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Whale Man Paperback – February 1, 2011
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The whale is a hefty symbol in American literature, and Alan Michael Parker's amazing new novel gives the behemoth fresh meaning. The writing is exquisite, the emotions fathoms deep, the plot riotously funny. --Jill Ciment, author of Heroic Measures
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Whale Man is full of intricate turns (no SPOILER here) and I found myself hanging on tightly as I rounded every corner of this suspenseful story. Beneath Whale Man's plot, its hilarious dialogue and its illustrations of a whale-crazy America, is a beautiful story of grief, the process of grieving, and the seemingly futile obsession one may pursue in order to deal with that grief, which is whale-big, as big as the catharsis waiting on the other side, and well worth the read.
Avi's story begins with an ALICE IN WONDERLAND-like awakening and though it eventually becomes firmly grounded in reality, the story continues to move in and out of moments of absurdity and dreams.
The writing is layered with metaphors, word play and gorgeous prose that should be read aloud. At the same time, the story is accessible and the characters extremely likable (especially the ones who aren't very likable). This is a great read that I suspect will offer many new discoveries upon rereading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whale Man was different - I had a difficult time staying with it. I kept thinkng there was a hidden meaning that I wasn't getting. It was definitely an escape from reality!Published on October 28, 2011 by Sophie Marshall
This is a swell story and a really good book. It gets a little crazy at times. Look out for the Camel. If you want to know what that means you'll have to read the book. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Holden Caulfield