You Bright and Risen Angelsby William T. Vollmann
In the jungles of South America, on the ice fields of Alaska, the plains of the Midwest, and the streets of San Francisco, a fearsome battle rages. The insects are vying for world domination; the inventors of electricity stand in evil opposition. Bug , a young man, rebels against his own kind and joins forces with the insects. Wayne, a thug, allies himself with the… See more details below
In the jungles of South America, on the ice fields of Alaska, the plains of the Midwest, and the streets of San Francisco, a fearsome battle rages. The insects are vying for world domination; the inventors of electricity stand in evil opposition. Bug , a young man, rebels against his own kind and joins forces with the insects. Wayne, a thug, allies himself with the malevolent forces of electricity and vows to assassinate the preying mantis who tends bar in Oregon. A brusque La Pasionara with the sprightly name of Millie leads an intrepid band of revolutionaries.
You Bright and Risen Angels is the work of an extraordinary imagination. In this free-wheeling novel of epic proportions, William T. Vollmann has crafted a biting, hilarious satire of history, technology, politics, and misguided love.
Meet the Author
William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.
- Sacramento, California
- Date of Birth:
- July 28, 1959
- Place of Birth:
- Santa Monica, California
- Attended Deep Springs College and Cornell University
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If you want to find out what Vollman is about, this is the best place to start and I would say, having read 3 other books by him, that this is his best work. There is a lot of familiar territory for folks who enjoy Gravity's Rainbow and JR. But Vollman is his own writer and of the young hotshots who emerged in the late 80's and early 90's--Richard Powers, David Foster Wallace--Vollman is the best writer. Nothing ever seems forced with Vollman and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of chemistry, computer hardware, American history and pop culture which he finds ways to mesh into a world vision without just showing off. Explaining too much about this book would be a mistake. On the one hand, we have monopolistic power; on the other, fanatical rebels. Sound familiar?
Vollmann displays a deft handling of words and a true mastership of modern storytelling. Reading this novel, (the three others I read by him were not as good) one is reminded of the true power and delight of writing. The book professes to be a cartoon (a comically sadistic, surrealistic one at that!) about the 'Insect Wars': insects versus humans in a never-ending battle for world domination. Electric power monopolies, ethereal and sinister, 'Blue Globes' and the (literally) immortal CEO and sadist Mr. White, of 'White Power & Light' electric company, are the foils to the main character 'Bug', a disaffected white middleclass kid who becomes a merciless guerilla with the aid of insect homing devices. Modern writing at it's best.