Release Day Fun!
by: Alan Moore
Something epic has happened today, that you all should be dying to hear about! The ever epic and quirky Alan Moore has released his newest, and longest novel by far, Jerusalem. As you all will know, I was incredibly lucky to receive this book from Liveright Publishing for a review on this blog. I am incredibly thankful for their generosity and cooperation for this tome's review on my blog! That review will be going live by September 30th, I am still in the middle of the novel at this point but I aim to share my thoughts on this epic novel then!
Knowing that I have not yet finished the book, I do still have many thoughts about the novel at this point! I love the scope of this novel! This novel is one of the most ambitious novels that I have ever read in its wide scope; we follow the town of North Hampton in England through the point of view of most citizens in the area. Each an every chapter so far has been from a differing perspective within the community, though hopefully that will change so we can learn more about the wonderful people that Moore has created. Within Normal circumstances I would hate this idea of not seeing a lot of the book from a character that I love, though reading this is as though I am putting together a puzzle in mind as I see the peoples connections forming which is making this tome an even greater delight to read. The scope is mind-blowing, though I am really connecting with each character in ways that I truly did not think was possible. There is one character that I feel a special connection to, Harry, he is a man of color who is living in North Hampton after being released from his slave term in America. Moore has written his character and struggles with a singular moral issue so well that I too began to question the issue at hand! I cannot wait to read more from this book and the author once I am done with this book. The singular drawback that I can think about is the pacing, the pacing is very slow to build and get your attention, though thus far it is worth the HUGE amounts of effort required to read this book!
Plot: "In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-coloured puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent spectres of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlours labourers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament.
Disappeared lanes yield their own voices, built from lost words and forgotten dialect, to speak their broken legends and recount their startling genealogies, family histories of shame and madness and the marvellous. There is a conversation in the thunderstruck dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, childbirth on the cobblestones of Lambeth Walk, an estranged couple sitting all night on the cold steps of a Gothic church-front, and an infant choking on a cough drop for eleven chapters. An art exhibition is in preparation, and above the world a naked old man and a beautiful dead baby race along the Attics of the Breath towards the heat death of the universe.
An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, this is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter." (Goodreads.com)
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
Page Count: 1184
Release Date: September 13th 2016
I am currently on page 221 of 1,279 that this behemoth is! I honestly am enjoying this immensely though it is very dense at times with a slow pace. Without a doubt this will be the largest book I have ever read when I complete it, and frankly one of the most complex, which I mean as a compliment.
Today, September 13th 2016 this book was released from Liveright Publishing!
In promotion for the novel I will be hosting a giveaway for the UK paperback edition!
- Follow me on Twitter: @Komondor70
- Tweet me why you love reading, and that you would like to enter!
- You can also enter by leaving a comment to this post answering that question.
- This will constitute the same as an entry through Twitter
- Open internationally
- Or to any country that The Book Depository ships to.
- The winner will be announced when the final review goes live on September 30th 2016!
- You will win one copy of the UK Published paperback copy, sent directly through The Book Depository.
Though I am giving away just one copy of this novel, I strongly urge you all to run out and pick up a copy of this book and start reading this book to get a feel for the magic that Moore has created!
I sincerely love this book at the moment and can only see it getting better as I progress through.
Go forth and read this tome, Jerusalem by: Alan Moore!
Happy Book Birthday Jerusalem!