Thursday, August 06, 2009

Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal

Sean Dixon's Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal concerns the Lacuna Cabal, a book club consisting of a group of odd performance artists. There club had a series of peculiar experiences in recreating books, but things get really strange when they start to read the Epic of Gilgamesh, off clay tablets naturally. The book starts just as the war in Iraq is kicking off and with a book that comes from Mesopotamia, you can probably guess there will be a connection.

The book club consists of a set of quirky misfits, some of whom are alpha misfits that dominate the rest. At times they felt a bit overly quirky, to the point of distraction, but I thought they worked reasonably well.

The book is decidedly post-modern, with narrators speaking with the readers strange footnotes and a purposeful confusion of what is happening. It reminded me a bit of the House of Leaves in this way, although it did not make me want to throw it across the room as that one did.

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