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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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.

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.

Apr 23, 2012

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

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