- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1548179655
- ISBN-13: 978-1548179656
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Annals of Petronius Jablonski: An Odyssey of Historic Proportions and Priceless Treasure of Philosophy Paperback – June 26, 2017
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"The Farmer's Son" by John Connell
"A fascinating portrait of a single sensibility, a born noticer, someone on whom nothing is lost, observing birth and death, the landscape, and his own heritage." ―Colm Tóibín, author of "Brooklyn" Learn more
"Jablonski's first novel reads like a surreal existentialist crisis, a stream-of-consciousness narrative that employs secrets and intrigue as a driving, page-turning force. ... [He] is able to inject a sense of immediacy and intensity in the story by using sparse description that suggests more than it tells. ... An engaging narrative." Publishers Weekly
"I thought THE ANNALS a wonderful work, greatly enjoyable to read. It'soriginal, challenging and polished. I'm struck by Petronius' voice which is absurdly precocious and compelling and I think he may be one of themost original, yet recognizable characters that I've come across inawhile. I'm equally impressed by the way in which he reveals hissituation in life gradually and carefully through the eyes and behaviorof others - which takes some skill. It's a warmly comedic effect that'senhanced by a great sense of comedic timing. Even the minor charactersare complete in my mind through judicious representation of dialogue.I'm still rather baffled - in the best way - by what it is that I'vejust read." Goodreads
From the Author
This is the cardinal virtue of an Objective narrative. Given its timeless nature, there is no need to assemble it with rackets and ruses. With the envy of eunuchs and ingenuity fanned by resentment, men incapable of profound insights deny the Objective nature of the written word in the despairing hope of dissuading those who know the Truth and have the courage to write it.
I, Petronius Jablonski, hereby forbid any and all Freudian, structural, post-structural, post-post-structural, post-colonial, post-anything analysis or deconstruction of my Annals and condemn any and all such enterprises. All theorizing based on class, gender, and ethnicity is strictly prohibited.
An Objective narrative is not a Rorschach blot for one to project his pathologies and sundry whines. If the Reader insists on "reading into" the narrative, he should fill the margins with sketches of penises, vaginas, and stick-figures engaged in coitus.
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My favorites were the car buying scene and the concept of the Shovel. The latter which I think was of great help when this book got made. Petronius perhaps brands it as some great tool of philosophy to help us bear our existence, but I think he personally used it as a tool to cope with the alienating effects of psychedelics.
If you're looking for something new and challenging, buy this one.