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Duplex: A Novel Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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Duplex is a fantastic alternate-world novel with connecting threads that resonate in our cultural consciousness. Themes such as the female condition, growing up, fertility, love and the human tendency to create stories and legends to explain life and experience. The language here is seductive and lyrical, and although the reader tries to make concrete sense of the story, he is left with more of a sense of the eternal and magical elements of life than anything. Quite brilliantly done, and it's a must read.
I can say it's unlike anything else I've read recently. I don't know if it's deranged or inventive or what, but it's a deeply unsettling book. I can see why so many reviewers react negatively, but I think this says more about the readers than the book. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's tough to dismiss it entirely. For those looking for something adventurous and unusual (and I increasingly am), this is worth a try.
The story weaves a sort of spell reminiscent of "magic realism." My all-time favorite paragraph in fiction is the end of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude," and I sensed a similarity, fleshed out and expanded as the doomsday proposition of another, even more strangely imagined, place and time.
In Duplex, dreams, science fiction, mythology, and philosophies collide with the ordinary and mundane, as if the collective contents of memory were dumped out of the unconscious and cobbled together in new ways. It wasn't so much the prose, or the characters, or the plot line that enthralled me. It was more like immersion in the enchantment of a multi-facted fairy tale, skewed and off, befitting the random information of our times.
Duplex is a unique work of art, and I will look for more by this author. My highest praise is that I wish I hadn't read it yet, so I could read it all over again for the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Believe me I TRIED to get into this book............I was a fan of CLOUD ATLAS, etc. but this book was so odd that I just couldn't see where it was gong or WHY! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've tried reading this several times but just can't get into it. Maybe at a later date. After persevering to the midpoint just couldn't justify pressing on.Published 4 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
I go through about 2 books a month and rarely feel compelled to share a review on a particular book unless I genuinely feel the book is complete waste of time to read, which is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Arata
I would consider myself to be an adventurous reader - as a child, I was a big fan of science fiction and fantasy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by George S.
Mind bending. Functions at the level of deep, subconscious metaphor. Bears two readings.Published 16 months ago by Alan Stern
Time moves quickly as this novel follows several groups of characters in parallel and possibly intersecting stories. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B
The book reads like a dream, literally. I found the dreamlike structure involving and enjoyable. I finished the book and immediately started to read it again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Praxa
I love this novel so much I wrote Kathryn Davis a fan letter. I read Duplex in two incredible sittings. I simply could not put the book down. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary L. Tabor
Well crafted, beautiful, horrific. While the plot of this story barely holds together, and leaves the reader truly lost at points, there is nothing flimsy about this novelettes... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Laurel Waterson