Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie, Jr.
To summarize the novel: The protagonist in this novel is Ron Currie- a mix of both fiction and fact(the author's life is interwoven into the story and we never know what is truth or fiction). This part fiction/part reality Ron writes a novel within the book.At first we believe that he is writing this novel(not the novel within the book, but Flimsy Plastic Miracles)after his death, then we realize that he was never dead at all. He(very curious if this is real or fiction Ron) believes that someday computers/technology/robots will take over the world and mankind will no longer exist. His father died, impacting his life forever.And, the core of the novel- he has a sick, twisted relationship with a woman that he can't seem to get out of his mind. The novel just flips constantly between these topics in a non-linear fashion.
I know, I know- it's a bit confusing. There is no way to describe this book with a traditional synopsis.
This insomniac's opinion:
As far as this novel is concerned- I am Switzerland. Completely neutral.
There were many things that I enjoyed about this novel. I liked that it was not written in conventional form. There were no traditional chapters- each page had anywhere from one sentence to a couple of chapters, then on the next page a new topic would be addressed. Therefore, the novel read very quickly. I also was surprised several times when I was reading it, and that is something that I always appreciate. I'm fairly confident that no one else will ever write anything similar to this.
There were also many things that I did not enjoy about this novel. Primarily, the freaking idea about robots/technology taking over the world. It was a persistent topic in the novel and even after finishing the book, I am utterly unsure what on Earth it had to do with the rest of the story. The novel was also constantly flipping between topics and times. It was hard to keep my bearings-I felt as though I was on a ship in a storm and had to stay alert so that I didn't get knocked off my feet.
So, while I appreciated the novel and the quirky writing style, I remain unsure of my feelings.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Read the above and then decide for yourself!
Rating: 3- absolutely, unequivocally Switzerland.