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"Parsifal's entire quest might have nothing to do with his cup and everything to do with the lost nuclear associated with it. This is pretty banal stuff, I know, but it's also pretty deep stuff, and Krusoe is sufficiently artful at scrambling his oppositions and his timeline that the experience of reading Parsifal is the opposite of banal."—The Rumpus

"...dreamlike, at times even poetic, meditations on good, evil, blindness, and sight."
Daily Beast, Hot Reads

"The words of Paul Verlaine -- 'What is this sadness that creeps into my heart?' -- recur throughout the novel, and Krusoe replays them in jazz-like variations that accrue meaning and emotion until we come to see Parsifal as a tragic clown, a lonely fool without a heart, an emblem of the emptiness of a life lived, or a quest undertaken, without love."
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"Krusoe’s latest is a self-reflective coming-of-age story wrapped in a fable and sprinkled with wry observations…Parsifal becomes a piquant commentary on tensions between nostalgia and reality, the past and the present, and humanity’s need for myths.”—Publishers Weekly

"Set against an absurd backdrop of planetary warfare, in which myriad objects (car parts, paperclips, appliances) tumble from the clouds, and the earth shoots ash and smoke skyward, Parsifal’s story arrives in snapshots and snippets, short clips and punch lines. Krusoe’s swift prose blends references to epic poetry with contemporary fiction techniques, a hybrid of lyrical refrain (à la Carole Maso’s Ava, 1993) and agile irony (dramatic, situational, cosmic) into a quirky, twenty-first-century take on themes of reclamation and identity." —Booklist

About the Author

Jim Krusoe is the author of the novels Parsifal, Toward You, Erased, Girl Factory, and Iceland; two collections of stories; and five books of poetry. His stories and poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Bomb, the Chicago Review, the Denver Quarterly, the American Poetry Review, and other publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books; First Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193563934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935639343
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, which is the location of my forthcoming novel from Tin House, Erased. I have spent most of my life since then in Los Angeles. For about 20 years I wrote poetry, and then little by little learned to write prose, first stories, then novels. I'm still learning.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CVC on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
What do fountain pens, drones, birds, librarians, toasters, heavy artillery, the forest, the city and the Happy Bunny Preschool have in common? The beauty that is - Parisfal, a book like no other. Parsifal's search sends the reader spiraling slowly down - 'the silence of a falling star.' Down. Down, smiling along the way. Parsifal is a funny, melancholic tale, woven by a master of language, detail and deceptive simplicity. Humor and tragedy clasp together and hold tight. A must read!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booknerd on July 25, 2012
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I finished Parsifal last night. It touched me very deeply. Jim Krusoe's writing never ceases to amaze me--he uses simple language to create profound stories. He manages to be funny, surreal and tragic without ever losing his humanity. I love him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Keele on May 5, 2013
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This is a beautifully written book. Using simple language and phrases, Krusoe weaves together a rich tale. The way the story comes out-bit by bit, interspersed with other parts-is like a puzzle being put together right before our eyes. It is a profound, often humorous adventure. It feels like a classic fable written like a modernist novel. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Senor Bueno on June 24, 2012
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I received an advanced copy of this book through a teacher of mine. The way this book is written is new, fresh, and helps along the story which is equally as entertaining. Jim Krusoe has made a fan out of me with Parsifal and I'm already going back to read his other stories and books. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good works of literature.
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