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"Slouka writes with the bare-bones ferocity of Jerzy Kosinski and the visual intensity of John Updike." —Boston Herald
“Exceptionally beautiful. . . . [A] story where the power of language and of reflection on the nature of connection is more essential, and compelling, than any retelling of historical events.” —The Washington Post Book World
Posted August 7, 2007
This book is not only beautifully written, it touches on the very basic of human feelings, but from a unique viewpoint. I really enjoyed this novel, and highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2003
'God's Fool' truly touches the soul, forcing us to reflect on all the discrimination, lack of acceptance, and insensitivity that exists in this world. If everyone would read this book then there would a lot more tolerance and acceptance for those that are 'different' in all forms and ways.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2002
Mark Slouka's "God's Fool" is a refreshing, lyrical, lively work of historical fiction. Origional and non-formulaic it offers an exciting plot, engaging characters, themes concerning the nature of the individual, community, and culture. The book abounds with literary references, placed like prizes in an Easter egg hunt, making the reader feel accomplished and connected with the highly sophisicated narrator and the author himself. A seemingly clear parallel exists between this story and "The Idiot" by Dostoyevsky. One may view Chang, the narrator, as, partly, a cynically enlightened Prince Myshkin; a man assaulted by depravity and hypocrisy but whose conscience and sensibility has,nevertheless, survived. Eggheads everywhere may also detect images reminicent of Francisco Goya's grim grostesqueries, "Drowning Dog" in particular, coloring the sadder passages. One criticism, at times the tone waxes too lyrical, hardly a big issue but less is always more. Try it, you'll like it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.