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Unreal City Paperback – April 1, 1996

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From Scientific American

In many ways, these glassy-prosed pieces are the textual offspring of a magical realism committed to tinseling the quotidian with imaginative flash and mystery. They are surprising fictions, blackly comic cultivated philosophical investigations into where the dreary ends and invention's geography takes over, how sanity always waits, ready to become something else, how every moment -- if one just looks hard enough and from the right perspective -- holds within itself a blink of bewitchment.


Through the fantastic and the surreal, Kennedy takes us on a journey to those more than real cities of the mind and habitations of the spirit. His is truly an original voice, the sort one discovers with enthusiasm and delight; the gifts he brings us are for midable, memorable,and lasting. -- Gladys Swan, author of Carnival For The Gods

Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wordcraft of Oregon; 1st edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877655171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877655173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,953,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Kennedy's Unreal City shows the pleasures of a novelist at his peak of creativity. The endearing readability of Carver and the emotional impact of Nabokov can be found between the pages of this book. Buy it and be blessed.
--Nick Carbo, author of El Grupo McDonald's
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeigfreid Cash on March 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Reading Unreal Cities, by Thomas E. Kennedy, was a real pleasure. From the moment I picked it up I could tell that this was an author I could subscribe to. His first short in the book is about a man who makes it his personal quest to eat everything in his house. The story is detailed and thoughtful, and is an insightful exploration of how obsession can quickly become enlightenment and just as quickly fall apart. Though there are a few stories that I couldn't handle, most of them were along a similar vein and were similarly thought provoking. From a man who briefly finds truth in a shadow, to a darwinist whose ultimate understanding of the subjective realities of nature get him shoved down a flight of stairs by creationists; each story is another example of where the search for enlightenment can take us if we don't watch ourselves carefully. It isn't the greatest book in the world, but 2.5 simply doesn't do it justice.
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