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Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

Song of Kali (1985)

by Dan Simmons

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undecided about how I feel about this book. perfectly ambivalent. ( )
  lyrrael | May 18, 2014 |
Just dreadful. The ignorance and hatred that pervade this story truly make you feel soiled reading it. If I'm going to horror that's superheated by prejudiced fear of the dark, impoverished hordes, I'll stick with HP Lovecraft. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
I read Hyperion & loved it. This is very different but (almost) equally as brilliant. A terrifying story of blood & destruction in Calcutta, and his first novel. ( )
  marek2010 | Sep 5, 2012 |
This is a novel that I really wanted to like. I'm a fan of Dan Simmons, have heard good things about this book, and thought the premise was good. Despite all of those things, I was never able to get into the story. Part of it was that the story was really slow to develop. Another part was that I couldn't relate to the main character Bobby Luczak, a poet who is covering a story on a supposedly dead English poet. I thought Simmons did an effective job of painting Calcutta as the most God-forsaken place in the universe. There were some interesting aspects to the novel, like the backstory of the cults in Calcutta and their relation to the goddess Kali. The author also did an effective job in showing Luczak's unraveling. Still, for the most part the novel didn't work for me and left me unsatisfied.

Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
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who has heard the song,

And for KAREN and JANE,

who are my other voices"
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Some places are too evil to be allowed to exist.
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"O terrible wife of Siva / Your tongue is drinking the blood, / O dark Mother! O unclad Mother." It is remarkable that prior to writing this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent only two and a half days in Calcutta, a city "too wicked to be suffered," his narrator says. Fortunately back in print after several years during which it was hard to obtain, this rich, bizarre novel practically reeks with atmosphere. The story concerns an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta to pick up an epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly constructed, brutal, and uncompromising study of the degree to which an evil place may permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel about a violent society as a defensible and indisputably moral work of art." Song of Kali won a World Fantasy Award. --Fiona Webster

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Robert Luczak, sent to Calcutta to interview the mysterious poet, M. Das, who has been missing for ten years, discovers that the missing man is mixed up in the death-worshiping cult of of Kali

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