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Phosphor in Dreamland

Phosphor in Dreamland Wildly comic erotic and perverse Rikki Ducornet s dazzling novel Phosphor in Dreamland explores the relationship between power and madness nature and its exploitation pornography and art innoc

  • Title: Phosphor in Dreamland
  • Author: Rikki Ducornet
  • ISBN: 9781564780843
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wildly comic, erotic, and perverse, Rikki Ducornet s dazzling novel, Phosphor in Dreamland, explores the relationship between power and madness, nature and its exploitation, pornography and art, innocence and depravity Set on the imaginary Caribbean island of Birdland, the novel takes the form of a series of letters from a current resident to an old friend describing theWildly comic, erotic, and perverse, Rikki Ducornet s dazzling novel, Phosphor in Dreamland, explores the relationship between power and madness, nature and its exploitation, pornography and art, innocence and depravity Set on the imaginary Caribbean island of Birdland, the novel takes the form of a series of letters from a current resident to an old friend describing the island s 17th century history that brings together the violent Inquisition, the thoughtless extinction of the island s exotic fauna, and the amorous story of the deformed artist philosopher inventor Phosphor and his impassioned, obsessional love for the beautiful Extravaganza The Jade Cabinet, Ducornet s previous novel a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award , was described by one reviewer as Jane Austen meets Angela Carter via Lewis Carroll Phosphor in Dreamland can be described as Jonathan Swift meets Angela Carter via Jorge Luis Borges This is Ducornet at her magical best.

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    About "Rikki Ducornet"

    1. Rikki Ducornet

      Rikki Ducornet born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.Ducornet s father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community interest programs on radio and television Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in New York, earning a B.A in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964 While at Bard she met Robert Coover and Robert Kelly, two authors who shared Ducornet s fascination with metamorphosis and provided early models of how fiction might express this interest In 1972 she moved to the Loire Valley in France with her then husband, Guy Ducornet In 1988 she won a Bunting Institute fellowship at Radcliffe In 1989 she moved back to North America after accepting a teaching position in the English Department at The University of Denver In 2007, she replaced retired Dr Ernest Gaines as Writer in Residence at the The University of Louisiana In 2008, The American Academy of Arts and Letters conferred upon her one of the eight annual Academy Awards presented to writers.

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    1. Revised the below original removing one star to a 3. This being the day after I find myself feeling a disappointed lingering after taste. The memory of the book is one of thinness. Up until the last one fifth I was enchanted by Ducornet's weaving of sensual imagery into the set world she constructed. This also worked so well in her other books I have read. Here at the end the sensuality overflowed the bounds of the narrative obscuring it and becoming all there was. It drained for me all the enjo [...]


    2. Some reviewers that are allegedly named Cody may tongue-lash this novel for rehashing themes and material better utilized in the Rikkis that came before and the Rikkis that came after. These hard-to-please Codys are not necessarily mistaken. Is this one as sexy and grungy as The Stain, with it's Angela Carteresque wolves, its sadistic nun with a mechanical hand, its lugubrious and lecherous exorcist, its heady mixture of fairy tale, carnal imagery, zesty wordplay, religious satire and acrobatic [...]


    3. Excessive in its language, its thematic ambitions, its (nerdy) eroticism (I mean there is some genuine eroticism here, but most is decidedly bookwormy, for the bookworm in love with textures of language and imagery and theme); excessive in nearly everything but length, which I suppose makes it excessive in its compression, but it’s a swiftly flowing compression, a decoction that goes down like a translucent juice, with a kick that leaves one clear-headed. Would you expect anything else from a [...]


    4. Cabinet of MarvelsFor much (3/4) of this short novel, I wondered whether Rikki Ducornet was merely treading water or going through the motions. There was little to differentiate this novel from earlier works. Had she become a one trick pony, even if it was a pretty impressive trick to start with? However, by the last quarter of the book, she seemed to have regained her creativity and injected it into the narrative.The dreamland of the title is an allusion to the fictive island of Birdland, which [...]


    5. I have an almost supernatural aversion to the word ‘turd.’ Just doesn’t sit right with me; rolls off the tongue wrong and plops on the floor like, well, what it is. ‘Shit’ is fine, as are most of its variants. The word just drives me scrambling for cover. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Phosphor in Dreamland didn’t do much for me, as strewn and littered with the word “turd” as there are fish in the sea. Two-thirds Quixotic journey, the last act turns into a wholly differ [...]


    6. Possibly my favorite Rikki so far. Stands to reason given that Swift is firmly in the background. And footnotes.Living in a hole like I do, one must occasionally correct one's perspective and proportionality. If you stood where I stand you'd think Rikki were the hottest ticket since she left that guy her number (or vice versa?). But her graph is in the decline. Back in the '90's, after graduating from the school of Dalkey she would seem to have attracted NYC's attention. But now you see she's ba [...]


