✼ City of Saints & Madmen Epub ✿ Author Jeff VanderMeer – Bassgrotto.co.uk

City of Saints & Madmen In City Of Saints And Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer Has Reinvented The Literature Of The Fantastic You Hold In Your Hands An Invitation To A Place Unlike Any You Ve Ever Visited An Invitation Delivered By One Of Our Most Audacious And Astonishing Literary Magicians City Of Elegance And Squalor Of Religious Fervor And Wanton Lusts And Everywhere, On The Walls Of Courtyards And Churches, An Incandescent Fungus Of Mysterious And Ominous Origin In Ambergris, A Would Be Suitor Discovers That A Sunlit Street Can Become A Killing Ground In The Blink Of An Eye An Artist Receives An Invitation To A Beheading And Finds Himself Enchanted And A Patient In A Mental Institution Is Convinced He S Made Up A City Called Ambergris, Imagined Its Every Last Detail, And That He S Really From A Place Called Chicago By Turns Sensuous And Terrifying, Filled With Exotica And Eroticism, This Interwoven Collection Of Stories, Histories, And Eyewitness Reports Invokes A Universe Within A Puzzlebox Where You Can Lose And Find Yourself Again.

About the Author: Jeff VanderMeer

NYT bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called the weird Thoreau by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide spread critical acclaim and his prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translat

10 thoughts on “City of Saints & Madmen

  1. says:

    Some Fantastic Metafiction City of Saints and Madmen COSAM not only explores a world of New Weird author s Jeff VanderMeer s creation, it gives a detailed insight into the method of his creativity.It s not just a fantasy novel, but a highly accessible and rewarding exercise in metafiction.It s a composite of works short stories or perhaps novellas, fictional notes, fragments of drafts, reminders, observations, word sketches, drawings, illustrations, doodles, dream diary entries, the history of the fantastic city Ambergris, a family history of the Hoegbottons, a scientific monograph about giant freshwater squid, art criticism, little magazine articles, records of disputes between rival historians and critics, transcripts of witness statements, psychiatric reports, coded messages, correspondence, even a glossary, and footnotes.In a word, artifacts Or arty facts Two words.Pictures at an ExhibitionVanderMeer is an exhibitionist, he is so incredibly, no, fantastically, talented, and these bits and pieces are the pictures at his exhibition.The most analogous experience I have had is Nick Cave The Exhibition , a collection of personal possessions, notebooks, drawings, posters, photos, ...

  2. says:

    Jeff VanderMeer is a self proclaimed New Weird writer.The New Weird genre as we see it in Vandermeer, started off with the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft A modern example of another New Weird author, would be China Mi ville.Most people may know the first two authors mentioned as horror writers, and it is true that Vandermeer s stories contain a flavor of horror, though many of them are too humorous to be classed as horror The stories also contain a whiff of the strange and absurd, and quite a bit of tongue in cheek dark humor Essentially, it is imaginative post modernist fiction The stories include a strong sense of self referentiality For instance, some of them pose as history books or diaries This book is a collection of linked stories, possible to read as standalones, but all taking place in and around VanderMeer s invented city, Ambergris.Following are my impressions as I read the stories Dradin, In Love I m intrigued as to where the city is set, or shall I say, which real world location it is based on.Initially, I thought the jungle, but now, after mention of an Occidental woman and an old man defecating in the street, I m starting to think India Perhaps Bombay Mumbai It could also be in the Fidji islands where VanderMeer spent his childhood Possibly and probably all of them and at the same time, none of them Phew, what a harrowing story The author leaves you wondering about quite...

  3. says:

    I would love to say this novel defies description, but it doesn t In fact, thanks to the existence of a number of really quite fabulous works that came after it, some from VanderMeer s own hand, we can now properly place this work in its proper context.New Weird.Yeah, yeah, but WHAT DOES THIS MEAN In this case I d call this a tightly interwoven series of stories and faux academic papers surrounding the fictional city of Abergris Expect strange mushrooms that range from hallucinogenic to graphically horrific to a high grade fever dream of a Lovecraftian occultist And let s not forget the squids Or the squid cults Or how we have a large portion of the most respected library in Ambergris devoted to books on the squids that range from naturalists to fairy tales to squid cults to conspiracy theories hinting that some of the most troublesome parts of a few popular squid plays were, in fact, written by a certain cephalopod IN HIS OWN INK.Sound strange It isn t Not really Each tale is a low grade fever dream couched heavily in the normal, the regular, the banal Things only get odd at a slow rate, kinda like being boiled alive and not underst...

