"A crazy, wild journey up an Appalachian Trail paved with the stones of aphilosophical quest.
Lowery totes plenty of baggage on this walk fromGeorgia toMaine--Dante as his guide, with a soupcon of Pynchon, a nod to thepre-Socratics, Basho, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Whitman and others,making the work akin to The River Why
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.... Early on they meet Padma,a virtuous pagan (or is it God or the Devil?) who bestows upon them agift--guides to map the pair's way forward. These guides prove to beincandescent trials-by-fire, as is negotiating Lowery's writing--dense,probing, elegiac and as sinuous as the trail it charts, then becomingclear as a view from a summit.... Lurking amid the intellectual fuel are lovely descriptions of places--therhododendrons and trillium of springtime Tennessee... and utterly winning, joyful talk about campingequipment; the real Lowery as innocent, enthusiastic hiker abroad on theland. Deserves to be a cult classic.
--Kirkus Reviews (Star Selection for March 2011)
"Some are already sayingBret Lowery's American Inferno is destined to become a cult classic for anew generation, and they might not be too far off.
... [Once] youwrap your mind around his extensive love of adjectives, alliteration,and cultural and classical references, you'll find yourself flyingthrough the pages. Lowery writes like a man after my own heart... his skilled use of language is arefreshing change from so much of the drivel that passes as modernliterature today.... [You] can't deny thatAmerican Inferno makes for compelling reading
--San Francisco Book Review, July, 2011