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The Atlas by William T. Vollmann
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The Atlas (1996)

by William T. Vollmann

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Sweet Reader,

Allow me to corral this stampede of kittens. One Blind Billy was so in love. Then his "wife" left him. There wasn't a ceremony as such, he just knew it. This was love for Lifetime movie Network, it lasted as long as he bought her drinks and paid for the hotel room. She was gone. Blind Billy then had horrific heartache in his penis. He had to win her back. Traveling through more time zones than a Jim Jarmusch film, Blind Billy discovered some indelible truths. Clean water and being exempt from shellfire are overrated. The quest isn't too bad when carrying hard currency. Prostitutes are wonderful creatures, dreamily lost and not suffering any issues from prior trauma or violation. Blind Billy also finds opportunities to digest and extrapolate history. He interweaves such with bad poetry about whimpering sunsets and ocher teardrops.
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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
He is truly an amazing writer. This is not his strongest work, but is representative of what he probably could produce while you were finishing watching the DVD edition of 24, Season 2.

More prolific than Stephen King, and on par as a travel writer with Theroux. The man is a modern marvel, a national treasure, and made me wish I went to Deep Springs for my first two years of college. He sure the hell leads an interesting life. ( )
  darwin.8u | Oct 12, 2007 |
The author's obsession with the grotesque, abused, and wretched is in full display in this collection of stories aimed to make the Mary Poppins' of the world shed a tear. ( )
  gazzy | Feb 2, 2007 |
difficult at times, but always compelling. worth the read just to witness what vollman does with the english language. ( )
  miky | Jan 12, 2007 |
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