This fast paced, difficult to read content wise book is perhaps best summed up by the San Francisco Chronicle as Beautiful, brutal, and unsettling until the end Marcom s seamless, ethereal prose is suffused with raw emotion there is heartbreak on every page, but also hope I don t usually agree with quotes but on the cover of the book, but in this case, I couldn t say it any better This book made me deeply uncomfortable, and that is saying a lot, very few things in this world do this for me I was thankful for the driving force of the prose that at least made the discomfort fly by This unreliable in my opinion narrator was not someone I could relate with, nor could I fully feel sorry for him, or fully hate him This is a difficult thing, and certainly, throughout the entire book, I wondered how Marcom had pulled this off Reminiscent of Nabokov s Humbert Humbert, I had a hard time pinning down how I felt This is a difficult book that is well worth the read. 2005 PEN Center USA Fiction Award Winner I first read Micheline Aharonian Marcom s novel The Daydreaming Boy about eight years ago and have taught the book regularly since, usually in a MFA level prose literature course Writers and readers both have much to gain from this novel In terms of form and style, the book is highly experimental, drawing on a range of modernist and meta fictional techniques However, the novel reads fresh, original, and never feels gimmicky In fact, it packs an emotional punch driven as it is by an intense focus on violence and abuse, and its troubling theme of the cycle of abuse, how people and groups who are abused often seek out weaker souls to torment Marcom s novel is an all around brilliant achievement Jeffery Renard Allen Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia and author of the novels Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back. With all the hype I read on this book, I thought it was going to be gripping Not so much I thought the prose was awful, and frankly, I m surprised that I finished it at all Along with the bad prose, the character development, if you can call it that, was very weak. Micheline Aharonian Marcom S Acclaimed Debut, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, Was A New York Times Notable Book, A Los Angeles Times And Washington Post Best Book Of The Year, And An Intensely Poetic Washington Post Book World Novel Praised For Both Its Beautiful Prose And The Casual Candor With Which It Depicted The Horrors Of Armenian Genocide Her Follow Up, Dealing With The Persistent Emotional Aftermath Of The Genocide, Likewise Has Earned Extraordinary Praise For Its Fluid Prose And Haunting Imagery, Which Articulate The Painfully Clear And Brutal Memories Of The Destruction Of A People One of those books you keep returning to Not to make you feel any better about life, but to remind you life s not granted to make you feel any better. Finally a worthwhile piece of 21st century lit.
Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and raised in Los Angeles She has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists Foundation Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a Ne
- 224 pages
- The Daydreaming Boy
- Micheline Aharonian Marcom
- 05 October 2019 Micheline Aharonian Marcom