Gods Without Men (Google eBook)
In the desert, you see, there is everything and nothing . . . It is God without men.
—Honoré de Balzac, Une passion dans le désert, 1830
Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. However, the Mojave is a place of strange power, and before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed—but not unchanged—the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.
Driven by the energy and cunning of Coyote, the mythic, shape-shifting trickster, Gods Without Men is full of big ideas, but centered on flesh-and-blood characters who converge at an odd, remote town in the shadow of a rock formation called the Pinnacles. Viscerally gripping and intellectually engaging, it is, above all, a heartfelt exploration of the search for pattern and meaning in a chaotic universe.
This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This was mind expanding literature, it’s got my brain going round in a whirl. Vast in scale, it centres its action around a distinctive rock formation in the Californian desert, but flips backwards and forwards in time, covering almost 250 years in total. Characters come from a vast array of cultures. It’s hard to pin down exactly what it’s about, except to say that perhaps it’s about everything, and the way that everything is connected to everything else. Skilfully written, the book’s chapters mostly follow the same formula – plunging straight into the action without any explanation of who the characters, where they are or what is going on. Nothing other than the date. Puzzlement is allowed to tick over to within a nanosecond of irritation before the author lays out the backstory, in the manner of a poker player revealing his hand, and everything falls into place, including the ways in which characters’ stories intersect across the time line. I’m going to admit that I found the chapters taking place prior to 1947 tough going; on the other hand the modern day stories were totally gripping, and in the end you need those earlier stories to form a coherent whole.
Review: Gods Without MenUser Review - Goodreads
Stories within stories, I enjoyed the complexity. Some of the chapters are wonderfully engaging, but I found I had to struggle through others. If you look at the synopsis, you will understand why ...