Time of the Cataclysm Wolf-Baby
Having just finished Matt Bell’s brand new novel(la?) “Cataclysm Baby” I must say that it is, after all, a true success.
I doubted so on The Road there, but as I progressed through the miring half-light, I went from disdain at the easy pickings of just creating stark creepy snippets to begrudgingly admiring his ability to control his relentlessly desolate texture with such surgical precision – yet texture alone does not the success make, in my ledger, be it fiction, cinema or music, no matter how sexy or groundbreaking or heart-shredding. By the end, the one-too-many episodes of emotionally icy and despairing beauty mounting up or the grim humor I was sometimes able to connect between the episodes’ baby names and their story content was still not what made me really like this work.
Rest of review at the PBR Book Club link …
May 15, 2012
Tagged apocalypse, book review, Cataclysm Baby, child-rearing, children, family, fiction, horror, literature, Matt Bell, Michael Haneke, novel, novella, PBR Book Club, post-apocalypse, review, Time of the Wolf
I have a fondness for its odd mix of beauty and industry, diversity of people, and the persistence of small communities that work hard and live simply even in the best of times, and get devastated by hurricanes in what we thought was the worst of times. Until now. Continue reading
Posted in Narrativity, The Two Things Never To Discuss, Travelology
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