their first successful leaf, twirling in the Cavern darkness, had led to this--this pale, lentil body turning in his mind's dark. This scapular profile, these tow-line braids. Her hips fell somewhere on the Limaçon of Pascal. The squares of her breasts' abscissas and ordinates summed to an integer. This was the math of women, a field he'd given up studying, female equations whose complexities had long ago surpassed his ability to differentiate.Powers's lush language corresponds to Adie's vision of Rousseau's jungle, and in turn to Rousseau's own ecstatic vision. Yet there is also something elegiac in the author's lavish descriptions of the Cavern's miracles, as if he were offering a late, last flowering of words before the cultural ascendancy of the image. Great, quotable chunks weight every page. Even readers fond of extravagant prose may find Powers's verbal persistence wearying, though it argues that there are still contradictions and subtleties of mind that no image can track. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An outline of this book would be riveting. It's basic framework is smart and has a great deal of potential, but then the writing undoes it all. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Robert Bartlett
Who's kidding who?! This book was horrible! I couldn't finish it -- as much as I wanted to. It was boring and repetitive. The story dragged worse than T. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2001 by Bob L.
"Plowing the Dark" is a beacon - a magnum opus with a deep thought-provoking meassage. The prose is beyond poetry. It is pure music, music of the spheres, rising lowering. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2001
This most remarkable literary duet tells at one time the story of the evolution of Adie Klarpol from discouraged commercial artist to inspired cyber-expresionist, and the... Read morePublished on July 28 2001 by Hank Schwartz
This novel was one big disappointment. The author, who clearly has a background in computer programming and games, has tried to rise above this background into the realm of novel... Read morePublished on July 11 2001
Considering its subject matter, there is something grimly appropriate in the book's tortured and tangled figures of speech, and its often maddening techno-jargon. Read morePublished on April 20 2001 by James Maloon
This book does everything a novel should do: it transports you to a world with characters you care about, challenges your intellect, plays on your heart strings, and leaves you... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by This Girl
The novel is set in the late 1980's and early 90's, and has as its backdrop the astonishing worldwide events of those years--the Berlin Wall, Tianneman Square, etc. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2000 by Russ Mayes
This book was difficult to read. I kept running into words I had never heard. I tried looking them up, many of them were not in my small dictionary. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000 by Colleen Davenport