Gob's Grief opens with the story of Tomo, the fictional son of Woodhull. At age 11, he dreams of escaping Homer, Ohio, to join the fighting. Unable to convince his twin brother, Gob, to accompany him, Tomo finally sets out alone and is promptly killed by a bullet through the skull. His twin never recovers from this loss. In thrall to his grief, Gob grows up to become a doctor, dedicating himself to healing the war's wounded. And by night, he toils away at a more unlikely corrective: a time machine that will eradicate death and bring back all the lost soldiers. His sidekick in this project is none other than Whitman, who shares his desire to resurrect those millions of departed souls: "Their marvelous passion would go out from them in waves, transforming time, history, and destiny, unmurdering Lincoln, unfighting the war, unkilling all the six hundred thousand."
Gob's Grief is an ambitious and occasionally convoluted story, which remains true to the stubborn mysticism of thinkers like Whitman and Woodhull. Cutting back and forth between characters and historical moments, Adrian never pretends to retrospective detachment. Indeed, his novel will appeal to fans of John Dos Passos or E.L. Doctorow--writers who borrow from history but repay their debt in the form of fictional insight. --Ellen Williams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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An excellent book. Beautiful magical realism wrapped in History. A story told from different perspectives that brings to mind "An Instance of the Fingerpost."Published 16 months ago by Mathew
I purchased this book because our book club is reading it this month. Unfortunately I have not finished the novel as of today, but continue to read and enjoy it.Published 20 months ago by Marylouise Flynn
I'm not usually one for historical novels, but this one wasn't bad. I was engrossed until the last third or so of the novel, when it seemed to go off the rails.Published 20 months ago by Cordelia
Lovely writing but the story is beyond bizarre. As others have noted, the short story - the first section of the book - is by far the best. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by WhiteCatWriting
Dark, Ominous, Wonderful! Beautiful Magical Realism! Take the Frankenstein story and Multiply it by Hundreds and Thousands. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Daniel W. Butler
I purchased a hardcover copy of a book (Gob's Grief by Chris Adrian) that is no longer in print. This seller offered far and away the best price. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by A. Ward
I was mesmerized by this book, and the currents of melancholy, longing and regret that run through it. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Jack M. Walter
Chris Adrian's novels came to my attention through the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and I hastened to order both of them. Read morePublished on March 29, 2007 by Dr. Eugene Pattison
among the multitude the men and women i perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signsPublished on September 28, 2005 by Amazon Customer