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Keyhole factory, William Gillespie

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Keyhole factory
Title
Keyhole factory
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William Gillespie
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Language
eng
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Review
  • To repurpose T.S. Eliot, this is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but with an experimental novel about our dénouement. In Gillespie’s imaginative scenario, a manmade plague called Pandora is deliberately unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace. Through the clever use of ever-changing typographical layouts, we live through the spread of the epidemic and are horrified as it quickly devastates mankind, causing a breakdown in law and order and communications. Playing like a biowarfare version of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, with death substituting for sex, we meet an interconnected cross-section of humanity, including a poet astronaut on his way back to a changed Earth after testing a planet-killing weapon in deep space; a female virologist who works at the secret underground lab where the weaponized virus was created; Seattle newlyweds, possibly “the last couple to get married,” fleeing the clogged city in search of sanctuary; a serial killer who preys upon the various colonies of survivors; and a pirate radio disk jockey who broadcasts her harrowing experiences even though there may no longer be anyone alive to hear them. Gillespie (The Story That Teaches You How to Write It) has a keen satiric mind: the virus is released at an Arms Contractors Ball where men wear missile codpieces and women bullet bras. And although it has become fashionable in recent years for literary authors to take on the apocalypse, you would have to go back to Denis Johnson’s Fiskadoro to find such a purely poetic take on the unthinkable. Agent: Gary Heidt, Signature Literary Agency. (Nov. 13) --Staff (Reviewed September 24, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 39, p)
  • The monkey on the cover of Gillespie's new book stares back with a distinct look of malevolence—a fitting image for such a bristling novel. Gillespie, whose previous books (e.g., The Story That Teaches You How To Write It ) were released by smaller presses, moves deftly across an apocalyptic modern landscape. The book opens with a caustic yet hilarious and likely accurate take on an academic poetry conference. From there, we quickly move to an astronaut who writes poetry and then a biolab from which a disease-carrying monkey escapes. Gillespie writes with more ache than mean-spiritedness, acutely relating the loneliness of the virologist: "I was not at liberty to discuss my work with anybody, and so I talked about it with my cat, which was still probably illegal." VERDICT This is an experimental novel—chunks of poetry interrupt the traditional chapters, graphics appear throughout, and a middle section is horizontal—but the pleasure of the text is fine and true. Readers of Denis Johnson, Nick Harkaway, and Jonathan Lethem will want to follow Gillespie.— Travis Fristoe, Alachua Cty. Lib. District, Gainesville, FL --Travis Fristoe (Reviewed November 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 19, p76)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10155748
Cataloging source
DLC
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1969-
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Gillespie, William
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.Y58
LC item number
K49 2012
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Epidemics
  • Viruses
  • Human ecology
  • Survival
Label
Keyhole factory, William Gillespie
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Publication
Note
Copyright date: 2010
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
906412
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
405 pages
Isbn
9781593764463
Lccn
2012042835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781593764463
Label
Keyhole factory, William Gillespie
Publication
Note
Copyright date: 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
906412
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
405 pages
Isbn
9781593764463
Lccn
2012042835
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781593764463

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