Pym: A Novel

Pym: A Novel

Mat Johnson


“THE SHARPEST AND most unique tale I learn final 12 months . . . [Mat] Johnson’s satirical imaginative and prescient roves as freely as Kurt Vonnegut’s and is coloured with an analogous kind of passionate humanitarianism.”—Maud Newton, New York instances Magazine

NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of The Washington put up • Vanity reasonable • Houston Chronicle • The Seattle occasions • Salon • National Post The A.V. Club
 
Recently canned professor of yankee literature Chris Jaynes has simply made a startling discovery: the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that confirms the truth of Edgar Allan Poe’s unusual and in simple terms novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. made up our minds to find Tsalal, the distant island of natural and utter blackness that Poe describes, Jaynes convenes an all-black group of six to keep on with Pym’s path to the South Pole, armed with little however the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring story, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack tarts. therefore starts an epic trip by means of an not going band of adventurers less than the permafrost of Antarctica, underneath the outside of yankee historical past, and in the back of one in every of literature’s nice mysteries.
 
“Outrageously pleasing, [Pym] brilliantly re-imagines and extends Edgar Allan Poe’s enigmatic and unsettling Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. . . . half social satire, half meditation on race in the United States, half metafiction and, simply as very important, a rollicking myth event . . . akin to Philip Roth in its doubtless easy mix of the intense, comedian and fantastic.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“Blisteringly funny.”—Laura Miller, Salon

“Relentlessly entertaining.”—The ny instances booklet Review

“Imagine Kurt Vonnegut having a lager with Ralph Ellison and Jules Verne.”—Vanity Fair

“Screamingly humorous . . . examining Pym is like starting an incredible can of whoop-ass after which marveling—gleefully—at the entire mayhem that ensues.”—Houston Chronicle

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