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Thresholds based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Just imagine what might happen if suddenly people decided to actually speak their minds instead of mouthing those insipid, inane phrases of the masses (i.e., 'Have a nice day!'). Do any of us have the intestinal fortitude to say what we REALLY think or feel to those we come into contact with throughout a typical day? Not likely. Well, that's exactly what Nash Falstaff, frustrated musician/philosopher, does one morning when he steps from his New Orleans apartment elevator and confronts his eye-appealing landlady. Thus begins the REVOLUTION for truth and honesty, spearheaded by Nash and his faithful, motley band of Apostles. But THRESHOLDS is so much more. This is a character-driven, complex, cornucopian work of art. It's ribald and philosophical, hilarious and serious, enlightening, and at times, a bit confounding. Barnes isn't afraid to break new ground with his stylistic writing. He challenges the reader to pay attention and keep up. His dialogue jumps off the pages, but his sparse 'tag lines' and innovative use of elipses for conversational pauses '...' '...' do require you to stay focused. I've read this novel three times, and with each new reading have come away with more. Nick Barnes is a gutsy, fresh new voice in the literature of America. I predict we'll hear a lot more from him in the future, especially if the 'bottom line = $$$' New York publishing world ever opens its jaded eyes to the real wealth of talent waiting in the hinterland.
This is a book you might want to read certain parts of a second time. My favorite dialogues are those that point out the fraud in so much of art and poetry today, in institutional religion,(he invents a new word: one who acts self-righteously is acting 'jesusly'); in education, in philosophical treatises, in sports and in music. In the somewhat surprising resolution of the story, Barnes shows his commonality with Thoreau in a very real but novel way.
Reflecting the ambiance of the hippest part of modern day New Orleans, Nash Falstaff and Sera enjoy a life of drugs, drink and sex as they seek the golden fleece of honesty. Mr. Barnes paints a vivid picture of life on the cusp through the raw energy of his potent dialog. A powerful work.