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eBook The Gospel of Anarchy: A Novel ePub

by Justin Taylor

  • ISBN: 0061881821
  • Category: United States
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Justin Taylor
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1163 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1771 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 930

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His debut novel, "The Gospel of Anarchy," like Denis Johnson's debut novel "Angels," gives a stunning representation of a segment .

There's all the sex, drugs and rock & roll you'd expect from a novel about modern twenty-somethings, but Taylor has much deeper goals in mind than simply exhibiting some youthful hedonism.

Management didn’t want us reading books, or anything assigned. So no Norton Anthology, no sheaf of double-sided runoffs held together with a worry-bent staple. If you had a highlighter out, you were busted. A dropout, none of this was a problem for m.

The Gospel of Anarchy: A Novel. Following his critically acclaimed short story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, Justin Taylor’s mesmerizing debut novel explores the eccentricities, insights, and unexpected grace found in a motley crew of off-beat anarchists, and their quest to achieve utopia in a crumbling Florida commune. In the vein of Chris Adrian, Padgett Powel, and Hunter Thompson, Taylor delivers a shrewd, cerebral, and often wickedly humorous vision of reality on every leaf of the mirthfully absurd The Gospel of Anarchy. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

The Gospel of Anarchy. Justin Taylor writes with fierce precision and perfect balance. A feverish, fearless writer.

The Gospel of Anarchy, too, showcases Taylor’s ability to sum up a milieu with a single image. Taylor is less assured, though, in bringing to life the people who pay rent, camp out and squat at Fishgut. With its characters fading.

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The Gospel of Anarchy book. Yet while Justin Taylor's The Gospel of Anarchy gives a somewhat different take on the subject it's an exploration that falls short. It's a novel but really it's just a corny ode to CrimeThink publications and other punk rock propaganda of the 90's. So just like that stuff, it's negative and exclusionary. Also, the dialog and plot to me were completely unbelievable.

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A feverish, fearless writer. In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures. A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car, and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends tries to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from-and back toward-each other by the choices they make. A boy's friendship with a pair of identical twins undergoes a strange and tragic evolution over the course of adolescence.

“A feverish, fearless writer.” —Christine Schutt, author of All Souls, finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize“The Gospel of Anarchy is a beautiful, searching and sometimes brutally funny novel. Justin Taylor writes with fierce precision and perfect balance.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The AskFollowing his critically acclaimed short story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, Justin Taylor’s mesmerizing debut novel explores the eccentricities, insights, and unexpected grace found in a motley crew of off-beat anarchists, and their quest to achieve utopia in a crumbling Florida commune. In the vein of Chris Adrian, Padgett Powel, and Hunter Thompson, Taylor delivers a shrewd, cerebral, and often wickedly humorous vision of reality on every leaf of the mirthfully absurd The Gospel of Anarchy.

Comments

komandante komandante
This novel had the ability to create an amazing character and/or an amazing story from the plot alone.

The novel is very compelling, and keeps the reader engaged all the way to the quick, ambiguous end. It was like climbing a mountain and falling off a cliff.

I am looking at other writtings from J. Taylor to see if he hit the mark on his short stories.
I am hcv men I am hcv men
With this authors obvious talent and the fascinating topic I was surprised how it fell a little flat--- With that being said it is a worthwhile read
Fonceiah Fonceiah
We do love our literary bad boys and Taylor jumps into the mix with his protagonist, David, in 1999 Gainesville, Florida. A recent college drop-out with a soul-killing job, the sterile walls of David's on-campus apartment yield no clues to his interior life- or lack of. Loneliness has driven the twenty-one year old to the flickering screen of his laptop, where he has mastered the Zen of pornography, the "gleeful gilding of the filth" simply one more scam of web sites and prurient appetites, the parade of faceless women as unsubstantial as their virtual names, ghosts trapped in cyber-space. As David wanders the streets of something, anything, he stumbles upon a pair of dumpster divers, ex-students who lead him to their house, Fishgut, and temporary nirvana.

Inside, David's chronic state of alienation from the world and himself finds temporary reprieve, a loose-knit band of hippies, punks and anarchists who breach the boundaries of religion, politics and the false prophets of their world. As Katy, a kind of earth mother libertine, runs her fingers through David's hair and that of her lover, Liz, David can barely keep from crying: He realizes how long it's been since he's been touched. For all the intellectual distractions, political diatribes and search for God in an indifferent world, it is the human contact that feeds David's soul. Katy and Liz provide that contact in excess. From the David's biting commentary on the labyrinthine and deceptive temptations of pornography to the ultimate betrayal of a girl he really cared about, David's demoralization is complete, his psyche ready for the chance encounter at the dumpster.

David wallows in this nest of rebellious ideas and dirty sheets, tangentially intrigued by the quest to comprehend the Divine, testing his commitment to abandon while living in filth and dining on stranger's discarded garbage. This parallel existence meets his needs- for a time. But even this anti-world evolves, made smaller in its familiarity, albeit wrapped in drug-fueled intellectual pursuits. Absorbed into the bohemian laxity of Katy and Liz's easy affection, anarchy turns complacent, people coming and going on impulse, their putative "leader", a mysterious hobo who has long since moved on, remembered only by a tent left in the back yard. While David transitions from one dimension to another, in thrall to the changed parameters of his existence and rapturously indulging in the wonders of the flesh and the mind, Taylor leaves the reader behind to languish with the long-gone hobo's empty tent. Taylor is certainly a writer to watch. But in the end, it is the title I like best. Luan Gaines/2011.
Trash Obsession Trash Obsession
My favorite book I have read in years. Read through multiple times, finally bought my own copy. Can't wait till read through again. Captivating story, great character development, and just an overall amazing novel. Couldn't recommend this more! Also, Justin Taylor's other book, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, also amazing, it's a collection of short stories. Check it out.
Boraston Boraston
Justin Taylor is something of an anomaly among the emerging group of what I hesitantly call "internet writers." He isn't an experimentalist, an anti-emotional minimalist, or what's known as a "sentence writer." He's a storyteller. He also could be the best American writer under 30.

His debut novel, "The Gospel of Anarchy," like Denis Johnson's debut novel "Angels," gives a stunning representation of a segment of society previously untouched in literature; in this case, it's a group of punks, hippies and assorted dropouts living together in a dilapidated flophouse in Florida named "Fishgut." There's all the sex, drugs and rock & roll you'd expect from a novel about modern twenty-somethings, but Taylor has much deeper goals in mind than simply exhibiting some youthful hedonism. The book is about a group of friends unified by a shared disdain for late-capitalist American society. But the central paradox is that when a fringe group decides to construct their own moral code, it can end up just as ostracizing as the conformist structures most free-thinkers seek to escape. In that sense, Taylor's novel can almost be read as a kind of Henry James for impoverished libertines, although the influences of writers like Don DeLillo and Flannery O'Connor are more apparent in the text.

It's clear Taylor is very intelligent and well-versed in Western and non-Western literary canons, but the book is wisely guided by the emotional states of its characters. The narrative structure is egalitarian, giving intimate access to the minds of several different denizens of Fishgut, and Taylor expertly modulates and organizes these different voices.

If you're looking for a thoughtful, character-driven page-turner, but you're unmoved by the preening sentimentality of modern fiction, I urge Justin Taylor upon you. His talent is formidable, and a decade from now, a lot of readers will wish they would have had the opportunity to track his development.