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Palimpsest | [Catherynne M. Valente]

Palimpsest

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop 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 this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers.
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Publisher's Summary

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop 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 this 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 more than they could ever imagine.

©2010 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Outstandingly beautiful prose.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alexandra 06-18-14
    Alexandra 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "not erotic"
    What disappointed you about Palimpsest?

    It was hard to follow.
    There is no erotic atmosphere.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherynne M. Valente again?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    It is poetic, no doubt, but there seems to be no real Story. I stopped listening after 2 hours. I think by that time one should be into a book. If not, I do not torture myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan TX 09-07-10
    Suzan TX 09-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Could not even finish"

    I listen to this for close two 2 hours and it makes no sense I finally gave up and started listening to something else talk about a weird book. I just don't get this book. wasted my money cause I bought this one without a credit.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Serene Night 04-27-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Overly wordy"

    Wow, I loathed this one. Despite having my favorite narrator Aasne, this novel was simply too wordy and too fantastic to be believed. I was disappointed. The plot synopsis was intriguing but don't be fooled. The writing was very affected and irksome.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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