Johnson, Denis

Book - 1995
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Hailed by the New York Times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young Herman Melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, 'The Wasteland,' Fahrenheit 451, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones," Fiskadoro is a stunning novel of an all-too-possible tomorrow. Deeply moving and provacative, Fiskadoro brilliantly presents the sweeping and heartbreaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1995
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
ISBN: 9780060976095
Branch Call Number: SF JOHNSON
Characteristics: 221 p. ;,21 cm


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He was afraid he'd find something here at the Ocean's edge one day, a lump of something he couldn't make out. He'd go closer and see that it was a man, closer and see that the man was dead, closer and see that the dead man was Jimmy, his father. He didn't like to think about it. He was frightened even of his own name, Fish-Man, Harpooner, because it suggested some prior arrangement with the hungry sea.


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