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N cafe to meet a bearded friend A young woman and her confidante Daisy Buchanan sink into the languor of the Hamptons and Provincetown A buxom redhead from Alabam don’t give a damn travels to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune A charismatic professor assists Robert Oppenheimer with his desert calculations and is henceforth the au. I knew I had to read this from the moment I heard what it was a retelling of Gilligan's Island written from the point of view of each of the castaways co existing and interacting with many other fictional and historical characters of the time period That kind of thing is right up my alley so I had to check it out at least for the sheer weirdness factor But as it turned out there was a lot to it than I expectedWhen I call it a retelling of 'Gilligan's Island' that's a little bit misleading because very little of the book actually deals with the characters' time on the island For the most part it delves into each character's backstory prior to the three hour tour one chapter per character in order of the theme song in first person As you might expect the characterizations are a little bit different and deeper than you'd find on the show often with bizarre twists but still close enough to seem familiar The castaways don't interact with each other much in their chapters though each story somehow involves an anagram of Gilligan which are like seven separate stories than one continuous narrative but they are all interconnected in one way or anotherFor all of that what I'm describing still basically sounds like Gilligan fanfic Not that there's anything wrong with that but I can see how some people might not be that interested in reading it But as you get further into it things start to get complicated than that The first few stories are fairly straightforward but somewhere around the middle it starts to incorporate some odd and sometimes confusing storytelling devices and it all gets a bit postmodern That may annoy some people but for me this is where it really started to get interesting The final chapter takes it to new heights of weirdness but in the end it all sort of comes together and sheds some new light on the nature of the story not to imply that there's some kind of he was dead all along twist but for a lot of the book I was wondering if it was really going anywhere and if it would all add up to anything and it turns out that it does though it's still pretty weird You do eventually find out what happens with the island and after all that madness the conclusion is actually rather poignantAll right look I know this book isn't for everybody and a lot of people would probably just find the whole concept ridiculous but it's than just a gimmick Maybe I'm biased because it hits so close to my own interests but I really liked it and would place it up there with my favorite books

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Gilligan's WakeThor of every American political conspiracy And Mary Ann Kilroy leaves Russell Kansas for Paris and love only to discover that you can never go home nor leave the islandBut beneath these stories is the story of their author an institutionalized shadow man who has twisted the histories of six characters into a pastiche of American histor. This ambitious and very funny novel is not remotely a linear narrative Rather as its title suggests it moves with the spirit of James Joyce and presents a series of seemingly jumbled narratives riffing lightly on characters from the TV series GILLIGAN'S ISLAND In a style that has been compared with that of Thomas Pynchon Tom Carson's book is not a particularly easy read but neither is it especially difficult It does reuire and it plays like a jazz band on an awareness of popular culture and of politics in the post war era Carson's sense of humor and of wordplay is spectacular and while the novel really only uses GILLIGAN'S ISLAND as a springboard and touchstone you will never look at that TV series in uite the same way after reading this Darkly funny intricate and at times puzzling GILLIGAN'S WAKE is a terrific novel but like the show that inspired it it's not for everyone

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DOWNLOAD Gilligan's Wake 107 ✓ A kaleidoscopic novel about our last American centuryA skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific running ammunition and passing the time with navy buddies McHale and Jack Kennedy remembering the sweet caress of Screw Me Susie A New York millionaire reunites with his prep school classmate Alger Hiss and journeys to an unusual A kaleidoscopic novel about our last American centuryA skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific running ammunition and passing the time with navy buddies McHale and Jack Kennedy remembering the sweet caress of Screw Me Susie A New York millionaire reunites with his prep school classmate Alger Hiss and journeys to an unusual downtow. Gilligan’s Wake is a hallucinatory trip through the mazes of the modern American history bleak corridors of power and the gloomy literary labyrinthsAcross from a scary looking mausoleum just short of Union Suare some burlies are hoisting a sign that makes me wonder if I’m on peyote It’s a clock with twelve hands all holding coffee cups and underneath it says “There’s Always Time For Some More Maxwell House” I mean sometimes I think the straights know things we don’t out in the crazy heart of America The whole bit’s gone a little haywire we aren’t moving now I see that Ferlinghetti’s in a face off with a couple of wharf rats up from the Embarcadero who think our gang is what’s wrong with this pictureTom Carson smartly echoes many books Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac V and Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon Moby Dick or the Whale by Herman Melville The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald The Public Burning by Robert Coover and The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West – just to name a fewAnd even if the narration is often overwrought and sometimes it even turns kitschy Tom Carson managed to recount an impressive tale“Well – but they were traitors by Jove Of course Alger and the Rosenbergs betrayed their country That was their job – that’s what traitors do If I could see that I assumed anyone could But these people” I said staring around my shelves “call themselves the patriots – so what on earth is going on”And history keeps moving on without any care for all the historians