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The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
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The Wooden Sea (edition 2001)

by Jonathan Carroll

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What would happen if, in the middle of your life, you were to meet your seventeen-year-old self? And what if he told you had lived all wrong, but, lucky for you, he was here to help you fix it? But what if you had only a week to fix it because it just so happens you also somehow just experienced the last day of your life and the clock is ticking. What if? Frannie McCabe realises something's seriously screwy in his life when the dead dog he buried keeps turning up again. The Sciavos, a couple whose domestic war keeps the police department on their toes, disappear completely. And his teenage self arrives, full of attitude, to help Frannie sort out his mistakes - before it's too late. This is classic Carroll: engrossing, believable, surreal and compulsive: small town America as we know it really is, deep down inside.… (more)
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Title:The Wooden Sea
Authors:Jonathan Carroll
Info:Tor Books (2001), Hardcover, 302 pages
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For me this lacks the naturalistic uncanniness of "The Land of Laughs" and is more like Wacky Wednesday on steroids. Weirdness is piled on top of weirdness as each chapter dives off the high-board into a different oneiric pool. There is a story here - or I guess more of a point than a story, about memory and the persistence of the self over time - but the technicolor goofiness of everything drowns it out. Time travel? Check. Aliens? Check. Zen koans? Check. Tancretic spredge? That too. What saves this novel from being annoying is Carroll's light-heartedness and obvious love for the suburban American setting. That and the fact that, mere wunderkammer though it may be, it is at least a diverting one. ( )
  yarb | Jan 31, 2020 |
Good characters. SciFi mixed with mystery. Action moves the story along. Protagonist confronts his youthful self, learns to accept his past.
[read 2003-15 yr ago] ( )
  juniperSun | Jan 18, 2019 |
This is one of the rare books that causes you to pause and ask yourself "What am I reading?" Not once, not twice, but a minimum of at least three times. The Wooden Sea is not a book for everyone; not even a book for most people.

Carroll's writing is utterly shameless. He writes for himself entirely, and what comes out is a set of characters incredibly well-defined. His setting, his characters, the surrealistic nature of his plot and universe itself all come off as incredibly reasonable. He bumps the cliché and then promptly subverts it - he nears a piece where a lesser writer would falter, and hurdles it with ease.

Jonathan Carroll, while not for everyone, seems to be for some people perfectly. I feel quite lucky to be among that crowd. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Wow. From the 15th most traveled bookray on bookcrossing. Suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride. Frannie is a 47yo police chief in calm Crane's View. But things are not as orderly as they seem. First, there's a homeless dog that Frannie takes in, and when it dies, refuses to stay buried. Then a feather keeps appearing and disappearing. Then things start happening - Frannie younger hoodlum self appears, the town goes backwards and forwards, but only he can see it - and another being appears that says Frannie must find the fourth thing - whatever that is - to save the world. "How do you cross a wooden sea? I still do not know the answer.....nothing is more important than keeping every one of our individual selves alive.....Not know thyself, but know thy self." Interestingly, when I logged the book on librarything, it's the third book in a trilogy. It doesn't read like part of a series. Now off to France for the next reader! ( )
  nancynova | Feb 5, 2015 |
If Joseph C. Lincoln had set down to write The Man Who Folded Himself he would have come up with this. Fran, a small town chief of police, has found himself in the middle of a time traveling mystery / conspiracy where the fate of Crane's View rests on his ability to sort things out. The first chapter didn't do much for me but by the second chapter the quirky plot began to surface. By the third chapter I was hooked all the way through the epilogue which seemed like a tidy albeit somewhat ambiguous (as many time travel books are) ending. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 25, 2014 |
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塔, 円城解説secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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What would happen if, in the middle of your life, you were to meet your seventeen-year-old self? And what if he told you had lived all wrong, but, lucky for you, he was here to help you fix it? But what if you had only a week to fix it because it just so happens you also somehow just experienced the last day of your life and the clock is ticking. What if? Frannie McCabe realises something's seriously screwy in his life when the dead dog he buried keeps turning up again. The Sciavos, a couple whose domestic war keeps the police department on their toes, disappear completely. And his teenage self arrives, full of attitude, to help Frannie sort out his mistakes - before it's too late. This is classic Carroll: engrossing, believable, surreal and compulsive: small town America as we know it really is, deep down inside.

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