The People of Paper

The People of Paper

Book - 2005
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The People of Paper reveals the ever-elusive prophesies of the Shandean Baby Nostradamus and the approximate temperature and incendiary potential of halos. Herein disillusioned and AWOL saints reclaim their crowns and fight purses, while a gang of flower pickers go off to war, led by a lonely man who can not help but wet his bed in sadness. Part memoir, part lies, this is a story about loving a woman made of paper.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's Books, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781932416213
1932416218
Characteristics: 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Persnickety77
Dec 01, 2014

It's more magical realism than Sci Fi.
Roughly, it's about a man writing a book while going through a devastating break up, and the book characters rebel against him.
It has best depiction of heart break i've ever read. or at least the version i've related to most. A beautiful, clever, and sad book

brianreynolds May 12, 2012

The first hundred pages of The People of Paper were not particularly reader-friendly. In fact, much of that first half of the book was downright reader-unfriendly. It was clever. And original. (I think you'd expect that from the title, and the title didn't disappoint.) The writing was pretty clear. A revolution of some sort was going on. There was a great, if sometimes comic and frankly quite obscure and, yes, at times touching sadness that permeated everything. Aside from that, well, I kept plodding on telling myself at least this isn't another Eat, Pray, Love sort of whine. This is fiction and there's plot and characters spilling out all over the place, after all. But something happened. And I don't want give away what that was. But it was a thunderbolt that made sense of everything. I understood the reason for the revolt and the reason for the sadness. It was a revolt I had once participated in and a sadness I had felt. It was one of those chapters that can both genuinely surprise and deeply move a person. And then I started to believe this was the EPL that should have been written by Gilbert. But as Salvador Plascencia's POP dragged on and the sadness became maudlin and the outcome of the revolution became inevitable. I think in the end, though it was ever so much more entertaining, a fireworks display in fact, nevertheless it was not all that different than a very long, very self-indulgent whine. Of course, that can be a plot. A good one. And this is a good, if difficult and sometimes disappointing, book, one which I would recommend to brave and adventuresome readers.

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