Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Quotes, Acknowledgments
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One. A book begins:
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...the lettuce and cabbage. eyes bright, like something that lives, insane, way up in a high tree. A tall, sky-filling Nutt tree, or a nutty one, not a nut-bearer—pizenous in the opinion of many locals (like Horace Ginkel). She blackens a tooth with a child’s crayon and runs screaming down aisles toppling as she goes ziggurats of ...
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...da perdido. linda perdido has had a further thought and reversed the north drunkenly crisscrossing the dotted line in a mood of set a seeming. She has gotten as far as the town of p— , the name no one can pronounce near the White russian river, far far in a County, a place no one visits unless they have relations holed up ...
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...begins to sing “old Man ribber,” not that the words have much the saying of these small words and the half-singing of them is a comfort to him. This is all, there being quite enough of every-thing. all around is only an overplus in the weariness department. World tired had it up to here early retirement weariness. Burned ...
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...thinks. Thinks Linda Perdido, all ablaze like the scratch and fire-small they are. indeed, the creatures of Saint lydia’s, children and adults both, scurry about in aimless confusion as their tormentor glares down at them from above, at her perch on the very tip of the Gothic Revival pinnacle that tops the edifice, and has been her ...
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County, holding hands. Their eyes sparkle; they are in love. Be-of tremulous metallica. all is well; the world is a happy place for those aloft in the hot air balloon of their over-wandering, far blacken and reblacken each others’ teeth, and ride the wind known as the north american imp’s Breath as it wafts them, completely ...
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...reason. and so. and so, one time after a long illness, never mind precisely what kind; and other disasters both personal and private (never mind never mind), i got my things together and set out (Set out! Isn’t that fortuitous?) on a journey of healing and meditation and (inner and outer) exploration. My journey, I reckoned, was to ...
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...to the faint echo of a clamor far off, cocks an ear. Clamor or a clangor. The C/T sits. Slight tremor. last night at where and who and. Slight tremor very slight. Take a wee white pill. amanita white. Smiles, unsmiles. Clamor can mean trouble, but usually that is the precinct of state and local police. not the department of ...
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...i teach Creative non Fiction at Groaner and Fiction at doubleton College in old Macassar and Memoir at Set County State at osiris, one listens to anyone in this state. Spider Getuli. nobody knows it but there is a coal seam running underneath the town here and under Saint lydia’s and the WalMart and so on underneath Jolly ...
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Burn Slipp is gone. Spider Getuli stumbles off to a far, far room, around a corner, perhaps to the crawl space behind the stairway to the attic and next to the occluded area (Area B) behind the old ness of thought and gesture, yet for all the world possessed each manner. Explaining mutual interests, family secrets (the burden ...
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...me anything except in a foolish rhetorical flourish; no, in the jest of jist, for such a very long time that my consciousness has been, hunk of blackest basalt. i am that i was am. Just like you a self but a slow one, a self on the shelf of inevitability. Has been lev-ter) as if my character were some kind of painter’s drop cloth laid ...
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...will say; papers around here are so predictable: The Tribune, The Tattler, The Trapeze; therefore, that is what will be said, or scribbled by that idiot, Anne Doyle, who filched my boyfriend Arthur Rock-domely. i believe it was my Junior prom. Wish i could just skip bloody wasn’t bad enough. Being borned, and thrust into a wide, ...
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...technique for keeping a balance. His bicycle is an ancient one, a Yale, with no gears and no mirror, and simple reflector lights. jarring, jolting misconstruction with mechanical cycle more like a wobbling cycloid. For Khalid such perceptions are pointless. His employer at ray’s radiant radical Systems is a believer in strict ...
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...basalt jaguars with dazzling eyes of aquamarine; bear’s ears and tiger’s tails emerging from porcelain rhododendrons transmuting with hard eyeless expression—perfect imitations, dude, of their nated by ray’s radiant radical Systems; not the bearer of its bur-ing, Khalid notes the scene looks a little too real to be real. He ...
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...do when the accused stands there in the full nakedness of total absence under the bright light of an accuser who is fully there, rightly say, if knowing and speaking come from a knowing that is heart. Seems a truism, but what it is that’s hidden is never all that obvious because if it were everything would be open and visible, ...
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...…because face it, i am just a totally, like, like ordinary un-catchable, gap-toothed girl, always hitting my head on things and a lot less frail than i look. and were i ever to actually speak to one of you totally clueless totally unattractive blockheads (a thing i would never, ever do) i might say something like. like. no, i ...
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...worried about all that smoke over in the rolling hills near, near p— ; too too near to orbicular Heights where is situated his third and least favored establishment, What What, or Quid Quid as that snide professor calls it name of something like orestes Bombay, bigwig expert in something called Helmholtz Tree Energy over in ...
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...the whole, damn thing. Hedges, his car says to him, bringing him back to reality and to the monkey puzzle of hedges that surround es and other mazes of funds and bets, and all the other hedgiest Spider Getuli’s Jord senses the thrill of other people’s money. in-deed, Spider has the distinct impression that the automobile has ...
