The narrator of Thomson's book is a dancer living in Amsterdam. One day he goes out to buy some cigarettes for his girlfriend--also a dancer--and is kidnapped and held for a period of time before being released. It would be unfair to give away too much more. But suffice it to say that each development adds an additional coordinate to what we might call the novel's emotional geography. Indeed, the Dutch metropolis seems to be a full participant in this intricate fiction:
There was a sense in which the city had been trying to tell me something all along. You'll never solve this case. You might as well forget it. But I had not been listening, of course. Look at the map. It's all there, in a way. The whole story.At a time when so many writers are obsessed with trauma--particularly child abuse and its psychological fallout--Thomson chooses to explore the concept through an event that is both more and less sensational. The narrator's ordeal evokes the sort of highly ritualized bastinado that we encounter in, say, Story of O. Yet the author distances us from these events by switching from the first to the third person, a simple device that complicates and deepens the effect of the book as a whole.
Thomson's strange, disturbing tale asks profound questions about the burden of the past, especially of past events that set one apart from others. In this sense, The Book of Revelation chips away at the very notion of objectivity. How do we relate to others when we have experienced events that defy explanation or resolution? Perhaps such truths can be delivered only by (as it were) revelation. --Burhan Tufail --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
`The Book of Revelation' is an interesting book if not as good as Thomson's previous work which is still an amazing accomplishment.
And it was definitely not boring to see the role reversal of the sexual assaulter/victim story, which is almost always male assaulter/female victim.
He will carry the horrible events he endured in captivity for the rest of his life, probably without ever knowing the identity of his torturers.
What happens to the psyche after one has been imprisoned and sexually molested? And what if you are male? What if no one believes you? Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Doctor Anne
A male dancer recounts firstly his experience of being recognised by some of his fans while running an errand to purchase cigarettes for his girlfriend. Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by James N Simpson
This book was a disappointment, a decidedly weird book about a young English choreographer living in Amsterdam, who is drugged and kidnapped by three masked women, who then hold... Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by A reader
The Book of Revelation is the story of the abduction, confinement, and subsequent gang-raping a la physical mutilation of a famous ballet dancer in Amsterdam, Holland. Read morePublished on March 4, 2006 by Cipriano
The main character, while running an errand for his dancer girlfriend, is kidnapped by three women, who remain masked throughout. Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by trainreader
Rupert Thomson (1955) has written a fascinating and compelling sixth novel, and once you start reading 'The Book of Revelation', it's difficult to put the book down. Read morePublished on January 14, 2004 by Pieter de Rooij
An interesting read with an intriguing premise. A male dancer is kidnapped and held prisoner by three unidentified women who keep him chained up and sexually abuse him. Read morePublished on January 14, 2004
being that I stayed up till all hours last night laboring through this trite novel in hopes of some revelation that the title suggests; I'm cranky and tired but I'll try to keep... Read morePublished on January 14, 2004 by wormy
This book starts off with an interesting premise that never comes close to its potential.
Maybe it's the stereotypical English reserve, but I never got the impression that... Read more