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Gob's Grief: A Novel Paperback – March 12, 2002
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Gob's Grief opens with the story of Tomo, the fictional son of Woodhull. At age 11, he dreams of escaping Homer, Ohio, to join the fighting. Unable to convince his twin brother, Gob, to accompany him, Tomo finally sets out alone and is promptly killed by a bullet through the skull. His twin never recovers from this loss. In thrall to his grief, Gob grows up to become a doctor, dedicating himself to healing the war's wounded. And by night, he toils away at a more unlikely corrective: a time machine that will eradicate death and bring back all the lost soldiers. His sidekick in this project is none other than Whitman, who shares his desire to resurrect those millions of departed souls: "Their marvelous passion would go out from them in waves, transforming time, history, and destiny, unmurdering Lincoln, unfighting the war, unkilling all the six hundred thousand."
Gob's Grief is an ambitious and occasionally convoluted story, which remains true to the stubborn mysticism of thinkers like Whitman and Woodhull. Cutting back and forth between characters and historical moments, Adrian never pretends to retrospective detachment. Indeed, his novel will appeal to fans of John Dos Passos or E.L. Doctorow--writers who borrow from history but repay their debt in the form of fictional insight. --Ellen Williams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the characters in Gob's Grief are extraordinarily compelling creations, particularly the Urfeist, and Pickie Beecher. I recommend this book with the caveat that it is not for the faint of heart or those unwilling to suspend disbelief. Certainly, I'll be very interested to see what Chris Adrian does next. For a first novel, this is an impressive debut.
GOB'S GRIEF is a strikingly emotional and original novel, set in a time when Americans were seemingly drowning in anguish, desperately trying to make sense of a country that had turned on itself. Elements of romance, history, horror, spiritualism and magic realism are ambitiously combined, with mixed results--sometimes the book feels repetitious and overstuffed, and some elements simply never quite manage to fit. However, as a whole, this is a memorable debut novel from a talented writer. I'll be looking for his name again.
The tale of Gob, Macie, Dr. Fie, Pickie, and Walt Whitman is very engrossing. The obsession with conquering death permeates every chapter. The feelings of grief and despair are palpable.
The ending, while it may leave some disappointed, was handled very well. With a tale of this scope and subject I was very leary of how the ending would be done, but I was not disappointed.
I eagerly await the next effort by Mr. Adrian!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many others, I was captured by the first part. But as the book progressed, I was more and more at sea. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Chatfield
Grief through the eyes of the grieving, where loss is inconsolable. A word painting exhaustively portraying the futile pursuit of a solution to the insoluble enigma of how the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas E. Scott
An excellent book. Beautiful magical realism wrapped in History. A story told from different perspectives that brings to mind "An Instance of the Fingerpost."Published on June 2, 2013 by Mathew
I purchased this book because our book club is reading it this month. Unfortunately I have not finished the novel as of today, but continue to read and enjoy it.Published on February 13, 2013 by Marylouise Flynn
I'm not usually one for historical novels, but this one wasn't bad. I was engrossed until the last third or so of the novel, when it seemed to go off the rails.Published on February 11, 2013 by Cordelia
Lovely writing but the story is beyond bizarre. As others have noted, the short story - the first section of the book - is by far the best. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by WhiteCatWriting
Dark, Ominous, Wonderful! Beautiful Magical Realism! Take the Frankenstein story and Multiply it by Hundreds and Thousands. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Daniel W. Butler
I purchased a hardcover copy of a book (Gob's Grief by Chris Adrian) that is no longer in print. This seller offered far and away the best price. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by A. Ward
I was mesmerized by this book, and the currents of melancholy, longing and regret that run through it. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Jack M. Walter