Amnesia Moon

Amnesia Moon

by Jonathan Lethem
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Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem

In Jonathan Lethem's wryly funny novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, who's living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans.

It's an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may have no connection to the truth. So he takes to the road with a girl named Melinda in order to find answers. As the pair travels through the United States they find that, while each town has been affected differently by the mysterious source of the apocalypse, none of the people they meet can fill in their incomplete memories or answer their questions. Gradually, figures from Chaos's past, including some who appear only under the influence of intravenously administered drugs, make Chaos remember some of his forgotten life as a man named Moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547536927
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,188,540
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of several novels, including Motherless Brooklyn; The Fortress of Solitude;Gun, with Occasional Music; and Dissident Gardens.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Left Bennington College after two years

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Jonathan lethem once again defys the laws of genre by writing the most original masterpiece I have ever read. Confusion ensues when chaos realizes that his life is not exactly what it seems. Truth drowned out by falsetellings and theorys which make you think(sometihng you don't find in to many books these days). I had to read it twice.
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Lethem's Amnesia Moon is a brilliant masterpiece which blinds its reader with textual supremacy rivaling that sought by a ten megaton nuclear blast. Like his earlier novel, Gun With Occasional Music, Lethem's Amnesia Moon focuses around a single 'tech noir' hero who sets off on a journey of expectacious wonderment which begins with the fact that Chaos realizes his own reality is simply a fragment which is part of a marvelous post-turn of the Mayan calendar world. Beginning in Hatfork, Wyoming, a town filled with post-apocalyptic mutants the novel takes a sharp turn towards an even more disasterous possible future when the characters realize that they border a green mist. Not simply a Deadlands:Hell on Earth type world, Lethem's myriad of post-apocalyptic realities take on a sort of rainbow like hue, especially when considered against his earlier work, Gun, with Occasional Music. Now Gun, as I like to refer to it, was a melodic masterpiece which, like the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit, deals with surrealistic animal intrusions from other realities beyond our perception and ken. BTW, has anybody noticed how much each of these plots seem to resemble most M:TA campaigns, especially since the journey of Chaos through a transformed neo-apocalyptic New West could easily be seen as the story of the awakening of a neophyte mage and Gun could be seen as about an individual who lives in a world in which out -of-control technologies spawned by the evil Pentex have pushed him to the brink of insanity and to a point where he and his musical gun are increasingly marginalized by the bio-technologically altered critters which surround him in his little world of Forgettol-induced amnesia and hallucinatory states. In fact, its easy sometimes to forget which Jonathan Lethem novel you're reading and drift back in time back into Gun while reading through one's first-print paperback copy of Amnesia Moon. In 1992, when Lethem first brought Gun out it was little noticed, except where I live, where for some reason it recieved widespread critical acclaim, especially from local booksellers in the area. In Amnesia Moon though, Lethem puts a techno spin, as it were, on what could otherwise be seen as a sort of retread concept. All in all, I would consider Amnesia Moon to be an excellent book and one well worth reading, particularly as it occupies an important place in the hallmarks of San Francisco underground literature and is well worth reading in both its hardback and paperback printings. BTW, I not only enjoyed Amnesia Moon, but I also enjoyed hanging out with Lethem on his chat group Head Space on Hotwired and this message is also intended all of you out there know that, centauri is back!