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Scorch Atlas Paperback – September 8, 2009
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Blake Butler engages in a struggle worth witnessing. Amid the loosely woven threads that constitute his story, shards of crystal poetry strand the reader in wonderment. There’s something so big about Blake’s writing. Big as men’s heads. Each inhale of Blake’s wheeze brings streamers of loose hair, the faces of lakes and oceans, whales washed up half-rotten. You can try putting on a facemask made out of old newspaper. You can breathe in smaller rhythms. But you won’t be able to keep this man out once you’ve opened his book. Open it! —Ken Sparling
I am always looking for new writers like Blake Butler and rarely finding them, but Scorch Atlas is one of those truly original books that will make you remember where you were when you first read it. Scorch Atlas is relentless in its apocalyptic accumulation, the baroque language stunning in its brutality, and the result is a massive obliteration. —Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody
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I didn't give it 5 stars because I thought the better stories were in the beginning of the novel, and it slowed down near the end. Regardless though, I will buy more from Blake Butler, after I've read some more cheerful stories.
It was an accident, yes, but I am keeping both of them.
Scorch Atlas imagines that certain sentences have not yet been written, and writes them. As far as I can tell, Scorch Atlas does not believe in boundaries in any strict sense.
We should be thankful that Blake Butler is writing fiction, and not using his talent in other ways, like by working for an advertising firm or being a really good lawyer. In Blake Butler, we have a huge and urgent new voice.
I like fiction that doesn't wear its ethical concerns on its sleeve(s), but is full with them. I like fiction that deals with human relationships in an inventive way, yet remains powerful. I like fiction that's built on gorgeous sentences. I like fiction that is what I would call "an aesthetic experience." Scorch Atlas does all this stuff. It's fractured, gaping, a seizure of overlapped stories, and what shines through is incredibly potent, beautiful, important, and something you want to keep with you. You want to carry it in your backpack or whatever wherever you go.
I would buy this book again. Okay?
I would not recommend this book to many people. It's bleak, and will leave your head feeling fuzzy, if you even finish it.
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This is pure bizarro apocalyptic fiction at it's best.Morning Is Dead,Angel Dust Apocalypse and Sideshow PI: The Devil's Garden!