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Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? : a novel /

by Eggers, Dave [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf/McSweeney's Books, 2014Edition: First edition.Description: 212 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1101874198 (hbk.) :; 9781101874196 (hbk.).Title notes: $25.95 7-2014 (db)Subject(s): Hostages -- Fiction | Questioning -- Fiction | Mentally ill -- Fiction | Imaginary conversations | Pacific Coast (U.S.) -- FictionSummary: 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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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.<br> <br> 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.<br>

$25.95 7-2014 (db)

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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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">BUILDING 52 --I did it. You're really here. An astronaut. Jesus. --Who's that? --You probably have a headache. From the chloroform. --What? Where am I? Where is this place? Who the fuck are you? --You don't recognize me? --What? No. What is this? --That? It's a chain. It's attached to that post. Don't pull on it. --Holy shit. Holy shit. --I said don't pull on it. And I have to tell you right away how sorry I am that you're here under these circumstances. --Who are you? --We know each other, Kev. From way back. And I didn't want to bring you here like this. I mean, I'd rather just grab a beer with you sometime, but you didn't answer any of my letters and then I saw you were coming through town so-- Really, don't yank on that. You'll mess up your leg. --Why the fuck am I here? --You're here because I brought you here. --You did this? You have me chained to a post? --Isn't that thing great? I don't know if you'd call it a post. Whatever it is, it's incredibly strong. This place came with them. This was a military base... Excerpted from Your Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Library Journal Review

Those who are determined to tackle Eggers's new novel would do well to choose the audio version. The story of Thomas, a disillusioned young man who kidnaps a series of people and holds them captive at an abandoned military base, is told entirely via a question-and-answer dialog between Thomas and his captives and is performed here by a well-cast group of audiobook narrators, including MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Lowman. However, even listening to talented readers perform the book subjects the listener to the same unpleasant, often boring experience of captivity that Thomas's captives are suffering. Verdict Even when answers to the central mystery about which Thomas is questioning everyone are made clear, what remains pointedly unclear is exactly why Eggers has decided to hold his readers hostage in this unpleasant way. There is an argument to be made that this speaks to the effectiveness of the book, but, ultimately, the book doesn't offer much of a payoff, and the most interesting question it raises might be: Why would anyone want to listen to a book like this? ["A quick read, part psychological thriller, part political screed, this novel poses important questions but offers frustratingly few answers," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 6/15/14.]-Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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