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.
“Outstandingly beautiful prose.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I enjoyed the language, imagery, characterization and flow of this book, yet it also continually seemed to me written for a young adult audience. Perhaps when I was a much younger self I would have found the eroticism titillating, shocking, and discomforting in turns, however at my age and experience, I found sexual content rather bland. I much preferred the author’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which had a much better balance.
There is a lot to like in this novel as it tries to create a world of fascinating mystery and dreamlike imagery, and it often does, but for me the spell was repeatedly broken, making the overall experience less than fully satisfying.
There is a significant amount of sexual content and situations that are rather mild, yet would be quite offensive to many, and would be inappropriate for younger readers.
The narration was excellent throughout.
I absolutely love Valente's work. I've listened to the fairy land series and six gun snow white. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, totally devoured it, couldn't turn it off. Makes me think of "fairy land come of age"
Fantastic performance by the reader.
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.
It was hard to follow.
There is no erotic atmosphere.
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.
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.
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