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Free ePub ¿ mobi Palimpsest · ¾ Catherynne M. Valente é [Reading] ➷ Palimpsest Author Catherynne M. Valente – In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the uniue and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M Valente Now she weaves a lyrically His kingdom of ghost trains lion priests living kanji and cream filled canals come four travelers Oleg a New York locksmith the beekeeper November Ludovico a binder of rare books and a young Japanese woman named Sei They’ve each lost something important a wife a lover a sister a direction in life and what they will find in Palimpsest is than they could ever imagine There is a subgenre of fantasy although some people would try to kill me for that classification called New Weird In my experience what this means is interesting ideas executed in the most boring fashion possible Palimpsest is exactly that In particular New Weird authors seem to get so caught up in their world building they forget to develop any kind of a plot or at least spend so much time describing said world building that the plot doesn't appear until well into the bookI don't like stories you have to get Intentionally cryptic storytelling no matter how beautifully written and New Weird writers do tend to write beautifully is poor craft no matter how you slice it Palimpsest seems to be an overwrought rewrite of Neverwhere rotating between 4 POV characters but without y'know a fucking plot This trade paperback edition is 367 pages long somewhere in the 50s my eyes started skimming I didn't mean for them to but NOTHING WAS HAPPENING Maybe there's some shit that pays off later but how about giving me something nowI don't need pictures I just finished an exceedingly difficult read one widely judged to have been a bomb but I got the seuel the instant I heard there was one I'm willing to dig through some shit but I need some kind of reward I'm not going to follow strange people doing strange things in some Narnia rehash that they don't even UNDERSTAND until the author decides I've toiled hard enough to get a tidbit of story

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In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the uniue and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M Valente Now she weaves a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesue and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with a stranger’s kiss Between life and death dreaming and waking at the train Did I a brand spankin' new gynecologist just read a book about a sexually transmitted city Yeah I guess so much for that whole 'don't bring your work home' thing To touch a person to sleep with a person is to become a pioneer she whispered then a frontiersman at the edge of their private world the strange incomprehensible world of their interior filled with customs you could never imitate a language which sounds like your own but is really totally foreign knowable only to them I have been so many times to countries like that I have learned how to make coffee in all their ways how to share food how to comfort how to dance in the native waysValente's trademark lush ornamental stylized and vivid almost paintbrush stroke like writing is amplified in this novel Every sentence is surreal dripping with imagery soaking with color saturated with emotions The writing is melodic and lyrical almost to the absurd to the point that you almost want to shake it off you and return to the world of short phrases and transparent meanings Valente is excellent at weaving a gorgeous tapestry of language zeroing in on small details and scenes and describing them with such poignancy that you feel almost trapped in the surreal world that she creates It's wonderful to read it but it's also almost exhausting since everything is raw and on the edge everything is exaggerated everything is painfully exposed and amplified The words swirl and so do the emotions contained in them The disjointed and staggering narration fading in and out like in a dream is both enchanting and oppressing and I did love the combination of thoseThe rawness of emotions and at the same time the dreamlike uality of them is in the soul of this book Forget the plot or the characters or any semblance of a traditional story It's not about that It's about the pain of love and loss and loneliness It's the story of loss and need and desperate longing It's a story about finding a place where you belong where you feel alive no matter how painful and hard and absurd the journey there may seem It's not a story about finding a happy ending; it's about both feeling alive and just dulling the pain It's about choice and the lack of it desire and duty fulfillment and abandonmentThe world Valente paints with her word strokes is weird to the extreme surreal and dreamlike The main character here is a dreamlike fantastical city full of magic and life and strangeness The city of Palimpsest filled with living mating trains mechanical insects houses living as small children rivers of clothes and milk chimerae and love and death This is not a paradise for those who manage to find it; despite it being 'real' to them than the reality it is still angry and dangerous and full of its own prejudices and bigotry But it is a place for those who don't belong elsewhere like our four characters broken and lost and tragic and pathetic and beautiful and repulsive all at the same time; multifaceted like the city of their dreams November has been taken she knows this and one does not argue with the one who takes No one whose father was a librarian is ignorant of their Greek myth when Hades hauls you into his chariot you do not argue that he has been rude not to ask if you really wanted to goThis is Palimpsest November This is the real world Nothing comes without pain and deathThe back cover of the book talks about a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesue and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with a stranger's kiss While I agree on the 'grotesue and beautiful' part I want to uestion the erotic part Yes this book is filled to the brim with sex as expected since sex with strangers is really the only way to get into Palimpsest you sleep with strangers you get a mark on your skin a palimpsestic rash of sorts and then you have an urge to pass it on and so it spreads infecting others like a true STD but after a few initial encounters the eroticism and any semblance of