You Bright and Risen Angels: A Cartoon

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Penguin, 1988 - Fiction - 635 pages
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In the jungles of South America, on the ice fields of Alaska, the plains of the Midwest, and the streets of San Francisco, a fearsome battle rages. The insects are vying for world domination; the inventors of electricity stand in evil opposition. Bug , a young man, rebels against his own kind and joins forces with the insects. Wayne, a thug, allies himself with the malevolent forces of electricity and vows to assassinate the preying mantis who tends bar in Oregon. A brusque La Pasionara with the sprightly name of Millie leads an intrepid band of revolutionaries.

You Bright and Risen Angels is the work of an extraordinary imagination. In this free-wheeling novel of epic proportions, William T. Vollmann has crafted a biting, hilarious satire of history, technology, politics, and misguided love.

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User Review  - dmarsh451 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the digressions more than the story. In fact, I enjoyed them a lot. The history of the rise of electricity in the first part of the book was a merciless synopsis of the westward ho! of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keith Putnam - Goodreads

After about one hundred pages of gnarled, hallucinatory conditioning, You Bright And Risen Angels suddenly breathes and reveals itself. Vollmann's prose is changeable and beautiful and funny, twisting ... Read full review


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William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.

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