Hardcover in glascine d/j, good condition, very minor wear to top of glascine, ribbon book-mark intact, 264pp. As with previous Thomson novels, expect the unexpected. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: One spring day in Amsterdam a young man sets out to buy some cigarettes, unaware that he is about to be kidnapped by three strangers who will imprison him in a mysterious white room, and he will be marked forever. From the author of SOFT, DREAMS OF LEAVING and THE FIVE GATES OF HELL.
Review: Rupert Thomson has a reputation as something of a cult novelist: his earlier books have garnered increasing respect and acclaim without ever really propelling him into authorship's Premier League. His previous novel Soft marked an upswing in terms of recognition, and it would be a shame if The Book Of Revelation, his sixth and latest, didn't succeed in augmenting his reputation further, for it is both psychologically and formally daring in a precise and intelligent manner.
The narrator of the book is a dancer living in Amsterdam. One day he goes out to buy some cigarettes for his girlfriend--also a dancer--and is kidnapped and held for a period of time before being released. Although Thomson's book is not as plot-dependent as a thriller, for example, it would be unfair to give away too much, simply because the force of each development in the book and the response of the reader are part of the strength and psychological sharpness of the novel and its emotional geography, which is comparable to the narrator's own mental map of the city:
"There was a sense in which the city had been trying to tell me something all along. You'll never solve this case. You might as well forget it. But I had not been listening, of course. Look at the map. It's all there, in a way. The whole story".At a time when so many writers are obsessed with trauma--particularly child-abuse and its psychological legacy--Thomson chooses to explore the concept through an event that is both more and less sensational. The narrator undergoes an ordeal that, given its aura of artifice and ritual, might find its literary parallel in, for example, The Story of O, but the book also distances the reader from the traumatic events by switching from first to third person narration--a simple device that complicates and deepens the effect of the book as a whole. This shift in narrative position suggests both a complex questioning of and reference to certain literary tropes of confinement and abuse as well as directing the reader to reflect on the psychological distancing perhaps necessary to deal with the trauma.
Charting the narrator's attempt to live with the ineradicable legacy of what he has experienced, his revelations are compellingly and acutely delineated: Thomson's strange, disturbing tale asks profound questions about the burden of the past, especially of past events that set one apart from others rather than providing a shared, communal retrospection: how do we relate to others when we have experienced events that defy rationality, explanation or resolution? --Burhan Tufail
Title: The Book of Revelation
Publisher: London, Bloomsbury, 1999. 1st Edition.
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 19/08/1999, 1999. Book Condition: used-good. GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780747544395
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001909864
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL ITEMS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000801756
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001583493
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 19/08/1999, 1999. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780747544395
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 19/08/1999, 1999. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780747544395
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Slight shelfwear to the dust jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005621433
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003394774
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002700006
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in 1999. Hardcover, 220 pages. The book has been read and is in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 21240