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At turns heartbreaking and diabolically funny, Journey to Virginland is a tour de force, delivered by a master storyteller.
protagonist, a loutish and uber-cerebral antihero known simply as Dog,
takes on the challenge to navigate the perilous paradigm shifts of our
age, determined to find his proper place under the sun. Is he doomed to
failure? Or will he pull it off by heeding his own irreducible voice,
given the ebb of the old certainties?
pursues the answer unrelentingly, through an impassioned quest for
identity and meaning. He revisits his relationships with women, family,
literature, and homeland, in the process illuminating his journey with
commentaries on history, religion, politics, and culture that unravel
our very fabric.
Marked by biting
satire and tappings into lushest scholarship, Dog’s naked critique
touches on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity: the
arrogance of empire and organized religion, the persistence of bigotry,
xenophobia, and social Darwinism, the double standards of sexual
politics, the bankrupt rationale behind patriotism and state propaganda,
and hypercapitalism and consumerism, among others.
ocean of struggles and epiphanies takes Dog to a spiritual ground zero
called Virginland, where the story unfolds. It is also in Virginland
that Dog unearths an ancient calendar based on a cosmic worldview. His
discovery reveals the mythological underpinnings of the Zodiac, subverting the current conventional wisdom about the subject.
emerges from the protagonist’s odyssey is not only a cogent depiction
of what makes us tick, but, as day follows night, a dazzling new vista
for social and spiritual transformation.
With its vibrant style, thematic breadth, and, ultimately, unfettered sense of humanity, Journey to Virginland establishes itself as a groundbreaking literary enterprise and a true original.
all along, if you eschew advanced vocabulary, if you have entrenched
religious beliefs, or if you expect to read a traditional novel–as the
author turns the conventions of the novel (together with the
underpinnings of religion and human civilization) upside down. (Thanks to Goodreads for this disclaimer)
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