enjoyable disappears and the characters are left with sex as a chore a means to the end casual past the point of enjoyment undiscriminatory dreaded by them exhausting unwanted painful; sex as nothing than a uick and undesired interlude on their way to their obsession It is not erotic; it is exhausting Like a true sexually transmitted disease Palimpsest is accompanied by regret and pain And I thought Valente handled that very well and showed it with grace and dignity while not softening the blows in any way However my gynecologist self cringed uite a few times at all the unprotected sex that the majority of them were having I mean c'mon is Palimpsest really worth gonorrhea or warts or unintended pregnancy or syphilis Seriously people stop for a second to put that condom on Please But this is how you do it through the body and into the world You fuck; you travel That sounds crude and you know it usually is It's usually ugly and fat and sweaty and lonely Luckily it's also usually uick But afterwards we find a place where we belongI was torn about the rating for this one I'm a huge Valente fan being completely won over by Deathless one of the best books I've read this year The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and Silently and Very Fast All of those have instantly grabbed my attention and held me enchanted in their charms and embrace until the very last page Palimpsest however was a very different experience winning my affection very slowly almost reluctantly sometimes pushing me away sometimes luring me in but still in the end maintaining a firm grip on me just like the surreal city of Palimpsest did on the four characters in this book You need me said Xiaohui breathlessly pulling November over her sliding hands under her belt to claw and knead You need meDon’t you mean ‘I need you' whispered November in the girl’s earNo she sighed arching her back tipping her chin up making herself easy to kiss easy to fall into easy to devour You’ll see You’ll seeI'm glad I did not give up on this book While it has its flaws while it's so heavily stylized that it almost throws you out of the story while simultaneously somehow immersing you in it while endorsing choices and actions that I normally would very vehemently disagree with this book did provide me with a very uniue experience in one of the weirdest universes created on paper It made me think and ache and sigh and long for things that lurk at the bottom of my murky soul I loved the freuent mentions of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland apparently written because of fans' reuests after this book And for all of that I'm rounding up the 35 star rating to 4 stars Valente's writing just has that something special that speaks to my soul and I cannot resist it There are no tigers for us just a city waiting and it loves us in whatever ways

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PalimpsestStop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest To get there is a miracle a mystery a gift and a curse a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night To t A Book of Marvelous Things I was so alone I had only books and dreams and brushes then The four protagonists two male two female who live variously in California New York Rome and Kyoto have their own separate obsessions trains keys bees and books – but don’t yet know true love They crave the low vibratory tones of shared obsession real lovers the kind that make coffee for each other and read the same books In this current world they are taught two lessons the source of all suffering is desire and there can be no real love between strangers Yet each of them discovers a fantasy world Palimpsest apparently under their own city by surrendering to their desire and spontaneously kissing and having sex with a stranger upon the body of each of whom is a stain a grid a map which turns out to be the only material evidence of the other world Yet everybody including the four who visits Palimpsest ends up with a body mark that maps their own segment of the underground cityscape Until the four meet in the real world and combine their endeavours as a uarto they can only visit Palimpsest in their dreams a day at a time and they remain skeptical whether it exists Like the imaginary beasts in St Isidore’s encyclopaedia Etymologiae the relationship between Palimpsest and the real world is as incongrous as an impossible beast sitting next to a possum Still they look at it as precious like a pearl at the bottom of the sea And so begins their uest to locate and migrate to this Palimpsestuous Paradise a world that won't necessarily welcome visitors or immigrants A novel that might appeal to fans of David Mitchell China Mieville Jeff VanderMeer Nicholas Christopher Ursula Le Guin Umberto Eco Joss Wheedon and the Matrix it is both sexually explicit and sensual The sex is both hetero and homo freuently up against a wall on your feet or on your knees yet ultimately it is only the vehicle for a greater desire love passionate love perhaps a passionate beast that may only exist in its most idealised and perfect form in Palimpsest The eroticism of the novel derives not so much from the explicitness but the sensual beauty of the fictive world constructed by Valente We know what it contains and what it looks feels and smells like Fruit abounds persimmons pomegranates figs cherries apples pears oranges lemons while everywhere there are objects of subtle and suggestive beauty a walled world snails black coffee a crème caramel a black chaise a glass cabinet opera glasses roaring trains a viola a parasol long low horns leopards gazelles lions lizards horses ostriches a tourmaline beetle gloves bronze compasses a calfskin dress a scarlet and leather box Enough of such objects of such nouns make a verb and we have made a verb and it is usTogether we are one long book of marvelous things For all of the appeal of Palimpsest it will no doubt be impossible for us readers to replicate this world of emotion in our lives Instead perhaps all we can do is to make the same resolution as one of the protagonists Things I will try to say often Why I love you I’m sorry May I have chocolate Yes yes yes This might not be a list of things necessary for happiness but it’s not a bad start On the other hand it might just be the palimpsest of other possibilities that remains when we finish the book at least for those who believe that No lock will settle for less than its most and dearest beloved