Gods Without Men

Gods Without Men

Book - 2012
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In the desert, you see, there is everything and nothing . . . It is God without men.
-Honoré de Balzac, Une passion dans le désert, 1830

Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed-but not unchanged-the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.

Driven by the energy and cunning of Coyote, the mythic, shape-shifting trickster, Gods Without Men is full of big ideas, but centered on flesh-and-blood characters who converge at an odd, remote town in the shadow of a rock formation called the Pinnacles. Viscerally gripping and intellectually engaging, it is, above all, a heartfelt exploration of the search for pattern and meaning in a chaotic universe.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307957115
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jan 24, 2013

This book is absolutely gorgeous. For those who like surrealism, magical realism, and a bit of unexplained wonder. Kunzru's characters, relationships, and group dynamics are as always, impeccably written.

Jul 29, 2012

I desperately wanted to love this book, but I just could not finish it. The multiple plotlines are so complex and take so long before they connect, that it takes a massive force of will and serious attention and mental focus to keep some clue of what's going on.

Mar 10, 2012

Looking forward to this one. I read two of Kunzru's earlier books and they were brilliant.

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