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...tion. nut, she corrects herself, for even in her journalist manifes-tation she is a terrible speller, as a speller of words that is. What occasions this remark is her discovery of, just outside her door, across the hall from the C/T’s door, three identical shiny black briefcases, and a little later, the sight of his car once more occupy-...
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...tle and hears heavy iron hinges squeal; a small sign reads: Trans Gondwana Underground Isthmus, which suggests nothing to her, but as we are clearly within the purlieu of the Mad dangle estate and outbuildings. She wants to enter, to look about a little, but hesi-tates. She hears the rapid-fire hollow thumping of a woodpecker ...
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By this time (or is it by that time or is it by any time, but wild time? Time qua time?) Khalid has also made some progress, as he all the way around the world; although he, unlike david has had around the world, more or less parallel to the equator, although sometimes veering as much above as 40˚ (or in the vicinity of) ...
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...minutes or hours or days or weeks or years, annabella d’amico has appeared on the streets of Soho, not a little perplexed. She seen plenty of pictures of the place, especially in the now more City at all: No, she imagines that this is some exotic part of Set County she simply did not know was there, or the result of some ...
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...ues. Bitter cold, driving snow and hail. Hausser’s ii S.S. panzer-Russian resistance, particularly on the eastern flank of the Ger-man drive is ferocious. But reasons Hoth as does Manstein, once we cross the Mius and establish ourselves in the town we will be able to consolidate our position. What neither Hoth nor Manstein ...
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Yes, almost a suspicion; and as suspicion is the special forte of the C/T he does not refrain considering the whys and wherefores of this suspicion, like the expert oenologist, slowly rolling about the old Tokay in the goblet so as to better examine the nose and legs and body and other less but distinctive qualities. Qualities ...
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Security as i have this hunch that what we are dealing with is an instance of terror. annabella, you see, was known to have visited the pyramids in Cairo, egypt, and she was known likewise to have frequented certain establishments in Arab town over in, over in new Belial on account, you know, on account of the parable of ...
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...en silent valises of his simplemindedness silently arrange them-writing an untrue book about (horrid fiction!), much less a true one. My evil sister, my wicked sibb, draws me on with feints and clever disguises (i thought for a time he was one of her shifting shapes since there was something about his wobbly attentiveness, ...
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...triplex iteration is, I swear, identical to my own tritone call (at least in the micawberish gibberish of Macaws) as i soar far, far above you all on my great circle journey, crossing latitude after latitude, in search of lord knows what, others of my kind, of my kind of kind, perdido’s Macaw, brothers and sisters of a radiance both ...
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...futures, they are talking about the storm, the storm of the cen-tury. at the Monkey Bar they are not talking about monkeys, but about the storm, the storm of the century. all over Set County they are talking about the fires at Saint Lydia’s and how a huge black cloud of smoke and niter has flowed up and out of that fire ...
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Battle of Kursk and all the madness and clangor of those awful days, the C/T wakens, refreshed and reinvigorated. an old piece of classical music is playing on the radio, WSeT, the station of dresses quickly, in greys and blacks and bleaks, the muted colors of his profession, pockets his Blackberry and sets off for work in ...
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...of Set County, the truth is that what he told was peripheral to the truth, more or less parallel to the truth, but not in all respects true. should have been named if the place had been lifted out of time and rotated in four-dimensional space by an eye careful to catch is true, and both the girlie boys alluded to above and Slow Burn ...
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...fashion the project of which he is the chief architect (literally Chief Architect!): Namely the construction of a set of seventeen, splendid towers of glass and crystal. Towers of the sort they have in the Grande Marchè, all this a gift of the people of the Grande Marchè to the people of Set County, directed by the Bioko fam-...
Thirty-One (& a Half).
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...escondido. He does not really buy any of this, but since he can-not prove the suspected fratricide—beyond a shadow of doubt—...
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...and for some reason something like a harrowing of hell, and far, far away things are clicking along as the worm wheel is turned by the meshed teeth of a threaded cylinder of the threaded shaft of derstood, that creature of calendars and clock faces, something uniform, if not visible and palpable. and as all this clock workery ...
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...moves his arms; in one hand he carries a crozier of some kind, a staff with a crook or a cross at one end. Khalid thinks the crozier key wrench, but he sees that it is a barcode reading device. pong intone: ping ping pong, and then, ping ping pong; and then pong the ghost Finella has said: When you tell someone he is not able ...
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...silly birds are, for instance, always darting about this way and that, or diving to pluck a plump rabbit or quail; or among the stranger that unaccountably bring them back right where they started hav-enormous amount of precious feathery elan. Better off by far, i suspect, to stay where one is, pondering the nature of things, ...
Epilogue: Another book ends and something Lovely is Lost.
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...all in all it has been a blast. Spike and i never had it so good. To fly, coasting along without a sound, over the dreaming face of north america—Set County’s in north america, isn’t he? Seeing many places filled with people leading their big old lives, oblivi-ous (is that a word?), doing their job of work as if there were no, ...
Page Count: 237
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth