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You Bright & Risen Angels (1987)

by William T. Vollmann

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The debut work of fiction from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central You Bright and Risen Angels is the work of an extraordinary imagination. In this free-wheeling novel of epic proportions, William T. Vollmann has crafted a biting, hilarious satire of history, technology, politics, and misguided love. In the jungles of South America, on the ice fields of Alaska, the plains of the Midwest, and the streets of San Francisco, a fearsome battle rages. The insects are vying for world domination; the inventors of electricity stand in evil opposition. Bug , a young man, rebels against his own kind and joins forces with the insects. Wayne, a thug, allies himself with the malevolent forces of electricity and vows to assassinate the preying mantis who tends bar in Oregon.… (more)
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  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
I enjoyed the digressions more than the story. In fact, I enjoyed them a lot. The history of the rise of electricity in the first part of the book was a merciless synopsis of the westward ho! of frontier history. Things fall apart near the end. Or maybe the piss was knocked out of me by the shift from 10% action, 90% digression to 90% action, 10% digression. Vollmann is a wonderful digresser. So unlike 'War and Peace', I tended to skim the battle scenes in this book.
I will now NOT get raptured for reading this book. ( )
  dmarsh451 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Outrageous, difficult, head-scratching, odd, hilarious, unpleasant, disgusting. All of those things in pretty equal measure. And probably the funniest and brightest of Vollmann's work, to which my exposure is admittedly yet somewhat limited. Smacks a bit of a first author trying too hard to reach for everything and just slightly missing the mark, but You Bright and Risen Angels is fiery, if a little unfocused, genius. ( )
3 vote eswnr | Jun 29, 2008 |
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The debut work of fiction from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central You Bright and Risen Angels is the work of an extraordinary imagination. In this free-wheeling novel of epic proportions, William T. Vollmann has crafted a biting, hilarious satire of history, technology, politics, and misguided love. In the jungles of South America, on the ice fields of Alaska, the plains of the Midwest, and the streets of San Francisco, a fearsome battle rages. The insects are vying for world domination; the inventors of electricity stand in evil opposition. Bug , a young man, rebels against his own kind and joins forces with the insects. Wayne, a thug, allies himself with the malevolent forces of electricity and vows to assassinate the preying mantis who tends bar in Oregon.

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