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The Name of the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    the most elegant book written since Tuesdays With Morrie

    'What I first require of a work of art is that its agenda not include me. I don't want its aim put in doubt by any attempt to appeal to me, by any awareness of me at all' (from page 73) The Name of the World is precisely that--a work of art that exists purely to inspire. There is no self consciousness to Johnson's prose. Central character Mike Reed is everyman. After losing his wife and daughter in a fatal car crash, his life becomes a vacuum, but not one of which he is unaware. As the story progresses he interacts with an odd collection of characters: A museum security guard with whom he has interior monologues regarding a work of art; a young wild child named Flower, who represents all the possibilities of living an untame life; a drunken colleague who's pronouncements on death are a harbinger for the self awakening Mike undergoes by the novel's end. Much of this book is allegoric and metaphorical and its slimness is essential to this. In Mike we understand the essence of humanity, the selves we keep locked away for fear of losing them, and those we need to share in hopes of attaining something greater than ourselves. I would suggest reading this book in one sitting and re-reading it several days later.

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