The Shanghai Gesture

The Shanghai Gesture In the internationally acclaimed author s first novel since Do Everything in the Dark Gary Indiana applies his prickly wit nihilistic vision and utterly original voice to this side splitting spin o

  • Title: The Shanghai Gesture
  • Author: Gary Indiana
  • ISBN: 9780982015100
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the internationally acclaimed author s first novel since Do Everything in the Dark, Gary Indiana applies his prickly wit, nihilistic vision, and utterly original voice to this side splitting spin on Fu Manchu.A mysterious bout of narcolepsy has overtaken the seaside hamlet of Land s End, a funk endemic to the region since the wreckage a century earlier of the ship the AIn the internationally acclaimed author s first novel since Do Everything in the Dark, Gary Indiana applies his prickly wit, nihilistic vision, and utterly original voice to this side splitting spin on Fu Manchu.A mysterious bout of narcolepsy has overtaken the seaside hamlet of Land s End, a funk endemic to the region since the wreckage a century earlier of the ship the Ardent Somdomite Inspector Weymouth Smith and unconvinced cohort Dr Obregon Petrie attempt to thwart Fu Manchu s latest ploy for world domination while confronting South American Piyas, matching wits with a club footed ex Stasi, as well as battling the latest technological crazes and their own drug dependencies.The Shanghai Gesture is not a genre farce, but a compelling tale that merges the author s trademark eye for social satire with the beautifully poetic sensibilities of his previous novels.

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    1. Somehow, this book was just what I was looking for. Wildly uneven, cliched, and only "literary fiction" through the name on the cover, Indiana's new novel is a brilliant, gleaming Tinguely machine, an antidote to all of the frail, mindless, simpering literature blackening the skies above us, gathering like locusts to devour all capacity to think clearly about the world around us while promising to deliver that world to us. It is everything, all at once, in a huge hurry: Edwardian boy's adventure [...]

    2. What a querky, challenging, fun read! I reread a number of passages just to enjoy the impossibly wonderful description and flow of text. Could this Indiana and Dylan share a brain wave?A reference in today's New Yorker blog is well worth checking out:newyorker/online/blogsThanks to the choices made by publishing indies like Eric Obenauf of Two Dollar Radio, we readers still have access to great reads such as "The Shanghai Gesture".

    3. Gary Indiana had to resort to magic realism to say all the things we're not supposed to say, in a good way, not in an idiotic tired grasp at transgression - i mean we are REALLY not supposed to say these truths we hold to be self evident. After all, "An enemy is just a friend you don't know really well yet" - oh he is the best and so awful at politicking in the U.S. literary world that many shall never know it.

    4. the vocabulary was fantastic, not very often i need to keep a dictionary within reach. the story itself i found a little slow and confusing

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