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The Jules Verne Steam Balloon: Nine Stories Paperback – 1 Jan 1987

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: North Point Press (1 Jan. 1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0865472955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865472952
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,912,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few American writers connect as many things as Guy Davenport, and few surpass him in the integrity of his connections... His fiction is a record of difficult and sensuous philosophical though, and his characters make brilliant literary and artistic judgments, but the center of gravity in his stories is a child's knowledge of the body's possibilities... Never less than the conversation, sometimes the monologue of a warm, gregarious, large-minded man." -- Partisan Review

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Three angels, or daimons, or maybe neutrinos 6 Feb. 1997
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Three angels, or "daimons," or maybe neutrinos--who may also
have been the Three Wise Men--"drop" into several of these stories via their steam balloon, the Jules Verne. They bring messages from the "Consiliarii," but who are they? A council of heavenly spirits? The Force? A code name for God? And what might their message be? Could it be as simple as "All you need is love"? Maybe. Davenport ranges from ancient Greece to a somewhat contemporary Denmark; from Christian theology and ancient philosophy to pubescent phallocentrism and drug overdose. "The Jules Verne Steam Balloon" is perplexing and enlightening, humorous and melancholy, and vibrant with life and the joy of living it. These stories move as only Davenport's fiction does, as full of "fact" as of "fiction," as full of life in the body and in the world as of philosophical discourse and natural science. And--oh,yes! be warned--accompanied by much doffing of undergarments.
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