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The Human War Paperback – September 1, 2003
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About the Author
Noah Cicero lives in Ohio. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and webzines, including Reflections, The Surface, New Horizon, Brittle Star, Poindexter, AnotheRealm, Ygdrasil, Grundle Ink, Retort, Crimson Feet Connected, Jacob's Ladder, One Forty Two, Nth Position, Identity Theory, Newtopia, Subterranean Quarterly, Black Ice, and others. He also writes social commentary in collaboration with Oma Mullins.
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I read this book in less than 2 days, which is fast for my standards. Reminded me of Samuel Beckett and Sam Pink and Tao Lin and James Frey. If you like these authors this book is definitely worth checking out.
I really liked the conversational style with various people who have very different backgrounds and have different relationships with the author.
The problem and the huge turn off for me was the author wishes that he wasn't so "smart" and hadn't read so many books so he wouldn't think too much. He categorizes the people as "stupid" when they have different opinion than his own. Normally it would be OK but he talks about this too much all over the book.
Overall, this book may be worthwhile for the people who are in their beginning of the 20's.
Otherwise, it was a waste of time for me.
The book also contains two short stories at the end, which I liked a lot.
I highly recommend this book.
Noah's great innovation is the "sentegraph": prose so clipped that each line becomes poetry; the perfect obverse of "vers libre" poets who simply write prose with irregular line breaks. Noah comes screaming from the rust belt hell of Youngstown, Ohio, but don't expect just another sad-sack, Harvey Pekar type of artist: Cicero is young, brilliant, fearless, and completely original. He hangs out in Denny's and goes to strip bars and, in this book--written on the eve of the Gulf War II--rages against war and politics and the horror and emptiness the eve of war has caused him.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I hope this has helped.