Amnesia Moon Paperback – 8 Jul 2002
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For those who fancy a fast read of far-out fantasy and colorful characters who march to profoundly different drummers, Amnesia Moon is sure to delight. -- San Francisco Chronicle
an intriguing and accomplished novel: funny, inventive and ultimately cheering. -- Washington Post
Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem, the author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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He may not find all the answers he's looking for, but along the way he does find love and hope, although it may not exactly match the dreams he's been having, the dreams that started his doubting.
In Amnesia Moon dreams and reality become confused in a sort of modern day Alice in Wonderland; funny, thought provoking and highly imaginative.
This story starts of with Chaos, a man who chooses to live in a multiplex cinema in a mutant town after the bomb has dropped. He and others in the town pick up the dreams of Kellog, who one day reveals that the bomb never did drop......
My problem with the book isn't that it isn't what I expected as such, it's that the story makes no sense. It begins with a man called Chaos who lives in the projection room of an old cinema in a small Wyoming town. It appears that the tale is set some time after a nuclear war as food is scarce, there are lots of mutants in the town and everything is decaying (although they do have loads of petrol to drive cars somehow). It soon turns out that the nuclear war that all the citizens of the town think happened, actually didn't.
Chaos leaves the town with a young girl who is totally covered in fur in order to find out the truth about the disaster that has ruined the world, and also about his true identity. He visits a number of towns and each one has its own explanation and bizarre way of living. Nobody seems to remember exactly what happened, and people's dreams seem to shape reality around them.
This could have been quite entertaining, and bits of the book are. There are some great ideas, but a lot of really surreal stuff that I either didn't understand, or that was just a bit tedious. On top of that, there's not an ending in the traditional sense, which was frustrating. Not a massively enjoyable book for me, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it.
The central themes are identity, reality and memory. As the tale progresses, the identity of the main character slips and slides as he tries to recover who he really is. Things are confused by the fractured nature of reality - you're left to wonder whether he's dreaming the whole thing, whether the dreams of others are mutating his reality - or whether the very nature of reality itself has broken down in some more 'real' sense. This is certainly a scenario in most Dick narratives - but I think Lethem handles it in a more sophisticated way.
I like this a lot - must go and seek out more of Lethem's work...
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