  4. says:

    Sometimes it doesn t matter what you hear about a book, all the promise described in glowing reviews it doesn t matter who suggests it, on what authority or with what arguments Sometimes, you re still going to come out the other side disappointed, confused how this could possibly be the book you had heard about, trying to reconcile the words of friends and fellow reviewers with what you have found on the page.I m there again There s something in it reminiscent of the moment after a car accident, where you re sitting in disbelief, trying to make sense of it, half laughing, half shaking your head.It s not that I don t see it the book certainly has the right markers the self awareness, the meta fictions, the ironies and self contradictions, the allusions and in jokes, the big, rearing ugliness of modern literature And yet to say that it has those markers doesn t mean much it s like saying that a math book has equations, it doesn t mean that they add up to anything.Indeed, markers are the easiest things to fake we all know what a piece of literature is supposed to look like, and so we can take the right words and the right techniques and include them But of course, you can use a word without understanding its definition, and you can adopt a technique without ever considering ...

  5. says:

    You know Mary Bennett in Pride Prejudice, who tries too hard to come up with profound or abstract things to say I was reminded of her while reading VanderMeer s writing style in City of Saints and Madmen I didn t read the whole book I have to admit I was too lazy to read the massive appendix.My favorite story within CoSaM was the Early History of Ambergris The historian who writes narrates the pamphlet Duncan Shriek added footnotes almost every other line the footnotes take up nearly as much space as the history itself In...

  6. says:

    Jeff VanderMeer is a very clever, very talented guy But I feel that sometimes, he lets his cleverness get in the way of a good story City of Saints and Madmen is his first visit to the city of Ambergris a city unlike anything I can think of in the modern world, that plays mix and match with references of geographical locations and eras that should have logically never met each other, and yet blend together artfully in this strange place The book is constructed as a collection of stories of wildly different formats From traditional novella to diary entry, historical pamphlets and detailed bibliography, we get to know Ambergris little by little, as a strange and experimental literary tapestry is woven in front of our eyes.It was the first time I d ever seen world building structured that way I felt like someone who came upon the relics of a long lost civilization and had to put disparate evidence together in order to understand the sort of place this once was It was challenging, and very demanding which was a bit than I had bargained for the first time I read ...

  7. says:

    WARNING This is not really a review, but City of Saints and Madmen requires something else entirely, and there may be a spoiler or two, but considering the book s form I doubt that will matter Dradin, In LoveAs Dradin experiences the rain, I am straining with the brightness of our first sunny day reflecting off the silky pages of City of Saints and Madmen, and I am struck by the sensuality of the experience a mere forty pages into VanderMeer s opus The weight of the book is comfortable in my hand, and it seems to reflect the weightiness of what VanderMeer is trying to achieve And those pages I don t think I have ever felt a book whose pages made me want to open the covers just to run my fingers over the paper It is the Bantam Trade Paperback Spectra Edition for any who d like to feel what I am talking about If this book becomes any sensory, I don t know if I will be able to handle it LaterSo Dradin is as mad as his Mother, maybe madder assuming she was really mad, of course.It just struck me that the murderousness of Ambergris during The Festival of the Freshwater Squid, might not have happened at all What if Dradin had a full psychotic break after he killed Dvorak What if the murderousness of the Festival was in his mind What if the woman he loved wasn t a mannequin at all What if he killed his love himself so that he could keep her with him, dismembering her as he did his sweaty Priestess from the jungle Even if all of these que...

  8. says:

    If Proust had been a hella Dungeon Master and then dropped all the monsters and sword play you might end up with something like City of Saints and Madmen.For several years now, I ve almost exclusively read books as research for my second novel With few exceptions when the books were short , I ve been committed to that focus religiously As religiously as an atheist buddhist jew can be Not all the books I ve read were chosen for concrete research, per se such as, I ve invented a character who survived a botched lobotomy so I m going to read books by Ann Coulter but sometimes I choose books to get a taste of stylistic influences that might be complementary In this case, City of Saints and Madmen gave me the impression of a sensuous style and fantastical weirdness Tastes great, filling.I was right It s a pretty sweet book, wonderfully written in most ways, yet it still let me down as a whole for two particular reasons that are my own bias First to the good As I implied by the Proust reference, his writing ability is outstanding His sentences never achieve the labyrinthine subliminity of Proust, but he certainly has an impressive and natural command of language, grammar and sentence structure that aspires to the Proustian The quality is erudite, rich and evocative He also switches personas adeptly fr...

  9. says:

    I was in a New Weird mood about a month ago and this is one of the books I read I liked most of the stories in it and enjoyed the use of framed narration I d rank it somewhere between Perdido Street Station and The Scar.

  10. says:

    DNF at 26%I can appreciate the obvious beauty of the writing but there is absolutely nothing making me want to keep turning the page I find the characters repulsive, the setting baroque and the writing overly concerned with it s own trickiness.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *