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Stone Junction: An Alchemical Potboiler Paperback – 28 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; New edition edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841952370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841952376
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,913,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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With an introduction by Thomas Pynchon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 14 May 2002
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That this book contains an introduction by one of the most talented, though frustatingly silent, writers of the last century, Thomas Pynchon, should be reason enough for purchase. If, thus far, it hasn't then i can only say that Dodge is every bit as good, but thankfully not as impenetrably dense as Pynchon can at first appear.
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.
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Just finished it ... no idea what it means, but it was part road novel,part spy thriller, part mystic meditation and all the way through a guideto good relations between men and men, and men and women. It's also veryfunny in parts, and arrestingly beautiful too:
'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.)
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A marvelous book, one I discovered almost by accident. Dodge employs incredible breadth and scope to this very funny and very sad novel.
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.
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Reminded me of Wilson's Illuminatus, or Pynchon's Crying Of Lot 49, in some ways. A mad ramble through wild characters and locations, strange societies, stranger drugs, a bit of martial arts, burglary (but not your average type), poker games, torture, and strange artifacts...oh, and the rest.
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.
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What a melting pot of craziness, crime, and general spiritual meanings of life. I must admit this book took me weeks to read but not because it was bad, just because I knew I could keep returning to it and picking up where I left off as if no time had passed. Kind of like an old friend. I'm not entirely sure what the whole book was really meant to convey about Daniel but what I took away will likely be extremely different to what YOU take away. Pick it up and give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised and immersed for the whole wild ride.
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This is one of my favourite books ever and certainly my favourite Jim Dodge (although I loved the other two). Like many, I had no idea what I was in for when I started reading. I could never have imagined how beautifully the author could conceptualise the unexplainable, the ridiculous and the abstract, into a rational course of events, which have the air that it could happen to any one of us.
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.
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This book is a fantastic tale of a young boy who is raised by unconventional teachers - magicians, tight-rope walkers, safe crackers, alchemists, with the most fantastic names - the language is that of american folklore which makes the story drift along as though someone was reading it out to you - I couldnt put it down. It is great to read a the book of a real storyteller, which is refreshing in a world dominated by advertising slogans, stories of murder, rape and bad news - lose yourself in this book and you wont regret it.
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This is by far the most thought provoking, enjoyable and moving book i have read for some time. The characters are inspiring and original. I loved the plot and was fascinated by the magical element.

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.
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