Stone Junction: An Alchemical Potboiler Paperback – 28 Mar 2002
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"A glorious narrative, peopled by characters of genuine imaginative force" (Herald)
"Reading Stone Junction is like being at a non-stop party in celebration of everything that matters" (Thomas Pynchon)
"An irresistible kaleidoscope of manic, tragic and exquisitely funny Americana" (Time Out)
"A work of genius" (Big Issue)
"It's a demented modern odyssey of one strange man's quest for truth and knowledge in a decidedly bizarre - and decidedly American - world" (Sunday Tribune)
"This novel is remarkable for its breadth. Amo is skilfully woven into the fabric of real America, and Dodge's sweeping take on that country, combined with the humanity of each of his vast array of characters, lends this book a particular kind of majesty" (The Observer)
"Within half an hour of starting this novel, I was absolutely hooked . . . it kept me guessing all the way to the end" (The Times)
"It is a non-stop take, making you laugh, cry and wonder. The characters are excellent and even though you know you that many of the events are genuinely impossible, it feels completely believable thoughout" (Highland News Group) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With an introduction by Thomas Pynchon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
There were even rumours for a while that Dodge is Pynchon but this is untrue.
The story is wild, hilarious, incredibly fast and full of weird and wonderful characters, violence, the occult and the myths and legends of America. To attempt explanation of the plot would do the book a disservice - it must be read so it surprises and shocks you as any proper "tale" should.
Jim Dodge is the author of three novels and a collection of poetry: all published by Rebel Inc, all essential.
'The highest form of beauty available to human kind is to walk naked inspring rain' (my misquote; but a lovely line when a benevolent, mysteriousIndian outlaw takes the young hero and his mother for such a walk.
If you're open to this book it will be good to you. Although I still don'tknow what the hell it means (you should try and find out though, I think.)
The spiritual and cultural deprivation of TV-centric, suburban post-war America are tangibly absent from this book. Instead, Dodge celebrates an America of outlaws: gambling, casual sex, recreational drugs, political subversion, and magic. The alternative approaches to life used by Stone Junction's characters make America are far more dynamic and thrilling place.
Full of wit, wisdom, and a bizarre and unforgettable cast of intelligent lunatics, this is one of the most enjoyable novels I've read in a long time.
This was my first encounter with the author, and the book was picked at random - last minute choice, but I'll be searching out more of their work.
A strange read, densly packed with odd and inspiring encounters, and well worth a look...but more so if you feel your reading habits need a kick into another gear, and are sick of the usual sort of thriller/romance...In which case this should be mandatory.
Jim Dodge seems to use his novels to express and pass on his own philosophies on life. In Stone Junction, each adult Daniel meets, is compelled to teach him a lesson. This involves teaching him to do what they are best at or what they have learned from their own life experiences. The fact that these lessons provide Daniel with such a rich source of knowledge illuminates the incessant need for us to pass on what we know to others and perhaps they can build on it.
I find the comments of not 'getting' the book both intriguing and distressing. Clearly these are people looking for a logical explanation in this crazy cavern of mysterious wonders. I, myself, prefer to step back in awe.
I was totally captivated by Daniel and his experiences from boy to man, some include learning trades as a professional lock picker, master of disguise, and the ability to vanish.
I was so moved by this book i remember it in detail and how i felt when reading it. For anyone who wants a bit of adventure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I"found" this writer by accident and I love his work. This book did not disappoint me. Jim Dodge has a unique style of writing and this book kept me enthralled; his... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite reminiscent of Tom Robbins, this was a fast paced, thought provoking read which i couldn't put down. Very much a road trip novel. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book was recommended to me. I could not finish it. I gave it away after carefully removing several pages.Published on 19 Feb. 2014 by MR
What a great book!
I couldn't put it down, from start to finish.
You think you have the storey, and then another change.
If magical realism in the style of Gaiman is your sort of thing, then you will love Stone Junction. Simple, straightforward writing. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I still keep thinking about the ending.
I don't know if it ended the way I wanted it to, but what a way to end it. Read more
Quirky, with some unforgetable characters. Could do with a little more refined editing in parts, though in some ways that under polished feel actuals lends itself to the genre.Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by olixilo
Reading through the reviews for this book, it seems it has divided opinion between those who love it and see it as one of the best novels ever written and those who just don't get... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2012 by Cult Fiction