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Light Boxes: A Novel by Shane Jones

Light Boxes: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Shane Jones

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Title:Light Boxes: A Novel
Authors:Shane Jones
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Novel

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Light Boxes by Shane Jones (2009)

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A small town has been experiencing February with all it's snow and darkness, for two years. The townspeople are fed up enough to fight back, which makes February even more angry, and he begins stealing the town's children. When Thaddeus' young daughter is taken, he and his wife come apart, and all the schemes to stop February fail. Through his grief, Thaddeus makes a plan to confront and end February at any cost.

Highly surreal, this story sometimes has to be pieces together. Normally that would annoy me, but not here, as I was so taken with the original style and strange story. ( )
  mstrust | Jan 18, 2017 |
This was such a great fairytale type read and one I recommend for everyone who suffers through that 'never ending winter' that the month of February can feel like to this Canadian. I love reading stories written by authors who are poets first / novelists second. There is a poignant, whimsical, emotional feel to their stories and [Light Boxes] is a perfect example of this wonderful synergy of poetry and prose. Some may call this one a miniscule fairytale. Others may call it a literary dalliance to tantalize the reader. I call it a delightful fantasy escape that is fresh, surprising in it's delivery and spontaneous in its radicalism against an personified oppressive force of nature. A quick read that can be completed in one sitting, or in my case, during a short 1 hour plane trip. ;-) Because I am just no good at getting to the deeper meaning of this story, I will instead quote what Steven Poole wrote in his Guardian review of Light Boxes:"Early on, a list of remedies (including the titular light boxes) suggests dourly that this is, in one sense, a fable of seasonal affective disorder; but eventually the awful truth dawns that it is an allegory about a depressed and unhealthy writer" Makes a lot of sense after reading Poole's review! Still, I really enjoyed my read of this one and I will now check out his other works. ( )
  lkernagh | Apr 20, 2015 |
This book was not my cup of tea. I'm all for a little fantasy and allegory but this book is one giant dream-like story FILLED to the brim with symbolism and metaphor. Maybe I just didn't fully understand what the Author was trying to say but I'm not quite sure if I want to. I couldn't even follow the characters or even get a sense of attachment to the story at all. The Author clearly knows how to write but I can't appreciate a story that gives nothing. Maybe this is why I'm not a poetry fan. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
Poetic, prescient, almost mythic in its simplicity. Unlike any book I've ever read: Jones is a genius for mood, allegory, poetic prose, and dissident voices. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
Poetic, prescient, almost mythic in its simplicity. Unlike any book I've ever read: Jones is a genius for mood, allegory, poetic prose, and dissident voices. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
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The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February. - Joseph Wood Kutch, The Twelve Seasons
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We sat on the hill. We watched the flames inside the balloons heat the fabric to neon colors. The children played Prediction.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143117785, Paperback)

A poignant and fantastical first novel by a timeless new literary voice.

With all the elements of a classic fable, vivid descriptions, and a wholly unique style, this idiosyncratic debut introduces a new and exciting voice to readers of such authors as George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and Yann Martel.

In Light Boxes, the inhabitants of one closely-knit town are experiencing perpetual February. It turns out that a god-like spirit who lives in the sky, named February, is punishing the town for flying, and bans flight of all kind, including hot air balloons and even children's kites. It's February who makes the sun nothing but a faint memory, who blankets the ground with snow, who freezes the rivers and the lakes. As endless February continues, children go missing and more and more adults become nearly catatonic with depression. But others find the strength to fight back, waging war on February.

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After a god-like spirit punishes a town for flying by making it perpetually live out its days in the month of February, children go missing and adults fall into deep depression, but a small contingent of townsfolk fight back, waging war on February.

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