Gojiro: A Novel

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Imagine Lewis Carroll, Julian Jaynes, and Thomas Pynchon collaborating on a book about the cosmological quest of a five-hundred-foot-tall mutated monitor lizard and his friend, Coma Boy, an amnesiac survivor of the Hiroshima bomb blast. Well, forget it, you're never going to see those writers working together. Thankfully, Mark Jacobson took this task upon his own true self. Jacobson's GOJIRO is a wild and humorous fairytale about the Atomic age, about a terrifying world redeemed by love, friendship, the survival ...
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Overview

Imagine Lewis Carroll, Julian Jaynes, and Thomas Pynchon collaborating on a book about the cosmological quest of a five-hundred-foot-tall mutated monitor lizard and his friend, Coma Boy, an amnesiac survivor of the Hiroshima bomb blast. Well, forget it, you're never going to see those writers working together. Thankfully, Mark Jacobson took this task upon his own true self. Jacobson's GOJIRO is a wild and humorous fairytale about the Atomic age, about a terrifying world redeemed by love, friendship, the survival instinct, and a willingness to break down old inventions for new parts.
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Editorial Reviews

Katherine Dunn
If God had a sense of humor, GOJIRO would be the Bible.GOJIRO is destined for cult immortality. This is Candide for the post Hiroshima age, a cure for the terror of pink-tailed nucleii. It's a B flick collide with Stephen Hawking to produce this tender, funny, chaotic tale of a monster and his boy.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This remarkable first novel combines the manic energy of monster movies and comic books with a serious and sad look at the post-nuclear world. At center stage are two friends. One is Gojiro, a 500-foot-tall lizard who has swollen to his extraordinary size--and acquired the shrewd brain of higher life forms--as a result of an atomic test. Then there's his comrade Komodo, a human victim of Hiroshima. A mystical and telepathic bond unites them; they make a home for themselves and other radiation victims on a volcanic island in the middle of a ``roiling petrochemical sea.'' But Gojiro becomes a movie star, setting out with Komodo for Hollywood at the strange request of a film producer (whose father was involved with the Manhattan Project tests that produced Gojiro). They soon uncover a plot to test new atomic weapons that, in the best comic book tradition, threatens the world. The plot is fast-moving and fun, but the bulk of the book consists of long, philosophical dialogues between the austere youth and the wisecracking monster--whose hipster jargon is a perfect imitation of the late rock critic Lester Bangs. The novel's beauty lies in the way these often hilarious conversations strike a poignant note while the ``mutants'' try to come to grips with the horrors of their lives. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Transformed by post-World War II atomic testing into a gargantuan and sentient behemoth, the former monitor lizard now known as ``Gojiro'' forms a quasi-mystical bond with a Japanese survivor of Hiroshima--a bond which leads them from their island retreat to the glitter of Hollywood and ultimately into a search for the essence of life itself. Bursting with ideas, full of broad humor and epic comedy laced with an underlying seriousness and compassion, this first novel represents speculative fiction at its literary and imaginative best. It is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802135391
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2001

    my one true friend

    Fantastically disjointed and dense, I bought this second hand - as a comic junkie, I just love the resonance of the name Gojiro - and got all too obsessed with a very intricately structured world, written in perversely difficult comedic sentences, and really quite genuinely affecting as well. Hard to tell whether you're supposed to take it seriously at first, this is a rare book that never quite allows you to make your mind up on that front.

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