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The Atlas Paperback – 1 Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Reprint edition (Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140254498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140254495
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.


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Beautiful in parts, frustrating in total. Overall a good tome for dipping in and coming back to. Flavours of Cormac McCarthy with apocalypse now...oh and Kerouacian mush.
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Well, now that I've gotten all the big adjectives out of the way (my reply to that 80's scourge, minimalism), I should say that right after starting this book I felt that Vollmann was my brother. His word choices, prose rhythms, and searing honesty make you connect with him instantly. Despite his modern ambivalence toward the people and even experiences in his life, he is more deeply and immediately expressive than any 90's writer I know. His stories, vignettes, sketches and dispatches encircle you like a rich, sometimes suffocating, always exhilarating corona.
Gradually, by yearning, loving, striving, hating, losing and discovering along with Vollmann and his characters, you begin the see the world through his eyes. And, perhaps, more clearly than ever before.
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"The Atlas" is very unique in the way it is written. It strikes me as being a combination of diary, prose, and an empathetic statement about a seedy side of life all over the world.
I never read anything like it before, and it was very interesting, and the elaborate descriptions Vollman made brought me into a very dark world. Most of the characters had many rough edges to them, but still projected compassion. The series of stories tied together by the seedy environments,consistent writing style, and compassion .
I picked up this book when I was feeling down, and it picked up my mood.Other than that, it was damn good writing.
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