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The History of Luminous Motion (original 1989; edition 1996)

by Scott Bradfield

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Title:The History of Luminous Motion
Authors:Scott Bradfield
Info:Picador USA (1996), Paperback
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The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield (1989)

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Poetic and haunting, but ultimately not a book I'd recommend to anyone - I only give it three stars because it is well written. However, I could not imagine an eight year old kid who was as intelligent as our narrator actually acting out his Oedipal urges in this way and his 12 year old friend who is a Marxist is just a bit over the top for me. If the kid had anything else besides a good vocabulary going for him, perhaps I would have had more empathy for him, but as a narrator he was totally unlikable. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Phillip is eight years old. He experiences material reality as a hindrance, so he tries to stay in an inner realm composed only of abstract concepts like gravity, motion, sound and light. He lives with Mom, who stays alone in her bedroom. Once he killed a man with gleaming tools from a hardware store. He has a friend with whom he does burglary and drugs and seances. Then Dad comes to stay, and Phillip descends to a subterranean otherworld where he makes contact with "dead black things, obloid and featureless, like faintly disembodied laundry hampers." A sad, beautiful book.

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