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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    Rated M for Mature

    Dhalgren is a weird case for me, because when I was first reading it and people asked me how it was, I would say, "I really like it, but I'm not sure I would recommend it." It's a very punk novel, in a post-apocalyptic and forgotten city called Bellona, with a poetic and sex-loving wanderer simply named The Kid as the protagonist. The point of view varies from past to present, from first to third tense seemingly at random; punctuation and complete sentences aren't a constant occurrence. It's like nothing I've ever read. It stuck with me long after I'd finished it in a way most books do not, and I came to realize that the reason I liked it so much was this: if I were to live in any bohemian anarchic society, this is the one I would choose. If you want to work you can; if not, you don't. If you want to be part of a gang, they'll welcome you; if you want to pretend life still goes on as normal, move into a vacant apartment. When you want to get laid, there's always someone there for you; if you just want to hang out with friends, they're already there. It follows the life of a free-living writer without getting bogged down in drugs like so many similar novels predictably do. It's creative and different and downright weird. But if you're turned off by detailed and nontraditional sex scenes, this book is not for you. And don't expect all the freaky stuff that happens in Bellona to have a neat and tidy explanation. It doesn't. Dhalgren is straight up something way different and fun for the adventurous. It's definitely a unique read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Very deep. A classic waiting for its time.

    This book can be read at multiple levels. As a slow-moving adventure tale, as a post-apocalyptic novel, and as a deeper, philosophical treatise on where humans are moving. I'm sure there are levels of thought in this book that are far beyond my comprehension, but as I reread this novel every five or six years, I hope to continue pulling things out that have escaped my notice in the past.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    I love Hard Sci-Fi and was recommended to me as such although I

    I love Hard Sci-Fi and was recommended to me as such although I would call this much more then Sci-Fi. It was difficult for me to start through, but when I thought I couldn't read anymore I kept reading and reading and reading. By the end I felt accomplished and happy I read such a unique read and very pleased with the journey this took me on. While I will not recommend this book to everyone it is in my opinion very worth reading if you are willing to give it a try and have an open mind.

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