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Reviews: True Map of the City
“The plot is clever and delicately developed, the symbolism is richly layered, and every scene leaves readers asking head-scratching questions. The hyperbolic level of bureaucracy and hypocrisy occasionally comes across as satire, but also has the dark edge of Orwellian fiction.
"Creating such a surreal, vaguely impossible atmosphere in a novel is a challenging task, but Guenther plays masterfully with philosophy and language to achieve a singular mood. The stark, matter-of-fact narration and the intimacy of Horus' inner monologue gives the prose a foreboding sense, while the flashes of humor and ridiculousness give the book an odd balance.
"Guenther fits a whole tangled tale into just over 100 pages, with few wasted words.
"Capped off with a . . . completely unexpected conclusion, A True Map of the City is a truly good read, and Guenther humbly proves himself as a literary descendant of Kafka himself.” --Editor, Self-Publishing Review
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Tag Archives: vers libre
BIRDS OF A FEATHER, REVISITED
Paula, on the coop blog, 8GreatStorytellers, posted this poem a while back: BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER Sparrows with sparrows, Crows with crows, Starlings with starlings. That’s how it goes. Inspired by this Nashian observation, I perpetrated this reply: … Continue reading
Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 6
Twenty Syllable Translations The extra budget in a twenty syllable haiku accommodates the wordiness of English, and the rhyme compensates, somewhat, for the lost Japanese poetic elements of the original. Some examples: The scene is almost set for Spring to … Continue reading
Gresham’s Law of Versification
My friend and mentor, Edith Battles, gave me her copy of “The Art of Versification” before she died. Esenwein and Roberts’ book is very complete. It has a section on Vers Libre, a form that the French were into by … Continue reading