Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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Book - 2014
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From Dave Eggers, best-selling author of The Circle , a tightly controlled, emotionally searching novel. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is the formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how.
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In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn't want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn't answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions.
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf ; [San Francisco] : McSweeney's Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101874196
1101874198
Branch Call Number: EGGERS
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 23 cm

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JP_Wright
Sep 25, 2015

This is a very creatively written book about an emotionally disturbed man, Thomas, who wrestles with a variety of life’s questions. Things don’t seem to add up to Thomas. Life has many unfair and puzzling outcomes so Thomas decided to kidnap an Astronaut, a former congressman, a police officer, and a few other people to ask them these questions. The dialogue is very real and quite heartfelt. This book is written more like a play and I can understand if it bothers some people. I personally didn’t have any issues with that. I do think the story is pretty short and would have liked to see a longer story but I really enjoyed reading this book.

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uncommonreader
Apr 27, 2015

Unusually, this book is all dialogue and Eggers mostly succeeds in distinguishing the different voices. The people the narrator kidnaps in an attempt to make sense of the world by asking them questions each represents some problem with contemporary America. The book is not entirely successful but is nonetheless interesting.

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mexicanadiense
Dec 28, 2014

An ambitious project saddled by an unfortunately obtuse title. Some might find the format
(all dialogue) off-putting, but once you commit it's worth it. I also think it could be adapted into a pretty cracking radio play.

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looper46
Jul 16, 2014

the book is well written, a strange story of a "man-boy" not really sure how to exist in this world. "thomas" kidnaps various people, an astronaut, or rather a man who wanted to be one, a congressman, his mother and others. He is crazy as a fruit-fly, and his ramblings get madder as the book goes on.

Eggers can sometimes be weird, but this book shows how somebody gets from weirdness to shooting up a school. Its a different read.

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