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by Alex Shakar

  • ISBN: 1573660221
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Alex Shakar
  • Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fiction Collective 2; First edition (November 8, 1996)
  • Pages: 164 pages
  • FB2 size: 1432 kb
  • EPUB size: 1603 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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A City Dangerous, Seductive, and Strange Set in a fantastical New York City of 1 . This first work of fiction by Alex Shakar won the 1996 FC2 National Fiction Competition. Set in a very different New York City in 1 .

A City Dangerous, Seductive, and Strange Set in a fantastical New York City of 1 . the novel is a stunning (re)vision of myth, using Ovid's Metamorphoses as the foundation. The city takes the place of nature for Shakar's modern characters as they pursue their quests and meet their fates on the streets rather than the high seas. Shakar has created such memorable characters as Roxanne, schoolgirl superhero from Queens, and the Junk Man, who builds his lady love from the trash he finds while dumpster diving.

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Alex Shakar is an American novelist and short story writer. Set in a mythical version of New York City, the book reimagines transformation myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. His novel Luminarium (Soho Press, 2011) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction Contents. 3 Publications by Alex Shakar. The stories are innovative in style and structure, and thematically concerned with the isolation and longing for connection of modern city dwellers.

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I'm the author of Luminarium, The Savage Girl, and City In Love

I'm the author of Luminarium, The Savage Girl, and City In Love. In Shakar’s re-imagining of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the street odysseys of these and . Shakar writes a city whose ground is the transactive imagination. This is a remarkable first book.

and New York City is a place to behold: vast, dangerous, seductive, and strange.

Fred Brounian and his twin brother, George, were once co-CEOs of a burgeoning New York City software company devoted to the creation of utopian virtual worlds. Now, in the summer of 2006, as two wars rage and the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, George has fallen into a coma, control of the company has been wrenched away by a military contracting conglomerate, and Fred has moved back in with his parents. The story begins in New York in the summer of 2006, closing in on the fifth anniversary, which for me marks the beginning of the end of the post-9/11 period.

Susan Choi talks with fellow Brooklyn novelist Alex Shakar about his new novel, Luminarium. It's a story of two brothersa bond, how success and happiness can be.

City in Love"" concerns a self-absorbed, self-conscious writer living with a woman who has a wonderful idea for a. .In truth, all of these pieces are infatuated with New York.

City in Love"" concerns a self-absorbed, self-conscious writer living with a woman who has a wonderful idea for a children's story-better, in fact, than the story actually before the reader, which has as its chief virtue a celebration of the sights and sounds of New York. Once you get past Shakar's Sukenick-like twists and tricks, he's exuberantly in love with the vastness, diversity, and mythic qualities of Manhattan, and his deep affection will undoubtedly inspire him to fashion better books than this.

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In New York City in the year 1 B.C., strange characters mount a passionate struggle to belong and to survive in the vast, dangerous, and seductive city
Reviews about City in Love: The New York Metamorphoses (2):
I bought this book with the intention of rereading Ovid's Metamorphoses first (the Ted Hughes translation). Unfortunately, my timing was off, and I didn't get to this book right away. I cannot comment on the veracity of all the myths, as I deliberately chose not to go back to read them. These stories are interpretations, not transliterations, so I read them as such.

As this is the writer's first book, not to mention that he comes from an esteemed writing program, I see this as a prosaic experiment. I agree that the myths seem at times, incidental. If we judge the stories on his faithfulness to Ovid, I suppose "Waxman's Sun" "A Million Years From Now" and "On Morpheus, Relating to Orpheus" seem to work more consciously with the storyline. They also stuck with me as a reader more than the others; however, that doesn't mean his experiment is a failure.

I found his prose style fascinating. For each story, he chose a different voice, a different style of language and he even played with the conventions of narrative--"City of Love" is a perfect example of the latter. By engaging in such inventive prose methods, he summed up New York City perfectly, as it is a polyglot of culture and socio-economic class. Like Rome, people go there to be part of the power source: I have so many friends who went to NY to become actors, writers, dancers--it ran the gammet of the arts. New York is a place for the wealthy to have a second or third home--almost always a condo as it is nearly impossible to find a house in the city. With so many people stacked on top of each other, the city is both the center of life, and the heart of darkness. Ancient Rome was a filthy place. Right now New York is overrun by bedbugs and rats. The apparent randomness of Shakar's prose style captured that hustle and bustle of the overcrowded city, where people will knock you aside to get on the subway.

This will never be a popular novel, but if I wanted to teach students how to work with prose, I would make this text mandatory. It doesn't matter that some of Shakar's reworkings of the myths seem contrived; for those who judge the book as such are missing the main point of the narrative. The author exposes inconsistencies in the urban experience through a variety of voices. Large cities, with all their problems and gifts, haven't changed much since Ovid's time. Take the work for what it is, not for what you think it should be.
I had to comment, because the reviews currently listed here rather missed the point of this collection. I don't just mean the Ovid allusions (which are more often irrelevant than crucial to understanding the stories). Shakar takes each myth and explores the psychological and emotional elements, emerging with something ancient and something new. "Maximum Carnage" is perhaps the subtlest of them. It begins with the tale of Caenis/Caeneus from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and focuses on the rape element. Roxanne's own violation is presented subtly and in chillingly sinister allusion. Her fixation on penetration and bloodshed is depicted in what seems a nauseatingly realistic way. In the end he seems to attribute trauma not to the media violence children encounter (video games, etc), but to the violence children experience at the hands of adults and each other. On the other hand, it is interesting that Roxanne chooses to express her trauma in the language of video games and comic books...
The last story uses an experimental narrative technique that works well with the subject matter. It offers an oddly hopeful and optimistic outlook, but only to those who will listen to the voice in their ears. The "end" is a bit confusing, and made me wonder whether the second-to-last number on the last page might be a misprint.
Yes, read these stories. They are less about a city than about civilization (which hasn't changed much since Ovid's day).

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