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  • By Kyle Muntz
    Jan 8, 2009
    "The Iconoclast" An amazing book. What astounded me most was that there was (gasp) a modern author that actually cared about prose. The whole was wonderfully inventive, and extremely unique, featuring a cast of characters that fluctuates between odd (Julius) to extremely odd (Jeeves) and absolutely crazy (Xerox)- but extremely well rendered, and possessing more quirks, eccentricities and peculiarities than I've ever seen in a novel... like Jeeves, who compulsively wears a George Washington (powdered) onto a first date, rides his own sidecar, and sells hot dogs in the bathroom of a chaps emporium... the sheer amount of craziness, in the characters themselves, is its own form of virtuosity. The number of literary references is astounding. Cultural information isn't quite as effective, but it manages to be, like much in first section of the novel, extremely strange- a particular highlight being an astoundingly random Cannibal Corpse cover... I suppose if I were to dissect the... More > novel, it reminds me of what might happen of Pynchon streamlined his style a bit and took to writing absurdist sci-fi. The prose is extremely good in its more lyrical moments, though it tends to be permeated with a B-movie feel (which is touched upon in the novel itself), that occasionally shreds through moments of what might be pure linguistic bliss. The plot plays out with Borgesian complexity- complete with multiple references to the man himself, including a hilarious scene involving a library.... The whole is intricately philosophical, though I gave up looking for allegorical function in Jeeves's eccentricities, barring when they applied directly to plot or characterization. I found the first segment weakest, in comparison to the rest of the novel, though it was obviously meticulously done: details that spiderweb throughout, weaving through. The most serious problems were moments where the presentation came off a bit lacking, such as the initial "nokay", or a completely underplayed moment of random anger. After Xerox (who was most definitely my favorite character) appeared in the second segment, the prose took a dramatic turn for the better, and everything suddenly took on an exquisite, magical quality. It's still a first novel, and I get the impression, despite the unified feel, it was written over quite a long time- the way first novels tend to be (speaking from experience here), in which the flaws, though you might be able to cover them up, are still there to a minimal extent, despite being in superbly polished form. I think what I enjoyed was the author's obvious enthusiasm for quality literature- for post-modernism in general. I found myself wanting to litter this review with an encyclopedic number of references, to suit the novel, but I've already been outdone- I mean, I think the only major literary figure he skipped was Proust, though I might just have missed some clever parody of Swan's Way. It's a thematic banquet, and a delightful play on the theme of history... or maybe just the fundamental principles of existentialism, all branded together, and bound to an absolute union.< Less
  • By Thom Pattavina
    Mar 3, 2007
    "Jeeves" An amazing romp through the sublime metaphore of life. Underlying the complex insanity beats the heart of a true hero, though Jeeves may not be that man, one exists. Mr. Carey is a true paradigm of humaity.. this book rocks me to the core. I cannot describe what this book made me feel, though I know that it is the culmination of a dream. The Iconoclast is a like taking philosophy, postmodernity, city life, adding a touch of paranoid insanity and blending them in the Cuisinart of your soul. Enjoy this book in all of its subtle shadings. ROCK ON all stars Julius
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Product Details

Edition
Version 1.1
Publisher
jb carey
Published
September 12, 2006
Language
English
Pages
400
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.47 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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