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Posted December 29, 2004
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This should be required reading in 3rd and 4th year high schools in the U.S. It's one of the most beautifully written novels published in the last hundred years, and addresses a topic central to all humanity, no matter the society. Vollman should be given a Nobel prize for literature for his work on this opus, which encompasses a vast scope of human literature and socio-political history. I have to keep a pad of notes with me at all times while reading this, either to reference esoteric classical writings, or to research historical events not described in full. Vollman is a true genius (as is apparent in his other works as well) and hopefully will take a [well-deserved]place in the canon of Western authors.
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Posted December 29, 2011
A scholarly work which was hard for this reader to finish...
This book is the abridged version of a work that was originally 7 volumes long. To Vollman's credit his analysis of violence is encyclopedic, but often difficult to get through. I recommend the work of Yale Professor of Psychiatry Robert J. Lifton for some very profound esplorations of violence and human frailty.
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