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Vollmann is a young, ambitious writer who dares to be boring as well as to shock. Often, he does both. This collection of short stories shows him at his concise best. Themed to the colors of the rainbow, plus black, white, and the entire spectrum, it takes us to ancient Babylon and India but mostly the streets, parks, and morgue of San Francisco. The characters are whores, skinheads, x-ray patients, a bag person/serial killer, fetishists and other lost souls. With lovely, precise prose, Vollmann tracks the stinging ache of loneliness and desire, the depths of modern horror, and all of it laced with a bone-dry, bitter humor.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   making "Ends Meat" by prostitution Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Main char. serviced by prostitute?    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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