on 16 October 2012
Reading Mark Leyner's latest novel is truly a literary road-trip through the author's fertile imagination. Leyner has written the wildest, funniest, creation-myth of a novel that I've ever encountered, playing fast and loose with literary conventions associated with the novel and memoir. Is it a straightforward fictional account of the protagonists, the GODS and one luckless modern day mortal, unemployed New Jersey butcher Ike Karton? Is it a memoir of their exploits across the vast gulf of fourteen billion years? No, it's a bit of both, with ample references to everything from current day American sports and entertainment celebrities to brief historical lessons on the origin of World War I. It's a hysterically funny example of meta-fiction, rich in amusing digressions and predictions regarding the probable fates of each of the protagonists, treating them as though they are the potential sources of a new, latter day Olympian mythology. Considering Mark Leyner's past history of bending literary conventions, readers should know that anything is possible from him, and his latest novel is truly a mind-blowing amusement park of a ride that will leave them both astonished and entertained all the way till the very end.