Cartwheeling into the Black
Paperback, 217 Pages
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From the back cover: "I continue praying till I am emptied of words though I remain prostrate as it feels as if some unknown part of me rises from inaccessible depths and continues supplicating without locution. After a vague but possibly lengthy portion of time I roll onto my back in blank exhaustion and closing my eyes I see countless stars emerging from the dark fringes of my visual field and flying away from me at fantastic speeds. Opening my eyes I sit up and begin to stand and when I get to my feet I am shot through with an exquisite feeling of joy which almost instantly vanishes. I stand staring at the thin grey carpet a moment and then decide to get wasted."
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Mar 9, 2016I wish I'd read Cartwheeling Into the Black sooner. The story of Solomon Fly is completely unique in its writing and yet universal in experience. I found Solomon to be completely authentic and delicately nuanced. His downward spiral is depicted in painful detail with brief bursts of something like joy. The grip of this journey was so intense that I felt compelled to read it in one sitting. At its best, the inner workings of Solomon's psyche are carefully written in otherworldly metaphysical prose, and Noorlander clearly articulates the abstract threats and terror of the mind. One cannot help but leave the novel feeling haunted by this man Solomon and his reality. Noorlander's talent for humor amidst dark chaos is also impressive. This novel could not have have been easy to write; congratulations on an impressive debut.
Jan 17, 2015Brilliant, gripping and meticulously crafted, Spencer Noorlander's debut novel is a tour de force. The story plays out within the troubled head of its protagonist, Solomon Fly, a lowly campus hand at a mental ward, whose restless mind and keen eye for the absurd render him increasingly unhinged from the world around him. Solomon's rantings range from outright hilarious to gut-wrenching, sometimes both at once. While offering a raw glimpse of the severity of runaway mental illness, Noorlander proves himself a master of his craft.
Dec 29, 2014Spencer B. Noorlander proved his writing brilliance with this first person narrative. Noorlander's unique writing style grabs the reader by the shirtfront, yanks them off balance, engages them in a cerebral journey, and spits them out the other side, all the while forcing them to expand the hardline boundaries of their belief structure. Dwelling on the "wrong side of the tracks" of the mental health continuum, "Solomon" plays brinkmanship on the edge of the abyss. Read this novel and broaden your horizons related to the deep and often dark intricacies of the human psyche.
Nov 9, 2014The book unfolds under the first-person narration of Solomon Fly, a character whose way of being in the world is immediately unsettling for its lack of definition. But Solomon's personality--sensitive to absurdity and chaos and incongruity to the point that he increasingly loses hold of any sense of order in the world--, along with the events of the story, offer a compelling treatment of dark themes about reality and God and evil and chaos that is rewarding because it is honest and raw and original but somehow avoids being despairing. I found myself being pulled along as I read by compelling and insightful narration, lucid prose, a moving story, ideas that left me unsettled, and a present-tense narration that is distant and frightening for the way it reveals nothing about the future and feels every moment as if the next one could be catastrophic. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 23, 2014Extraordinary storytelling of an unextraordinary life. Noorlander has delivered something special.
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- Spencer Boyd Noorlander (Standard Copyright License)
- September 19, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.17 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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