Oblivion

Oblivion

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Book - 2004
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In "The Surfing Channel," a popular sculptor works in the medium of human excrement. Elsewhere, we encounter an ad agency manipulating public hunger for a cholesterol-laden product ("Mr. Squishy"), a possibly suicidal yuppie devoted to obsessive analysis of his own "fraudulence" ("Good Old Neon"), and the story (told in conversations overheard during a business flight) of an "omniscient child" born in a Third World rain forest and commercially exploited by his fellow villagers ("Another Pioneer"). In a blistering vignette he describes in charged prose the accidental severe burning of a toddler and his parents' panicked efforts to save his life ("Incarnations of Burned Children") In "The Soul is Not a Smithy," a lonely father sorrowfully recalls a violent episode at his son's elementary school that the distracted boy survived almost without noticing it: "Oblivion" is the narrative of a 40-ish husband whose wife objects to his nonexistent snoring, leading him to an Orwellian Sleep Clinic, and to question everything he thinks he knows about himself.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316919814
0316919810
Branch Call Number: SS WALLACE DAVID
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 25 cm

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ellenwright
May 27, 2014

The description is simply the dust jacket blurb. The story Oblivion is about the wife's repressed experience of childhood incest.

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shiraz5
Dec 09, 2012

Absolute crap. Absolute male self-absorbed sterile twaddle.

kkisrmsq211 Jun 18, 2012

An amazing compilation- Wallace is a true genius, so sad that he had to leave us. "Good Old Neon" is an unbelievable short story. Reminded me of the way Salinger wrote a bit- as if the writer's thoughts are so removed from this world that they are in an entirely different universe. Also- "The Soul is not a Smithy" was tremendous... The book jacket said it perfectly- he creates worlds as detailed and complete as if each story is a novel in itself. Brilliant.

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