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Fiction. VERA & LINUS is a series of short sketches. The book's theme is the love between the two protagonists, Vera and Linus. They are mischief makers and tricksters of the most daring sort, and they are constantly up to no good, but the language holds them with a clear restraint, a restraint born perhaps out of the peculiar nature of their love, a love both for eachFiction. VERA & LINUS is a series of short sketches. The book's theme is the love between the two protagonists, Vera and Linus. They are mischief makers and tricksters of the most daring sort, and they are constantly up to no good, but the language holds them with a clear restraint, a restraint born perhaps out of the peculiar nature of their love, a love both for each other and the things of the world. Their mastery, and shifting natures allow them to compel the workaday world as they see it, but not to rule over each other, and so their game begins, as Vera struggles to outwit Linus, and Linus to outwit Vera....

Title : Vera & Linus
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ISBN : 9789979971566
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 228 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Vera & Linus Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-04-03 06:34

    Jesse Ball has taken a lead in the list of authors I most enjoy, though I would not be compelled to tell everyone his work is somehow historically unprecedented or of a timeless, untouchable quality. I feel this same way about Haruki Murakami, who has a similar surreality to his novels, and who has (unlike Jesse Ball, as far as I know) been challenged in Japan as being a writer of popular, disposable fiction, rather than a contributor to a culturally pertinent dialogue that deserves recognition and preservation as such. Ultimately, I can understand someone not finding Jesse Ball, or Haruki Murakami enjoyable to read, as I don't believe they address any kind of universal topics or answer any important questions about the world in any direct sense. I just find their styles and characters compelling. Vera and Linus has a kind of magic to it, and reads almost like a fairy tale so is, in that sense, out of time or timeless. With this in mind, it must be mentioned that Thórdís Björnsdóttir, from Iceland (who, according to Wikipedia is Jesse Ball's wife), wrote the book with him. Creative page-numbering indicates who wrote which passages, and there is little difference between the two styles. Yet, this magical quality is present in Ball's other novels "The Way Through Doors" and "Samedi the Deafness," so the quality cannot be wholly attributed to Björnsdóttir's co-authorship. Vera and Linus is darker than Ball's other work, however, and this could be the result of Björnsdóttir's style, or perhaps just the mood of the work. Regardless, it is a collection of prose pieces, disparate, but connected by character and theme. It could perhaps be described as various glimpses of the lives of Vera and Linus, which are not recognizably linear or continuous. They are also like fairy tales in the lack of description around details that do not make sense, but are presented as everyday occurrences: They plant a child's heart in the ground, talk to trees and other inanimate objects, etc. This is what I find so engrossing and magical about this book. It also is beautifully poetic, being imagistic and linguistically interesting, rather than being plot, or thematically driven. I found myself reading completely nonsensical passages, smiling, and nodding, "yes, wonderful, what does that even mean, very beautiful, I can't wait to read on." I had a similar experience with Jesse Ball's novels, which are plot driven, but almost dissolve around you as you read them, ending in ways I hear people who don't like more artistic films, criticize all the time; without resolving a continual storyline, without wrapping up finely combed-out details you have been hoping to see blossom by film's/novel's end. He has this magical way of constructing characters, settings and plots that are eerily absent of details, but full and compelling in their entirety. In fact, I read through his novels as quickly as I could, being drawn into them completely and seduced in a way I had not experienced in a long while. They are magic, seriously. Vera and Linus, though not the same as reading through one of Jesse Ball's novels, was captivating and magical as well. There is a something old and very deep within the book, which would not be wholly incomparable to the Icelandic sagas, the Grimm fairy tales, or perhaps even the Finnish Kalevala. I would say if one likes these, they would love Vera and Linus, as would many poetry lovers, and I am sure the odd surprised casual reader looking for a little something new and different. I must say, though, I enjoyed Jesse Ball's novels more, but in different ways.

  • Charles Cohen
    2019-04-15 05:19

    Like a book of fables, or fairy tales, with a couple in their own kind of loving relationship at the heart. The spare language sucks the blood and life from the stories, in a way that makes them almost more haunting.

  • David Glines
    2019-03-29 08:22

    Devious and funny fairy tales of a multiverse shared between two creative lovers. Does it please me?Yes, quite very much.

  • Jeff Laughlin
    2019-04-05 08:35

    A violent and one-note exploration of new mythology. Them words real pretty tho.

  • uena
    2019-04-07 07:41

    -Has anyone punished you in this recent while?asked Vera.-No, said the child, for I am very good and always dowhat I am told.-Well, that, said Linus, will not save you now.___-We will wait here, he said, and when someonecomes, we will swiftly waylay them.-But Linus, said Vera, this is the road to the waste.No one comes along it.-I will seek then, said Linus, another craft.___At the picnic, Vera kissed Linus on the cheek as he laidthe blanket out beside the child's hand. It had notshriveled at all, this hand, or been changed by theweather.-God loves a child, remarked Linus.___Vera wrote a poem that could compel her.She gave the poem to Linusand required a similar verse from him.-In the night, all things go awry, she said. It shall notbe so with us.___The cat gave a sigh that spoke of centuries of fruitlessquestioning.-I'm sorry, I can not talk about could never understand it, he addedand looked away where Linus was not.

  • Denty One
    2019-03-28 05:14

    Denty found a small brown volume tucked within the hollow of a cow's skull while seeking treasure. He prepared himself a cup of tea and a tray of goodly butter biscuits, intending to inspect this book for rare mites, but no sooner had it's pages ruffled when screams of children appeared at his door.-Surely, this is the work of madness, said Denty aloud.And then the withered moon.(Basically, this book is pretty magical.)

  • William Akin
    2019-04-08 04:18

    indeed.just about perfect. thanks to everyone who recommended matters little if you are a reader or a writer, it seems that Ball is raising the bar either way.

  • Joshua
    2019-04-05 08:35

    This was pretty great. A long creepy, poetic fairytale.

  • Zach
    2019-03-24 00:34

    This is an intriguing little book, and it shows what Ball would later display full force in his novels.

  • c.vance c.vance
    2019-03-23 06:31

    a truly amazing gem of a book.find it, read it.

  • Tina
    2019-04-15 03:39

    Beautifully disturbing. Or disturbingly beautiful.

  • Seth Garrison
    2019-04-10 01:40

    Quite possibly the most fantastic series of miniature adventures ever presented on the page.

  • Joel
    2019-04-10 07:38

    This little brown book is handy to keep around when you need a reminder of how co-dependency can bring out the best in us (:

  • Toby
    2019-04-02 06:17

    It's quite nice this book, especially to touch.

  • Patty Cottrell
    2019-04-16 07:22

    -Put Vera & Linus inside me, said a wonderful bird. Wouldn't that be delightful?I agreed. It is lovely always to fill.