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Three Hundred Million: A Novel (2014)

by Blake Butler(Favorite Author)
3.37 of 5 Votes: 2
0062271857 (ISBN13: 9780062271853)
Harper Perennial
review 1: This book was a feat. I don't mean that as a bad thing. Even though I read it through to the end, I know there are so many things to go back and reread. Warren Ellis called it something like "Poetry of the insane". I'm not big in comparing authors to other authors unless all I can think of but it is different and the same as his own work. I have read 3 books by Butler (Scorch Atlas and Ever) and I consider myself a fan. He expresses a dark/nihilistic side about society that enjoy reading sometimes. I know I said I wouldn't compare him to another author but I guess i lied because I know it was written in a prose that reminds me of the Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper. I just mean in a sense that it is written with this amazing poetic neurotic prose that truly disorients you t... moreo the point where you forget what you just read. I gave it 5 stars because it has one of the creepiest characters I've read in a book before. Also because I know every time I go back and reread it I will learn knew things and appreciate the poetry of it. It's really good even though it's maddening at times.
review 2: 300,000,000 is the first literary event in the post-David Foster Wallace era. Whatever you might expect of that novel , it's most-likely not what you think it is. It's bound to become the anthem-novel of a generation of disowned young intellectuals who afe angry at America. Blake Butler wrote a transcendent, ground-breaking and apocalyptic book inspired by Vladimir Nabokov, Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, James Ellroy and, of course, David Foster Wallace. 300,000,000 is magnificent like only the end of the world can be. less
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Starts off strong, bogs down a bit in the middle, then picks up again in the second half.
Couldn't finish it. Just not my type of writing style.
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