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Rats Live on no Evil Star Paperback – February 1, 2012
About the Author
James David Audlin is an American author living in Panama, after previously living in France. A retired pastor, college professor, and newspaper opinion page editor, he is best known as the author of "The Circle of Life". He has written about a dozen novels, several full-length plays, several books of stories, a book of essays, a book of poetry, and a book about his adventures in Panama. Fluent in several languages, he has translated his novel "Rats Live on no Evil Star" into French ("Palindrome") and Spanish ("Palíndromo"). He also is a professional musician who composes, sings, and plays several instruments, though not usually at the same time. He is married to a Panamanian lady who doesn't read English and so is blissfully ignorant about his weirdly strange books. However his adult daughter and son, who live in Vermont, USA, are aware, and are wary, when a new book comes out.
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James David Audlin's novel is brilliantly imaginative, with compelling characters caught in a whirlwind of interweaving plot threads. As the story dances along the surface of its actions, one senses also a profoundly deeper symbolic thread that Audlin's is able to present without being overbearing.
I particularly enjoyed Audlin's skill as a writer, honed through a long life as a minister, journalist, translator, and poet. Rats Live on No Evil Star invokes in my mind Gabriel Garcia-Marquez in space, in a fanciful flight of magical realism. I highly recommend this book.
Audlin plays masterfully with time and science and human emotion, creating a future spun out through the words of a tree in a world which is unfamiliar and familiar all at once. This book needs reading, and once read it will stay in your mind.