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Free download ñ This Magnificent Desolation 107 ß ➽ [Download] ➺ This Magnificent Desolation By Thomas OMalley ➸ – Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota Aged ten in 1980 he has no memories of his life before Mysterious adult world Duncan finds comfort in an ancient radio from which tumble the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home and dreams of finding his real fatherA heart breaking staggering soaring novel This Magnificent Desolation allows a child's perspective to illuminate a dark world and explores the creeping devastation of war the many facets of loneliness the redemptive power of the imagination and the possibility of a kind of grac. This book contains some spoilersThe book opens with the statement which would have been read by President Nixon in the event of a catastrophic failure in the Apollo 11 moon landing which would have left Aldrin and Armstrong on the moon's surface and Collins circling above The book's title is a uotation from Buzz Aldrin's description of the lunar landscapeThe young hero Duncan is obsessed with space travel and the story told him by a dying friend that the Apollo 11 mission was a failure and that the astronauts were left on the moon There are obvious similarities with Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart Both books use the symbolism of space travel to portray the isolation of human beings in this case stuck like Collins in an unending orbit looking down at the world The difference between the novels is that whilst Murakami's writing style is lean and sparse O'Malley's is poetic and lyrical to a degree that it sometimes gets in the way of the story But the plot is not the driver of the book instead the focus is on young Duncan and his relationship with his mother and her boyfriend Joshua This is not a magic realism book in the sense of Latin American magic realism There is magic but its roots are Duncan's strange upbringing in the Capuchin monastery where he spends his childhood compounded by the fact that Duncan cannot remember anything from the first ten years of his life apart from his birth which he believes he can remember clearly and during which he believes he heard God talking to him He listens to the radio at night and hears the voices of the astronauts who would have died years earlier Joshua and he encounter an angel who has a job as a cook at a diner But angels in O'Malley's bleak world are not benevolent they carry people into the air and drop them This approach to magic realism is an interesting one it is used to portray the psychology of the leading characters Unfortunately because of the desolation of the protagonists' stories Maggie and Joshua are unable to break out of their orbits the portrayal by magic realism does not go as far as it might But the book is not completely bleak There is genuine love between the three main characters even if Joshua cannot break from the Vietnam service induced self destruction and Maggie is an alcoholic Maggie and Duncan find some hope in religion Maggie finds hope through music too and Duncan understands that When the song ends many are bright faced looking at one another and laughing and Maggie is laughing also with joy and happiness and finally Duncan likes to believe some manner of redemptionI received this book from Netgalley in return for an unbiased reviewThis review first appeared on

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Day she turns up to claim him Maggie Bright a soprano who was once the talent of her generation now sings in a San Francisco bar through a haze of whisky cut with sharp regret She often finishes up in the arms of Joshua McGreevey a Vietnam vet who earns his living as part of a tunneling crew seventy feet beneath the Bay He smells of sea silt and loam as if he has been dredged from the deep bottom of the world and his wounds run deep tooThrown into this. 25This was beautifully written slow paced and character driven which I normally like but I guess the timing happy sunny holidays and the setting 1980s poor America just weren't uite right for me The characters didn't click with me and the many spelling mistakes weren't easy to overlook And please just USE UOTATION MARKS PLEASE So done with books trying to be special with their lines and and names and dots as dialog markers Anyhow it was so beautifully written that I want to revisit it at a better time to see if it can get the love it probably deserves

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This Magnificent DesolationDuncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota Aged This Magnificent eBook #208 ten in he has no memories of his life before now but he has stories that he recites like prayers the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose Duncan is sure that his mother is dead until the. Thomas O’Malley is the author of In the Province of Saints which was selected as one of the best books of 2005 by Booklist From what I can tell he did not write another novel until this one in 2013 Am sure his Dartmouth College teaching job kept him busyNetgalley recently updated their site and suddenly I found this book on my newly created ‘Older than 3 months’ To Read shelf – which I apparently downloaded in February 2013 I had no idea – don't remember getting it In any case I decided to fulfill my obligation to the publisher and read the book Unfortunately I made it only through 150 pages and lost interest due to lengthy descriptions unending despair and not being able to click into the story