Luminarium [Alex Shakar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. “Heady and. James is never mentioned in Alex Shakar’s heady and engrossing new novel, “ Luminarium,” but he haunts the book, which grapples. Picture yourself stepping into a small, cuboid room. In the center squats an old recliner, upholstered in black vinyl.”.

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As a result, it felt like I was feeling through Fred, that I was experiencing through him. Ways to Hide in Winter. Shakar also takes the idea of samsara literally, placing Fred and his twin in a virtual reality game to play out their karmic issues. The story luminarjum to sprawl in too many quirky directions, but the connections that develop are ingenious. At the end of the arm, where the bulb and shade would have gone, hangs instead a sparkly gold motorcycle helmet, a vintage, visorless number with a chin strap.

Second, I have this feeling that all characters in this book are not “normal” in a sense.

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Add in text and e-mail messages that appear to come from comatose and immobile Gred and younger brother Sam’s plans to move to Florida with the Urth project and you see what I mean. For the most part I enjoyed that aspect of it. May 08, Pages Buy. But descriptions of the ways Fred experiences feeling one with the universe, being overwhelmed by love for strangers, etc are comparable to those found in the early Carlos Castaneda books.

Your twin brother is in a coma, your family is dysfunctional, the company you have founded is being taken away from you, your girlfriend abandons you, and you’re dead-broke: This book, in any case, offers none.

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The Woman Who Walked into Doors. So before anything else, let me caution my fellow New Weird fans that Chicagoan Alex Shakar’s Luminarium is not the trippy sci-fi novel that its cover, jacket copy and breathless Dave Eggers blurb promise it to be, and that those picking it up expecting it to be such are going to be severely disappointed, especially by the “anti-trick” ending that provides a rational explanation for all the bizarre things that happen before it.

Especially liked the parents, an elderly ex-dancer with a new calling as a Reiki practitioner, and an ex or sometimes actor now doing birthday party magic acts with his unemployed ex-millionaire son.

Please try again later. But, there is much that is interesting aled smart and committed to make it worth the time. George lumonarium diagnosed with cancer and Fred loses the company to a military conglomerate, with which his younger brother, Sam, seems all to eager to work.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To act the same way all the time.

The impressive degree of complexity here make reading Luminarium compelling. A Ladder to the Sky. But how does that person know? Fred faces a future where he is shakarr longer a twin.

The scope of this book is monumental. A few elements were too far-fetched.

The ineffable essence of the self? Glimpses of the Moon. It’s written in a stream of consciousness way, which at times is rather distracting from what’s actually happening in the book.


If some greater force and purpose were at work in all this, he wondered, then why all the subterfuge? I read the Savage Lumimarium by Alex Shakar and loved it. Everything is over described. The prose is wickedly smart. He was already lhminarium before he processed that final o. Shakar’s novel Luminarium received acclaim for its “penetrating look at the uneasy intersection of technology and spirituality” [5] Publishers Weekly.


Books by Alex Shakar. Shakar has quite a flair for seeing things in a unique light.

It is at this vulnerable moment that we join Fred—or, perhaps it is more correct to say we are joined to Fred—and it is this initial experiment and its mind-expanding aftereffects that propels the ensuing narrative and palls the novel with a surreal haze. It’s not an easy read, in either the depth of the text or in length. It touches on a lot of things as Fred goes about his life, but it never feels like it goes anywhere. I loved Shakar’s initial premise: Mike, a reviewer I follow sum’s up much of my frustration with the book when he points out that the n Sometime in July I’m doing everything I can to avoid reading this book.

The World According to Garp.

Ahakar exchange speaks to the mercurial nature of identity, the slipperiness of personality, how difficult it is to ever pin someone down to one set of characteristics.

Dec 24, Katie rated it liked it. It’s all a bit much.

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