- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial US; Reprint edition (Jan. 6 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380806576
- ISBN-13: 978-0380806577
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,638,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Veronica Paperback – Jan 6 2000
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"Hip, sexy...superbly lyrical...A novel which anything can happen." -- The New York Times Book Review
"The hard-boiled detective novel meets the Tibetan Book of the Dead...Veronica is a dramatic literary achievement unlike anything else in contemporary American fiction." -- Edward Hirsch, National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning author of Earthly Measures
About the Author
NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER's other novels are The Soloist and A Trip to the Stars, to be published in 2000. He is also the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Atomic Field: Two Poems and a book about film noir, Somewhere in the Night. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, The New Republic, and The Paris Review. He has received numerous awards and fellowships from organizations including the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. He lives in New York City.
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Leo, our hero, stumbles across the eponymous title character in New York City on a winter night. He quickly finds himself involved in an illusion of magicians, with blind Japanese courtesans, identical twins, and secret societies. He, of course, falls in love, but things are not so cut and dried as to be predictable.
Christopher is an accomplished poet, and Veronica is his second novel, the first from a major press. On a sentence by sentence level, I can hardly fault him, but he does not have as sure a hand when it comes to plotting. After a great start, the book bogs in the middle as the coincidences and conspiracies add up, and then it's an all-out sprint to the grand climax. I liked it, but that's because it punched several of my pleasure buttons. I would hesitate to recommend it to strangers without asking them about their literary preferences.
Couldn't have said it better. This is one of those books that I could not put down. "gmesa" (another reviewer) commented that it left them "feeling oddly cold despite the wonder". I can easily understand that reaction. Read on ...
Every chapter in this book left me feeling as though I was remembering a dream, (which can leave one feeling oddly detached, as though standing outside of one's self and watching) and left me trying to recall all the details and understand the meaning of what it was I had just seen. I suppose that's what happens when you get a novel by a poet. I like it. Alot.
This is one of those books where you are quite happy to suspend disbelief as you find yourself at the unlikely spot in Manhattan "... where Waverly Place intersects Waverly Place ..." and go along for the ride.
If you're so inclined, there is an extensive bibliography that makes for some very "curious" late night reading, if you can find all of the titles. Under the general heading of "Wayne-san's Trivia", the term Feng Shui entered my vocabulary when I read this book. I don't recall what, if any, Feng Shui title is in the bibliography, but a must-have title is "Feng-Shui: The Ancient Wisdom of Harmonious Living for Modern Times" by Eva Wong. (ISBN: 1570621004). You'll find no author with better credentials in the art (but if you do, e-mail me), and her accounts of apprenticing to her uncle will give you some insight that there is more to Feng Shui then deciding where to put the sofa. Pay attention to "Veronica", and you'll understand why I mention this ...
I've read, re-read, and given this as a gift. That's the best recommendation I can give any book. Enjoy.
This book is unique, and not a complete waste of time, but I wouldn't recommend it. Some surprises, as well as a stronger love story, would have improved it greatly.
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