The Jules Verne Steam Balloon

The Jules Verne Steam Balloon

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Guy Davenporta€™s cerebral and innovative stories intricately assemble centuriesa€™ worth of images and ideas Guy Davenporta€™s stories seamlessly illuminate his vast knowledge of theology, philosophy, botany, and art, in his singular style of finding harmony in the juxtaposition of different themes. Whether critiquing the politics of socialist realist art in a€œWe Often Think of Lenin at the Clothespin Factory, a€ revisiting biblical tales in a€œJonah, a€ or depicting an ancient Greek philosopher in a€œThe Meadow, a€ Davenport demonstrates his talent for blending high-minded ideas with literary wit. Davenporta€™s writing is at its most confident when the author weaves between time periods and ideas, such as when he revisits Descartes through the eyes of an ancient Greek skeptic in a€œPyrrhon of Elis, a€ wherein a doubting philosopher declares, a€œI may not be, I thinka€; or in a€œThe Bicycle Rider, a€ in which a doctoral student studying imagery of demons in the Gospels is visited by angelic spirits and attempts to save the life of a nihilistic prostitute. In these stories and the others collected in The Jules Verne Steam Balloon, Davenporta€™s signature approach to culture and humanity is on bold display.The trees, at intervals from seven to ten meters, resembled pillars supporting some colossal edifice, and their ... evening paper, you might find a half dozen strawberryjam cakes with custard topping that we can have with coffee, which Ia#39;ll make, anbsp;...

Title:The Jules Verne Steam Balloon
Author:Guy Davenport
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2015-09-01


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