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Gods Without Men (Vintage Contemporaries) (original 2011; edition 2013)

by Hari Kunzru (Author)

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Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed--but not unchanged--the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them. Driven by the energy and cunning of Coyote, the mythic, shape-shifting trickster, Gods Without Men is full of big ideas, but centered on flesh-and-blood characters who converge at an odd, remote town in the shadow of a rock formation called the Pinnacles. Viscerally gripping and intellectually engaging, it is, above all, a heartfelt exploration of the search for pattern and meaning in a chaotic universe.… (more)
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Title:Gods Without Men (Vintage Contemporaries)
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Fantastic book. I will definitely re-read to try to tie some things together better. If you are a fan of either the surreal or post modern genres, you should read this book. ( )
  Drunken-Otter | Aug 20, 2021 |
SF Chronicle Best of 2012
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Bottom line, God's without Men is an excellent read. Well written, compelling, intelligent, and thought provoking. It leads one to consider relationships, spirituality, parenting, history and ultimately the grey areas of reality itself. If you're hung up with easy resolutions, conclusive plots, and simple answers, this isn't a book for you. Not a "literary" work but that's not its intent. Well worth the reading and pondering experience. ( )
  colligan | Apr 27, 2021 |
Non-linear narrative acrobatics, puzzle-like structure. Kind of reminds me of [b:A Visit From the Goon Squad|7331435|A Visit from the Goon Squad|Jennifer Egan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1290480318s/7331435.jpg|8975330] in that respect. Wonderful storytelling. Doubtlessly will be a 2012 favorite for me. ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
I'm one of the readers who just don't get it. I've listened to this audiobook for more than four hours now and it seems so disjointed - many characters are introduced (some interesting, some not), but where's the storyline? None of the characters seem to be connected. Sometimes I like the style, it's quite descriptive, other times I think "no, it's not for me".
I persevered this long, I don't like to give up, but I'm giving up now because four hours is a long time to wait to see where the author is going when there are so many other books to read. ( )
  teedee_m | Aug 25, 2017 |
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Dans le désert, voyez-vous, il y a tout, et il n'y a rien...

c'est Dieu sans les hommes.

Balzac, "Une passion dans le désert" (1830)
De Indio y Negra, nace Lobo, de Indio y Mestiza, nace Coyote...

Andrés de Islas, Las Castas (1774)
My God! It's full of stars!

Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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For Katie
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In the time when the animals were men, Coyote was living in a certain place.
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Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed--but not unchanged--the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them. Driven by the energy and cunning of Coyote, the mythic, shape-shifting trickster, Gods Without Men is full of big ideas, but centered on flesh-and-blood characters who converge at an odd, remote town in the shadow of a rock formation called the Pinnacles. Viscerally gripping and intellectually engaging, it is, above all, a heartfelt exploration of the search for pattern and meaning in a chaotic universe.

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