Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada Limited, 2014.
ISBN: 9780345809599
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 16, 2020

It is difficult to place my thoughts on this book because it is a somewhat simple execution of some complex ideas written entirely in dialogue which made for a very quick read(roughly 4 hours in total). I'm tempted to make the comparison to the cinematic version of Fight Club in which Tyler Durden places a gun, execution style, to the back of the head of a convenience store clerk, threatening the man's life, Durden meanwhile expelling his life philosophy as the man fears that this interaction could be his last, and ultimately the clerk leaves unharmed, but with a newfound appreciation for his seemingly pointless life as Durden explains "Raymond, tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of your life." Both the victim, Raymond, and the perpetrator, Durden, in the scenario leave with a deeper understanding of the importance of living a purposeful, meaningful life after narrowly escaping death. The life lesson being: do not waste the potential of each day as these collective days will eventually add up to the sum of one's life.
Your Fathers, Where are they? etc. is about a man's journey to find himself, his purpose, to uncover his history, to ascribe meaning to his pain, and to authentically feel that pain by evoking fear out of others, his potential victims. This man, Thomas, thinks his life is a series of serendipitous moments that have led him and his victims to an abandoned military base, but he quickly realizes that life is far more nuanced, highly unpredictable, and mostly unexplainable.

Sep 25, 2015

This is a very creatively written book about an emotionally disturbed man, Thomas, who wrestles with a variety of life’s questions. Things don’t seem to add up to Thomas. Life has many unfair and puzzling outcomes so Thomas decided to kidnap an Astronaut, a former congressman, a police officer, and a few other people to ask them these questions. The dialogue is very real and quite heartfelt. This book is written more like a play and I can understand if it bothers some people. I personally didn’t have any issues with that. I do think the story is pretty short and would have liked to see a longer story but I really enjoyed reading this book.

Apr 27, 2015

Unusually, this book is all dialogue and Eggers mostly succeeds in distinguishing the different voices. The people the narrator kidnaps in an attempt to make sense of the world by asking them questions each represents some problem with contemporary America. The book is not entirely successful but is nonetheless interesting.

Dec 28, 2014

An ambitious project saddled by an unfortunately obtuse title. Some might find the format
(all dialogue) off-putting, but once you commit it's worth it. I also think it could be adapted into a pretty cracking radio play.

Jul 16, 2014

the book is well written, a strange story of a "man-boy" not really sure how to exist in this world. "thomas" kidnaps various people, an astronaut, or rather a man who wanted to be one, a congressman, his mother and others. He is crazy as a fruit-fly, and his ramblings get madder as the book goes on.

Eggers can sometimes be weird, but this book shows how somebody gets from weirdness to shooting up a school. Its a different read.

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