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Aberration of Starlight Hardcover – July 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564784398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564784391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The daring format devised by poet-novelist Sorrentino creates striking effects here, helping him to bare the realities behind the postures of vacationers at a New Jersey resort during the 1930s.
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The daring format devised by poet-novelist Sorrentino creates striking effects here, helping him to bare the realities behind the postures of vacationers at a New Jersey resort' -Publishers Weekly


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jjwylie@intermind.net on August 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
At a boardinghouse in New Jersey in 1939, four people come together: a ten-year-old boy, his mother and grandfather, and a salesman on the make. As each relates his or her own version or their meeting in a series of superbly-constructed yet vibrant vignettes, the pathos & hilarity build to a climax that both delights & instructs, leading to laughter that hurts.

Sorrentino has contrived an elegantly-patterned narrative that also manages to transcend its own schematic, creating 4 living souls whose shared dreams, defeats, memories & actions can enrich those of us who get to know them, seeing in their lives much of our own.

In this way, Sorrentino works as a literary alchemist, forging living gold from the base metals of his masterly technique & insight.

This is a book that deserves to sit on the same shelf as Faulkner, Hemingway, Woolf, and Joyce. It is a classic and will live long after its more popular brethren have been buried in the dustbins of literary history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
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The same story told by the four main characters - and all four are unreliable! Po-mo to the fourth power, as we try to construct the truth through such disparate eyes.

I suppose each reader will come up with what we hope the future held for the four of them, but the only clue I have to what Sorrentino might have had in mind is the order in which he told their stories. But I'm probably wrong considering it's G. S. I wouldn't be surprised if he had no idea in mind at all.

This is a quick read with long lasting wonder.
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