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You Bright & Risen Angels by William T.…

You Bright & Risen Angels (1987)

by William T. Vollmann

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I enjoyed the digressions more than the story. In fact, I enjoyed them a lot. The history of the rise of electricity in the first part of the book was a merciless synopsis of the westward ho! of frontier history. Things fall apart near the end. Or maybe the piss was knocked out of me by the shift from 10% action, 90% digression to 90% action, 10% digression. Vollmann is a wonderful digresser. So unlike 'War and Peace', I tended to skim the battle scenes in this book.
I will now NOT get raptured for reading this book. ( )
  dmarsh451 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Outrageous, difficult, head-scratching, odd, hilarious, unpleasant, disgusting. All of those things in pretty equal measure. And probably the funniest and brightest of Vollmann's work, to which my exposure is admittedly yet somewhat limited. Smacks a bit of a first author trying too hard to reach for everything and just slightly missing the mark, but You Bright and Risen Angels is fiery, if a little unfocused, genius. ( )
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