The Flame Alphabet

The Flame Alphabet

Book - 2012
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From one of the most innovative and important writers of his generation: a brilliant, mesmerizingly dark new novel in which the speech of children is killing their parents. Sam's car is waved off the road at a government-run laboratory where horrific tests are being conducted to create non-lethal speech. Throngs bang on the doors to be subject volunteers; they're all carried out half-dead. When Sam realizes what's going on, he makes a desperate escape, vowing that if he dies it will be with his family, the only refuge of sanity and love.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307379375
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,25 cm.

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zackhaslam
May 30, 2013

Odd, I found it extremely easy to put down, almost as though Marcus' was making his point about the nausea of language metatextual. So if he set out to make it a grind to finish the book - success?

Fine premise, fine writing, excellent questions posed, but I didn't relish the experience.

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curioussquared
Jul 07, 2012

I found The Flame Alphabet hard to get through, if only because Marcus poses some extremely tough questions. The book starts off cold and only gets colder; it's hard to continue sometimes just because the situations can be difficult to handle. Recommended nonetheless.

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Morde
Apr 23, 2012

Impossible to put down. Poses the difficult question regarding relationships and their connection to communication.

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