|Author: Alex Shakar|
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|Moving between the research hospitals of Manhattan, the streets of a meticulously planned Florida city, the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the uncanny, immersive worlds of urban disaster simulation, "Luminarium" is dizzyingly smart and provocative, exploring as it does the state of the present, of technology, and of what is real and what is ephemeral.|
From the Publisher:
Fred's life is in shambles. Once he was engaged to a beautiful newscaster, lived in a lush high-rise apartment building, and served as the co-CEO of a burgeoning computer programming company during the internet startup glory days with his twin, confidant, and soul-mate, George. Now it's the summer of 2006. Two wars rage on, and the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches. The once utopian software company was stolen out from under Fred and George by a military contracting conglomerate, and George himself lies in a coma. Broke and alone, Fred is led by an attractive woman, Mira, into a scientific study promising to give him "peak" experiences and a newfound spiritual outlook on life. But as the study progresses, and lines between the subject and the experimenter blur, Fred learns that Mira has her own heartaches to endure.
Luminarium is a grand, sweeping novel that is as much about the role technology and spirituality play in shaping our reality as it is about the undying bond between brothers, and the redemptive possibilities of love. Daringly, Fred's desperate, thrashing attempt to understand, persevere, and even forgive in the face of George's illness also serves as a metaphor for New York before and after 9/11. This profound meditation on doubt and faith in contemporary culture is emotionally riveting, and a wild, gratifying ride.
Luminarium by Alex Shakar - Book Review
By: Jeruen Dery Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/4/2012 11:09 AM
|Your twin brother is in a coma, your family is dysfunctional, the company you have founded is being taken away from you, your girlfriend abandons you, and you're dead-broke: what would you do if every person in the world is dead-set against you? This is essentially the premise of Alex Shakar's novel Luminarium, where the topic of human despair interfaces with modern technology....read the full review|