An Epiphany On Wall Street
Book One in the Nine Inch Bride series
The Nine Inch Bride
I suspected in the series title some lurid sexual meaning or a fanciful fairy story. Happily, I found Book One, An Epiphany On Wall Street, was neither, but a nicely styled tale of the gradual epiphany of a young neo-capitalist in a credible not-too-distant future.
Indeed, it is a tale told on many levels, presaging the sort of world ours might easily become, perhaps only a few decades down the timeline. Its predictive details are a believable extension of our times, drawing a short straight line of relevance back to the world as it stands today, and in doing so offer a sharp indictment of the evils of our time and their effect on the shape of our future.
The Anti-Rand. This is a serious, literate novel which repays close attention. The anonymous author cleverly satirizes contemporary political and economic doctrine, dogma and madness. The tale told is not at all so whimsical as the series title may suggest, but a serious polemic on the evils of modern corporate capitalism.
There's an intelligent and chatty familiarity with the inner workings of the financial community, the military-corporate complex, politics, and terrorism—with ‘inside’ glimpses of the hidden machinations behind them all.
Again and again unique phrasings occur. Coinages and novelty abound along with mythic and religious metaphor in a masterful use of language, something in the manner of Faulkner’s early novels and James Joyce’s late ones.
The character of Sahar, a comely, nine-inch philosopher of global change, is made quite plausible. Her existence is explained in concrete physical terms without resort to magic, or any sort of paranormal mumbo-jumbo—although there is a mild hint of superhumanity in Sahar’s intelligence and intuition, and perhaps in her diminutive stature itself, which echoes Nietzche’s idea of the Next Man, a suggestion that she is no less than a symbolic step in our evolution.
There are no wild-eyed futurist scenarios in this story, and nothing contained in its text is very far from the national and global situations as they exist today. A question of degree, only—or perhaps, some would say, a question only of what is publicly known.
In all, I found the first book in the Nine Inch Bride series to be a deliciously formidable piece of writing. Pervaded with intellect and a subtle dry wit (Illuminati International Bank, Lebensraum Financial. etc.), I found it directly applicable to my daily experience of the world, and fascinating enough for me to read it through twice.
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I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END...
Nephew of Ayn Rand (Auntie Ayn, I kid you not!)
First let me establish my credentials. I am a professional reader. Over the course of my forty year career, I have traveled many millions of miles on airplanes, and spent thousands of nights in hotels.
Since I cannot work or sleep on an airplane, I turned to fiction and realistic science fiction (not fantasy) to make the airplane ride or hotel stay seem shorter, eh?
I happened across Epiphany on Wall Street via Twitter. The author read part of my blog, and challenged me to read their book. It was not much of a challenge, eh? For I TRULY got the better end of the deal.
From the outset this is a thoroughly engaging book. The characters, though one may be a bit unusual, are TOTALLY believable. The reader is drawn into a parallel world of destruction, not only of a man, but of current day America itself.
There are a few qualities I look for in a book. The MAJOR one is that the author knows how to write dialogue in the context of how WE speak, not in endless, almost speech-like conversations that are not realistic. This author joins all of my other favourite authors in that the dialogue is fast paced, believable, AND cleverly advances the story.
Epiphany also hits hard at our so-called "Democracy", the wealthy, as seen through the enlightened eyes of the character. It also touches on the class warfare in our society, addressing many burning topics of today. Topics that we shall ALL be facing in the very near future, if some of us are not already.
Were I to have to leave America quickly, there are a few novels that I would take with me. This would be one of them. Indeed, I even had to put it down for a day as it was coming to a close, simply because I did not want it to end!
Read it....you shall NOT be disappointed that you did. No matter your political persuasion, concern over the VERY small but believable science fiction involved, or your view of American society and monetary issues, you shall come away with something special. Truly you shall.
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I'M NOT POLITICAL
I am a first generation American, living abroad. My parents are from the former Soviet Union.
I found the beginning very engaging and read the first three chapters greedily, eager to find out what will happen next. But then a surprise - the story lost its hold over me.
What had touched me in the first few chapters were the relations and thoughts that the narrator had about himself, his lover, the world... but this was replaced by what seemed a socialistic political theme when the heroine appeared that grew stronger with each page. As a person who tries to escape from political life as best she can, I was disengaged by the switch. Though as a lover of prose, I was touched by many lines in the novel, magnificent in their weave, and evocative.
Overall, I think it is a novel for a specific audience, a very literate and politically pro-active one. This is not a bad thing, even the great Nabokov said that he does not write for the masses, but for those few able to understand his work.
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A Bridge Too Far?
James Lesni, Author Networks
New York, NY
We have here a novel trying to be—more than a novel—a call to revolution. Whether it succeeds or not is a question for you to decide, but in the trying this becomes a remarkably relevant literary fiction, and I expect a delightful discovery quest lies in store for just about anyone investing the time to read it.
Though the dense, quirky speeches of the title character sometimes slow the race of the story, these tirades are in themselves eloquent and fascinating, sexy, funny and thought-provoking. The heroine Sa is a virtuoso of high tech and acrobatics, as well as a dedicated revolutionary. Reinventing language and personality she uses her talented tongue to bring the protagonist and narrator, Ken, to question his assumptions of life and his very sanity.
A Wall Street analyst fallen in a market crash, Ken finds himself at the brink of despair when Sahar, or Sa for short, gets under his unconscious skin, nursing him back to the bright shiny world of those who have no clear or present fear for their livelihood, and hires him over to her cause.
Many notions of left and right are confounded and turned on their head in the world according to Sa. She wields the rhetoric of Ayn Rand back against capitalism, and describes a post-Marxian economy of 'free enterprise' in breaths not far apart. All dogma is fair game for a refresh in her lens.
Though serious in subject, the characters are lively and the dialogues run deep, get hot, spicy, and will often leave you smiling.
There is symbolism going on, from the subtle, as with the messianic and religious references, to the obvious, like the play on 'big' and 'small' and proportion itself in a political context, or the reinvention of names for things we know, like 'Empire City' for Manhattan. Sa herself is a symbol of activism and individuality, a bundle of seeming contradictions that she understands, but as avant garde leader, is hard pressed to make others understand. As she revels in and reviles the language on which she depends, she becomes in her singularity a metaphor for humankind.
There's understated sci-fi and the beginnings of espionage, which buffs of those genres will appreciate. The characters ring true and the relevance to contemporary America is unmistakeable. As a symbolic political novel, Epiphany On Wall Street begins to fill a literary void in answer to Atlas Shrugged, and does it with brevity, honesty and warmth.
If you're looking for a novel that is fun and far far more, this is a 'must.'