The most scatological, perhaps excessively scatological, part of the Pedal Punk Anti Utopian c trilogy If I wasn t stuck in the middle of the woods of Western Mass, I doubt I would finish it. it was a canary The Pisstown Chaos Is A Novel About Disease And Forced Relocation Political Power Seems To Be Solely In The Hands Of One Reverend Herman Hooker, An American Divine Who Revels In The Peoples Suffering As They Are Shifted Separated From And Then Randomly Coupled With One Another By Decree Every Five Years There Are Up Shifts, Down Shifts, And Side Shifts, But No Attempt To Make Harmonious Pairings Chaos Rages On As Parasitic Infestations Spread And The Reverend Trailer â The Pisstown Chaos: A Novel PDF by â David Ohle Rules With An Iron Fist From His Templex Headquarters, Spouting Platitudes To The Ever Moving Masses i like what David Ohle tried here, the underlying idea is good, but for me it comes across as too discoherent, too muddled It s mechanically separated pork instead of hand pulled pork Tagged as meh Well, it wasn t my favourite thing I ve ever read, mostly because of the sparse style, but it was still interesting and enjoyable and quite, quite peculiar Absurdist I didn t realize when I bought it that it s part of a trilogy I would say that it s actually fine as a standalone novel, although I might havecontext if I pick up the other two in the trilogy, which I will probably do at some point in the near future I was certainly happy to have stumbled upon this in Lawrence, KS, a few weeks ago I ll have to go back and snatch up the other two. It s a strange little post apocalyptic dystopian tale mostly focusing on the Balls family and what happens to them once they are shifted to new places I would say their endings, with the exception of Mildred s are opened ended, but many nonsensical, dreadful, weird things happe The book has a lot to recommend it published by a smaller indie publisher, full of chaotic social upheaval and absurdist reinventions of all our extant social ills These things appeal to me See George Saunders CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Alas, even those selling points were not enough to carry me through to the end of the book Not that I didn t finish reading it, but that I finished with a certain plodding resignation instead of the real pleasure I d had when I started. In searching for a fair way to describe the reading experience, I hit upon the realization that it s a good thing the book is short 196 pages , but it would be better had it been about fifty pages shorter I think I might have maintained my low grader reader s pleasure if the story had ended before 150 pages To read anything longer of this genre would be like surviving on a steady intellectual and ✓ The Pisstown Chaos: A Novel ☆ The nature of the world Ohle describes, with its frequent shiftings, forgettings, and outbreaks of chaos, precludes the kind of plotting that would allow this third novel to somehow provide a conclusion to a trilogy Instead he offers us another ride into Bum Bay, Permaganate Island, and Pisstown itself Stinkers, those near dead who wander the landscape, play as large a role here as do the bowel movements of Ohle s characters Very funny, very grim, and frequently repulsive Excuse me, I have to check my stool for parasites now.
Pisstown Chaos served as my guidebook on a recent trip to Bangkok. If you are the sort of person who would go into a library and pick up a dystopian phantasmagoria with a title like The Pisstown Chaos, if you ve only heard of the author in passing reference to a novel he wrote in the seventies, if you intentionally check it out anyway and devour it in two days if you are this sort of person, it is difficult to imagine your not being fairly delighted with the results here David Ohle who wrote Motorman in 1972, the only thing I knew about him composes his paragraphs with a deranged deft touch, vaulting through various narrative threads, weird anecdotes, non sequiters, lapses, all in stupifying whirlwind details His vision of the future is unexplained and simple everything is gross and smells awful Parasites, confering a zombie like undeath, are rampant Hagfish are on the move Shit literal, figurativ Started off strong Had some wonderfully funny and memorable characters, but lost my attention less than halfway through.
About The Author
David Ohle is an American writer, novelist, and a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence After receiving his M.A from KU, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1975 to 1984 In 2002 he began teaching fiction writing and screenwriting as a part time lecturer at the University of Kansas His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, the Transatlantic Review, Paris Review, and Ha