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The Resurrectionist de Jack O'Connell
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The Resurrectionist (edició 2009)

de Jack O'Connell

Sèrie: Quinsigamond (5)

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

Gritty noir fiction, mind-bending fantasy, and medical thriller combine in a new novel by an author dubbed the "cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett."

Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

Gradually, Sweeney realizes that the cure for his son??s condition may lie in ??Limbo,? a fantasy comic-book world into which Danny had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that surrounds the clinic, Sweeney searches for answers and instead finds sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of mystery.

Full of puzzles and surprises, Resurrectionist is a surreal, gothic meditation on identity, the nature of consciousness, the power of stories, love, mad scientists, circus freaks, and ultimately forgiveness??both giving and rec… (més)

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Títol:The Resurrectionist
Autors:Jack O'Connell
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This is the weirdest of the 5 (so far) books in the Quinsigamond series and that is saying something. Sweeney is a man on the edge. Unable to cope with the guilt of not being there when his son Danny's accident occurred he will do anything to try and restore Danny from the coma he's been in ever since. That's all he lives for so when an opening appears at the renowned Peck clinic in Quinsigamond, Sweeney applies and is granted a place for his son amongst the patients. He is also taken on as a pharmacist within the clinic itself. Events don't transpire exactly as he's hoped and soon find Sweeney enmeshed with a biker group that's also made it's way to the rust-belt factory town who have plans of their own for Sweeney and Danny. Which way will Sweeney eventually lean? Who can he trust to do the right thing for his son?

Interjected within this story we are also treated to excerpts from Danny's favourite comic book, Limbo, which is about a troupe of freaks forced to flee from their circus home and follow the mystical instructions given to the chicken boy when he enters into Limbo while in the grip of a seizure. While fleeing a mad doctor they're trying to re-unite chicken boy with his long lost father believed to be on the far shores of Gehenna. I did mention that this book was weird, right?

The two narratives eventually join up to form a whole that speculates on consciousness and where we go when that is lost and the feelings of guilt and rage of those that get left behind. It also takes a look at how stories can have an effect on people's lives and not always for the betterment thereof. This book will not be everyone's cup of tea, the characters in the main are mostly unlikeable, there's quite a mishmash of elements in the storytelling linking gothic and noirish mystery that will not sit well with everyone. But for me, because I've enjoyed the previous work of the author it seems to have built nicely to this. I wouldn't recommend this as a first experience of his work though but I found it quite compelling. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Dec 31, 2012 |
This is a strange story that weaves together two plot lines: a father brings his comatose son to a mysterious clinic in a truly horrendous Rust Belt town in the hope of a cure, while a band of circus freaks try to escape their nemesis in a comic-book adventure that the boy used to love. Unfortunately, the story never quite gelled for me into a world I could fully believe in or characters I could fully commit to. ( )
  sturlington | Aug 20, 2011 |
While I found the book well written, I had problems with it. I was never convinced by the Goldfaden Freaks as a comic series for children, or that parents would let their children become involved in reading such a thing. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I just couldn't buy the premise. Also, it was huge mistake for me to read this on a personal level because my husband was in a coma for a protracted period (yes, he woke up, thanks, he's fine) so I spent a lot of time with him and other coma patients, and so much of what was in here struck me as pure bullshit. Interesting, and perhaps how a writer might imagine it to be, but it didn't resonate for at least one person who's actually been through it. ( )
  Philotera | Apr 25, 2011 |
O'Connell's best, most consistent book. ( )
  trif | Mar 2, 2011 |
The Resurrectionist is a mind-warping surrealist look at where coma victims disappear to during their perpetual slumbering. The Peck clinic is famous for its ability to treat and awaken comatose individuals. With mysterious techniques it has woken two people in the past, and Sweeney is fervently praying for a 3rd; his young son. Meanwhile the Goldfaden Freaks, a hodgepodge of physically anomalous individuals who make up a circus sideshow, have abandoned their employers to voyage across the country.

You would think these two plots would have little to do with one another, right? You'd be surprised.

The two stories, while worlds apart, share many parallels that remain frustratingly vague, which I believe allows the reader to draw their own connections and conclusions. The book a golem to be molded by the reader, the ending isn't entirely resolute and many aspects of the story remains obscure, but it was the journey that was most important. I'm still unsure about much of the happenings within the story, yet I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.

A strange book, but an enjoyable one! ( )
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

Gritty noir fiction, mind-bending fantasy, and medical thriller combine in a new novel by an author dubbed the "cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett."

Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

Gradually, Sweeney realizes that the cure for his son??s condition may lie in ??Limbo,? a fantasy comic-book world into which Danny had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that surrounds the clinic, Sweeney searches for answers and instead finds sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of mystery.

Full of puzzles and surprises, Resurrectionist is a surreal, gothic meditation on identity, the nature of consciousness, the power of stories, love, mad scientists, circus freaks, and ultimately forgiveness??both giving and rec

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