eBook Aurorarama download

by Jean-Christophe Valtat

eBook Aurorarama download ISBN: 1935554131
Author: Jean-Christophe Valtat
Publisher: Melville House (August 31, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 416
ePub: 1871 kb
Fb2: 1136 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

I'm done with Jean-Christophe Valtat’s deleriously literary steampunk adventure Aurorarama.

I'm done with Jean-Christophe Valtat’s deleriously literary steampunk adventure Aurorarama. It’s a book brimming with ideas and wit; a fully realised alternate history of the arctic city of New Venice, 1908.

Jean-Christophe Valtat rds or actions. The G. D. Neophyte Obligation It was not Plaster Easter yet-with its early spring procession of clumsy, unlucky skaters-but the casualty. Ward at the Kane Clinic was teeming with more people that it could reasonably contain.

Jean-Christophe Valtat was educated at the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. Aurorarama is his first book written in English. Valtat also wrote and co-directed the movie, Augustine. He is the author of three acclaimed books of literary fiction: Album, a collection of short stories, and the novels Exes and O3, the last of which was recently translated into English and published in the United States by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Aurorarama: A Novel The Mysteries of New Venice.

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by Jean-Christophe Valtat. New Venice is as magnetic as the North Pole it circles: a city state, part fevered fin-de-siecle party, part political tinder-box - an exiled utopia, and an iced-over pressure cooker. This is an overwhelming blizzard of a book, battering the reader with the delirious logic of dreams and the baroque architecture of its prose, blasting you with crisis upon crisis - those of the heart, of the state, of society, of reality itself. Find similar books Profile.

Jean-Christophe Valtat, born 1968, is a French writer and teacher. He was educated at École Normale Supérieure and the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. Valtat also wrote and co-directed the movie Augustine.

A startling, seductive literary novel that entwines suspense, science fiction, adventure, romance and history into an intoxicating new genre.1908: New Venice--"the pearl of the Arctic"--a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate carriage-sleds and elegant victorian garb, of long nights and vistas of ice.But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like qaartsiluni, "the time when something is about to explode in the dark." Local "poletics" are wracked by tensions with the Eskimos circling the city, with suffragette riots led by an underground music star, with drug round-ups by the secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night. An ominous black airship hovers over the city, and the Gentlemen are hunting for the author of a radical pamphlet calling for revolt.Their lead suspect is Brentford Orsini, one of the city's most prominent figures. But as the Gentlemen of the Night tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a mysterious message from a long-lost love that compels him to act.What transpires is a literary adventure novel unlike anything you've ever read before. Brilliant in its conception, masterful in its prose, thrilling in its plot twists, and laced with humor, suspense, and intelligence, it marks the beginning of a great new series of books set in New Venice-and the launch of an astonishing new writer.
Comments: (7)
I wanted to like this book--it has a great premise and a lot of potentially good world-building in it. But for me it never gelled. The book was marketed as steam-punk, but it is really only steampunk in the more technological and location sense--it's 1908 and this Arctic metropolis exists and there are all these problems and mysteries and pneumatic tubes and sleds. But for the most part Valtat doesn't build a convincing or compelling picture of this world: his New Venice of 1908 normally looks more like some Euro-cosmopolis in 2008: rave scenesters doing psychedelics to frozen trance music; some vague sense of millenial anarchism; Eskimos being inscrutable; etc. Lots of boring ingestion of drugs, mediocre dialogue; characters I found flat and boring, with 2 largely undifferentiated protagonists. I don't normally worry about books being "relatable," which is a useless criterion, but I often found myself asking "who does Valtat think his audience is?" Why should we care? I'm not inclined to read the next installment of this series.
Aurorarama has so many reading levels that it has fulfilled all the desires of the multiple reader in me.

On the political side, Aurorarama belongs to the fruitful genre of utopias---fruitful, in the sense that the exoticism of the scenery helps you reflecting about your own experience. To be more precise, even though the story takes place in 1908, many of the lessons of the twentieth century are on the operating table. As in a laboratory, we lean over guinea-pig characters and follow their efforts to tackle issues such as polar post-colonialism (with tragicomic, vivid eskimo scenes), sustainable development (by 80° north), pervasive police (all the more chilling that they are exquisitely polite), or "hedonistic fascism" (with hype music bands and hyper-protective surgeons working for the ruling power)...

Aurorarama has also delighted the fiction-lover in me, by intertwinning an otherwise straightforward tale with shamanic trances, spiritual journeys to the pole, uncanny hallucinatory descriptions or dream restranscriptions. Without being ever tedious in his psychological forays, the author manages to usher the reader into the most secret recess of the characters. By the end of the book, the main characters have become old acquaintances whom you leave regretfully.

Eventually, the novel brims with wit. The numerous dialogues are swift, even during dramatic showdowns. They give to the whole novel an effervescent pace, page after page.

Enchanted scenery, instructive background, enthralling story, wealthy language and witty dialogues: five well-deserved stars.
A beautifully written book, in a gorgeous world, but the characterization did not appeal.
I really wanted to like this book. There is so much potential here!! However, I couldn't get past the feeling that I was reading a second or third book in a series where you're supposed to already know a good bit about what is happening and who particular characters are. There are many moments when reading this where you will be moving right along and then something happens and you are rendered completely confused. You'll go back a few chapters thinking you've missed something important, but, no, you didn't miss anything at all. That, and the editing job on this book is HORRIBLE! There are far too many sentences in this book where words have either been clearly left out or words have clearly been added.

All that being said, I honestly think that if you give this book a try you'll somehow manage to actually enjoy it despite frequent moments of utter confusion.
What a mad journey. Morals, mad characters, la belle epoque set in a fictions world, magic, rebels, indigenous people, set in a cold, cold world of snow and ice!
Perhaps it is not my type of book,I find it hard to rate it at all. The three stars are for the author who has done a great work in producing it. wanders on from amazing ediface to futuristic buildings in great quantities, I liked the crystal city, did not get close to any of the people, did not hear much about the Aurora and what causes it and its colours.If you have the time , it has a strange purpose of its own, didnt lead me anywhere. I had the time so finished it, wouldnt be able to repeat it as a good read. Jim Harrison
Absorbing the words contained in this book was a way I chose to pass some time. Before giving up, realizing I could go no further. Seriously, what made me buy this?
Years ago, now, I was given a copy by the author. I'd read a good part of it in a pre-release that came to the literary agency where I worked. The agent much disliked it. I liked it very much. The author heard me say this a year or so later and gifted me with a hardcover copy.
But I was enchanted with the complex language that built the backstory out of the very words the characters used.
Re-reading ti today, I'm still so enchanted. It swirls, and gleams like ice storms and sundogs.
And I hadn't realized he's published more... happy I am to go and get the second.