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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Aug. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JSW5GA
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The Orange Eats Creeps Audiobook – Unabridged
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I think it would be useful for readers, if the author discussed her book somewhere, as it's very hard to figure out her intentions/motives for writing this. Some good reviews of the book can be found online, as well as various comments etc. I actually found these more interesting than the novel itself!
To sum up, I'd say, the effort is intriguing, and the author shows guts for writing this. I didn't find it entertaining though and felt it was too experimental.
So, unless you're willing to slowly plod through a very bizarre and disorienting text, I don't think you should buy this book.
This book is a debut and it is easy to tell. I've also read that the book was written and (possibly) published in separate chapters before being published fully, and it reads as such. Words are repeated many times in a chapter, and then never mentioned again. There is very little character development, and you don't find yourself feeling anything for the main character. I understand it is meant to be written like this, but unlike Burroughs and Thompson there isn't enough interesting things happening to balance out the deliberate lack of information.
Until Krilanovich improves I won't be reading any more of her books. This book was a chore to read, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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The Orange Eats Creeps, is certainly like no other story you will ever read, in a sense, it is really not a linear story at all. If you have ever had a night filled with feverish dreams, where you woke up so many times, and fell right back to sleep to a nonsensical hurricane of images and feelings. Then, you have a sense of what this story is like.
I couldn't help but get the feeling of the cold emptiness, this hollow crust, filled with decay.... It is hard to put this story to words.... As I read it it brought to mind memories and sensations that I have noticed as I go through the world especially at night. The hollow buzz of outdoor lights, burning in the darkness of a gas station. Some radio station chirping a soundtrack on late night loop, rendering it meaningless, and making the "empty alone" of the barren gas pumps all the more palpable.
Can I say that I liked the story, yes, yes I can, but I do feel that it will have limited appeal. If you are looking for light hearted, maybe a foray into some weird fiction... well weird you will certainly get. But this is no nameless authors tale crammed into a collection of this years, "Weird Fiction." No if that were the case I feel this tale would burst the binding before they could ship it to you.
Where I do feel that the essence of this tale, and even in the mode it is told would have merit, is if you happen to be a recovering drug addict, ( I work with those in recovery), the feeling, sensations, images, and maddening spiral of a mind spewed forth, I really think could provide some positive catharsis for those recovering. Or, even, if you have not dealt with addiction yourself personally, but have had a close friend or love one who has. Reading this book, will certainly give you a sense of the maddening loss of linear and objective thought that someone in the throes of deep addiction may feel or experience. Which of course, makes me wonder if the author would fall under either of the above.
Overall, if you have the mental resilience to go on this journey, see what you think. But if run of the mill is what you want. Well, best avoid this one then. If you decide to read it for another reason, or just in spite, well, you will certainly be on a journey you have probably never been before. Good luck!
Orange Eats Creeps starts out as a fairly coherent, plot driven novel. The narrator is a runaway from a foster home that travels around trainyards and convenience stores with three friends. She takes drugs and describes her group as "vampires" though it isn't clear whether she is using this term literally or figuratively. The narrator is looking for her foster sister/lover Kim, though she seems more to be wandering around with Kim as a vague goal as long periods of her journey appear mostly aimless. In the beginning the narrator is fairly imaginative in her descriptions of people and events and has a tendency to gloss over periods of time without mentioning why. As the novel goes on these descriptions and the loss of events begins to become more common and eventually takes over the novel. The plot becomes less important and the "feelings" and descriptions of the narrator's world dominate . Repetition of passages begins to occur, often out of context. This gives the later parts of the novel a hypertextual or schizophrenic feel. In an interview Krilanovich talks about the methods she used to write the novel which I found works well as a key to certain parts of the novel. I can't remember reading a novel in which this shift occurs, where the main drive of the narrative shifts so dramatically. Krilanovich does this incrementally so the shift is almost unnoticeable but comparing a sentence from the middle of the book to a one in the beginning displays a huge contrast in style and tone. This is a notable feat.
Some have described the novel as a new way of storytelling and while not entirely inaccurate I think this goes a little far. Krilanovich draws heavily from Burroughs and doesn't do anything he hadn't done years ago. I like to think that the difference is that Burroughs was doing cut ups for the sake of cut ups while Krilanovich uses the technique to portray a descent into madness, addiction or some other great dark depth into which the narrator falls.
Krilanovich's depictions of house shows and anarchist subcultures (some real, some invented) are imaginative and done with an eye to detail. A favorite section of mine is where she describes subversive hibernation: groups of young people who hole up in fortress like compounds and take mixtures of over-the-counter medicine and herbs to induce months long sleep in an attempt to damage the food production industry. Hibernation pops up a number of times in the novel and this is the capstone for the thread of the idea: this sort of naive yet highly organized activity which takes Leary's entreaty to "drop out", mixes it with a healthy dose of wishful institution smashing, and a dose of backwoods folk wisdom. It really acts as a microcosm of the influences of the novel.
I felt there was a lack of emotional depth in the novel. Perhaps Krilanovich was going for this but I never felt moved to sadness or joy by any of the events of the novel, and humorous sections are few and far between. I also found a number of passages, especially the cut-up sections, to be technically impressive but which came off as confusing. Reading the interview in which she comments on the process, as mentioned above, is enlightening and increases the enjoyment of these sections measurably. There is a certain amount of feminism/feminist critique in the novel. I don't know much about this area so can't comment though I'm sure there are quite a few people that would be interested in Krilanovich's treatment of the subject.
Overall Orange Eats Creeps is up there with some of the more compelling fiction that has come out in recent years and at that for a number of different reasons. It pushes hard thematically, linguistically, theoretically, and otherwise. Props to Krilanovich for getting big press as well. Hopefully she keeps moving up from here and others follow her lead as it could signal something exciting for the future.
the back cover blurb that sucked me in was "like something you read under a highway overpass in a fever dream"
and that's exactly it.Non linear plotline and writing style like the way your thoughts bounce ,from one topic to another...maybe when you haven't slept enough...
I loved this book.get it.read it.take a ride with a great and weird and different kind of writing.