    7. Holy mackerel, what a lovely, lovely book. Rikki Ducornet writes a brilliant, poetic prose, romantic and delicate and strange as a surrealist's dream. Belongs on the shelf with Li-Young Lee's The Winged Seed and Jeanette Winterson at her most poetic.



    8. A poet and inventor's attempts to capture the natural and human wonder of his island home, in words and in early improvised photography, lead him on a journey across his world and afoul of local elements of pious hypocrisy opposed to both dreaming and eroticism. This has some promise, and indeed frequently sparkles with well-honed description or turn-of-phrase, but the novel is overburdened with clumsy whimsy and a sort of cleverness or wit that falls a little flat or misdirected to my ear. In p [...]


    9. The book jacket suggests that this is "Jonathan Swift meets Angela Carter via Jorge Luis Borges," but I'll go one further and suggest that this is also "Sexing the Cherry meets Don Quixote via The Tempest". The prose is rich and brilliant like avocado; as decadent as bitter chocolate. For some, it will be an acquired taste. This is whimsy and lyricism and eroticism and imagination all elegantly entwined into a phantasmagorical wonderland of a story.


    10. A few years ago, this was the first book I ever added on . I'm not sure why exactly, but I put off reading it for years--at first because I wanted to save it for myself as a treat, then (as as I became less interested in more stylized writing over the last few years) because I was worried it would be full of interesting things but dry and overwritten. Both of those impressions are true: there are lots of interesting ideas in this book, moments of extreme strangeness, and lots beautiful writing, [...]


    11. The writing was beautiful: a really perfect ode to pagan sensuality and feral strangeness. For Phosphor, corporeality turns into pure meaning and intention:Now that Phosphor was both dreamingand embracing a dreamer,the world became a poem--that is to say, he no longer saw himself as one who translates the real into poetry, but one who transcribes the poetry of the real. "The universe," he whispered to his beloved in her embrace, "is a poem of love. The stars themselves are voluptuous inscription [...]


    12. A novel with quite a bit going on, Ducornet's Phosphor in Dreamland is, in some sense, the creation of a world without God, that is, a religious deity; however, there is still a powerful, mechanistic force underlying "Birdland," the island Ducornet creates and whose history the narrator details. This force is a sort of eroticism and sensuality. Significant attention is given to the island's animal and plant life so as to draw one into this world, and yet, in the foreground, is human sexuality. T [...]


    13. Eloquent language beautifully assembled in the form of a letter of sorts to a friend for the telling of a fairy tale/history of the life and demise of a lovelorn inventor turned poet. This my second of Ducornet's novels, the first being 'Netsuke'. It bears mentioning that the two works share no commonalities in terms of style or focus. One would likely be hard-pressed to identify the author's "stamp" within these works. The fact that these two works are so dissimilar and yet so perfectly enjoyab [...]



    14. Full of beautiful writing and 17th Century sleaze. This book is essentially two things: a survey of the fictional island Birdland in a mode that derives from Gulliver's Travels but with (a bit) more realism, and a constrained stage for a group of grotesques and eccentrics to bounce off one another. (Fogginius, a "turd"-obsessed holy quack, and bewigged thug Yahoo Clay are two of my favorites.) The framing conceit, that the book is a series of letters from a native of Birdland to an old friend, a [...]


    15. Tiresomely formulaic work of late postmodernism. Found documents, divided narrators, echoes of famous sources (Cervantes, Swift), faux-scholarly footnotes, parodies of Enlightenment encyclopedism, clashes between purportedly incommensurable worldviews, etc. All these ingredients could have made an interesting casserole, but instead the taste is relentlessly jaunty, forced, exclamatory and tedious. I've never read a Terry Pratchett novel because I get the impression it would be like this. It's no [...]


    16. one of the most magical stories i have ever readwould make neil gaiman give up writingdly erotic, extremely funny and touchingly beautiful, i found this at a free book table at Penn State and fell immediately in love



    17. Another re-reading. I need some mad alchemy in my life, stat. Returning to it this time, it's not the same. Maybe I'm jaded.


    18. i do not think i will pick up books at random, figuring at least it is short, what can i lose? a few hours i will never get back. and i like angela carter.


    19. Honestly, I didn't even finish this book--and that's saying something. Seventy pages into it, I just gave up. What are ya gonna do?


    20. 1st from ducornet for mei think. oops, 2nd from ducornet for me. read The Jade Cabinet. read this one 4-10 apr 16. ummma bit of a comic fantasy, some of this, some of that. good read. for what it's worth, i enjoyed this one more than the 1st. hi ho.





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