Gods Without Men

Gods Without Men

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307957115
Branch Call Number: FICTION KUNZRU
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 04, 2017

I rated it 3 out of 5.

It was a very well-written, entertaining, and interesting story filled with interesting and varied 3-dimensional characters. Like a big epic, and with a kind of spiritual energy that I like despite being an atheist from a way back.

But it was too much of a social study for me. It kept me thinking there was going to be some magic resolution but, from my point of view, there was not.

Jan 24, 2013

This book is absolutely gorgeous. For those who like surrealism, magical realism, and a bit of unexplained wonder. Kunzru's characters, relationships, and group dynamics are as always, impeccably written.

Jul 29, 2012

I desperately wanted to love this book, but I just could not finish it. The multiple plotlines are so complex and take so long before they connect, that it takes a massive force of will and serious attention and mental focus to keep some clue of what's going on.

Mar 10, 2012

Looking forward to this one. I read two of Kunzru's earlier books and they were brilliant.


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