Free read ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF î Michael CiscoIngs of a man in a straitjacket confined in an asylum These aren t complex metaphors waiting to be deciphered they are pure dream imagery whose meaning lies out of reach of even the author himself Does that make this book decadent Does it mean its author has nothing to say Maybe I used to think like that once But here is proof that even in the Now You Wanna Come Back faruture of peace and boredom that I believe humanity is headed towards the human mind will still be able to endlessly enthral and confound itselfThat a man could write a book such as this without being in an asylum or admitted to one shortly afterwards is a miracle "FOR WHICH WE SHOULD ALL "which we should all be and grateful Read Celebrant if want to have your mind opened and bent to breaking point to be reinvigorated as to the possibilities of human imagination You won t run out of ideas again any time soon As others have said a difficult book to review I was very often confused by it but at the same time I loved the process of reading it I don t think I can even coherently explain the majority of what occurred plot wise in the Celebrant and was still confused at the end but Cisco weaves magic with his wordplay and prose styleThis is only the second Cisco book I ve read The Great Lover being the other and the I read him the I enjoy and begin to understand his workI ve just ordered the Centipede Press limited edition 4 novel and one short story collection retrospective of Cisco s work on the strength of Celebrant Beautiful nonsense in the style of Invisible Cities there might be a plot in there somewhere but I keep losing track of it. To altered states of geography The lives of the characters in this dream adventure intersect like the architecture of an Escher woodcu.
share in author s gifts and have their world thrown To The Magical "to the magical them Its meanings like those of life are better elt than thought or said aloud I m not sure that the reviewers who talk of plot and indeed the author s own plot diagram at the start of this book aren t missing the point That is like analysing the structure of a Schoenberg chamber symphony when in The Einstein Decade (1905 1915) fact the thing is just music designed to enchant and take you awayWhat can I say Naturally occurring robots made of crystals of metal and rocksrom the mountains who clash together and copulate in the city of Votu cheered on by crowds of devotees as they drop nuts and bolts and absorb each other s shrapnel A shape shifting woman made of pure lead who needs to trick brothers and sisters into incest in order to distil the energy that sustains her body A man who carries a sword made of his own breath inside his lungs and constantly re shapes it as an offering panchira LOVEPOP gravure vol282 arisa nakano for the city which he seeks as a pilgrim but can never uiteind or is he already in it Or is it all the rambl. Rabbit Girls are locked in strange rivalries Celebrant is a sweeping antasy of pilgrimage and reincarnation and a travellers' guide. This was my irst encounter with the work of Michael Cisco although I am now dazzled to realise retrospectively that I have already shared the literary stage with him in Ex Occidente s This Hermetic Legislature a homage to Bruno Schulz contributor s copy still awaited Notto share the author s gifts and have their world thrown
worthy not worthylet s be clear this booknot worthyLet s be clear this book not or everyone It s probably like my CDs of the music of Arnold Schoenberg an obscure but extreme pleasure that I am doomed to be only able to share with a handful of people on earth while the rest think I m a madman This is the strangest book I have ever read put simply It is an "anti book a complete inversion of everything that we expect a novel "book a complete inversion of everything that we expect a novel be the work of an alien being disguised as a New Yorker I thought the surrealist novel was dead un dead an unachieved project that even the original surrealists themselves never uite managed it worked better in paintings I was wrong Cisco is realising their dream and a good deal Near the start I wondered if I was enjoying this if I could cope with it I began to slow down reading slowly than I ever usually do I wondered if this meant I didn t want to read it Then it dawned on me that a bizarre inversion had come over me I was reading this book so slowly because I NEVER wanted it to end I had grasped that it wasn t linear or progressive in the normal sense that its ending wouldn t actually matter all that much Like life the point of the journey would not be to arrive Once you abandon logic and the world you know and all the usual rules you can let this book wash over you and through you with its pure beauty the Antic world traveller deKlend is in search of the holy city of Votu where time runs backwards and gangs of scavenging Pigeon Girls and.