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The Divine Farce (LeapLit) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Eventually, the protagonist breaks out of his confining chrysalis/womb/prison into an even larger and more infernal existence: a series of Hadean caverns stretching in labyrinthine extension throughout...where? Life is reduced to eating, drinking, crawling over the teeming myriads of others.
Graziano's prose is richly textural, sensual, alive with detail. Scents, the taste of walls, of flesh, the feel of strands of hair lost in the cloacal waste that carpets the cavern floors -- these details come alive with a vividity that never seems overdone -- indeed, this book is a quick read.
Though apparently simple, the book poses questions always worth asking (and answering): Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? Is our purpose, as King Lear stated, but to "sleep and feed"? Like Lear, Graziano ultimately suggests that to do so renders "man's life as cheap as beast's": that in order to achieve our humanity, our individuality, we must continue to aim above, to search out the unexplored -- and maintain those often-tenuous connections with the others in our world, the ones who (for us) have names and identities that distinguish them from all the rest.
A fabulous work.
Although I finished The Divine Farce weeks ago, I just couldn't bring myself to write a review. Why? Well, at the risk of sounding hyberbolic--it's not easy to review utter genius.
I feel inept, really, attempting to review The Divine Farce. Both my husband and I felt that we're in the presence of a literary giant when we read both Love Song of Monkey and The Divine Farce...that Michael S.A. Graziano will be "our little secret" until his name graces the annals of literary criticism, college textbooks and lists of "recommended reading" for students.
The premise for The Divine Farce appears rather simple: two men and a woman are trapped in a cement cylinder with grates at the top and bottom. A sweet liquid showers them regularly, providing them with sustenance (and, according to Brian, skin conditioning). They are pressed up against one another, with only Rose able to crouch down in some semblance of a seated position.
Their world is pretty much between the ears: the imaginings of appearance, consideration of words spoken, interpreting physical touch.
Not content to leave well enough alone, Brian begins to work at the cement wall, memorizing every smooth bump with his fingers, his tongue.
But then the hole.
What is beyond their cylindrical prison? Or is that cylindrical heaven?Read more ›
Is this an afterlife? An otherlife? A dream? Whatever it is, it's not enough for Sage, who begins to wonder what's outside their enclosure and, through slow, patient machinations, the three burst out of their womb into a Dantesque hell crowded with zombie-like mobs with only two basic, alternating concerns: slaking their hunger and quenching their thirst. Knee-deep in muck and without any hope of bettering their plight, the masses circulate through an endless series of caverns and passages. There is no procreation and there is no death. The soulless rabble is "so driven by hunger and thirst, and so isolated from each other by the constant mixing of the crowd, and so numbed by the repetition of caverns and food troughs and rusty water pipes and perpetual battle, and so gratified at each orgiastic meal," that they have lost their "capacity for imagination.Read more ›
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The Divine Farce by Michael S. A. Graziano--how do I describe this book? For starters, it was unlike anything else I've read. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Kimberly Wade
Brief. Potent. Worth IT !! Seriously it's like you get smacked in the head with a hammer making you unconcious and then you have this really intense fasinating dream and POOF your... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by jerrygarcia
For those of us who have read Dante,sometimes you would like to cut through the personalities that are dated and try not to work to hard through the poetry to make a mental picture... Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by William B. Ross
It is I think telling that Graziano's The Divine Farce features within its pages a multitude, and quite possibly an infinitude of bodies that eat, drink, and copulate with Sage... Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Freeborn John
First, this is a very entertaining read. Second, it is allegorical, so don't complain if many things are physically or otherwise implausible. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by A guy with little time.
Full disclosure: I received an email from the Leapfrog Press (apparently having seen my Amazon.com reviews) asking me if I would like a free copy of the book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by Sir Charles Panther
Hell has something in store for everyone. "The Divine Farce" is a original take on hell and the afterlife from Michael S. A. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
The Divine Farce has a mildly intimidating cover, and seems intended to be more thought-provoking than relaxing. Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by Daniel Kimberg
"The Divine Farce" was a thoroughly enjoyable read, even if some of the images it provokes are far from pleasant! Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Giulia