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the 'great human work',
This review is from: Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries) (Kindle Edition)
what if fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, pulp, journalism, blogging, poetry, twitter, screenplay, and the elusive anti-literature of the unspoken could all combine into a singular, monomythological effort of fluid, international, urban, comic tragedy?
what if a single work of literature could encapsulate the clumsiness of a mentally and physically handicapped child learning to walk, while, simultaneously, commanding the focus and precision of a seasoned warrior moments from mortal combat?
this epic supersedes the notion of the 'great american novel' both in depth of complexity and longitudinal scope, and may be the first 'great human work' to have graced the written page since the induction of the tropes that now bind 'storytelling' firmly to the human unconscious
i've heard politicians, artists, and blue-collar workers claim this 'generation' forfeit, but if this novel represents a literary approach toward a 'unified theory of everything' written about to date, i don't see why the youth of tomorrow wouldn't be more than capable of taking us - all of life - on to the long-forgotten - through war and economic desperation, through menial grievance and religious stubbornness - radiant future, once claimed to be capable of god alone
with this book, author tao lin achieves a glance into the self, into attempts to transcend the self, and microscope-like survey into the truth that not one of us has ever been, or will ever, veritably be alone in this, or any other world
'taipei' is a - now clearly inevitable - embodiment of what, over the course of our collective history, humanity has achieved and has yet to achieve through the perpetuation of 'virtue' and pursuit toward answering the all-inclusive 'how'
the answer is diligence, understanding, and embracing an appreciation for life beyond the selfish abstraction of 'why'