e-Book Alnilam download

e-Book Alnilam download

by James Dickey

ISBN: 0385065493
ISBN13: 978-0385065498
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (May 5, 1987)
Pages: 682
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.7
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James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate in 1966.

James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) was an American poet and novelist. Dickey was best known for his novel Deliverance (1970) which was adapted into an acclaimed film of the same name. Dickey was born to lawyer Eugene Dickey and Maibelle Swift in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended North Fulton High School in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.

I highly recommend Alnilam if you're a fan of James Dickey and don't mind a challenging but ultimately very fulfilling reading experience. Jan 20, 2013 Jason rated it liked it.

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In Dickey's first novel since Deliverance (1970), Frank Cahill, who owns and runs a public swimming pool in Atlanta .

In Dickey's first novel since Deliverance (1970), Frank Cahill, who owns and runs a public swimming pool in Atlanta before WW II, goes blind from a raging case of diabetes. The insult is great, but greater still is news of the death of his son Joel (a child Cahill never knew) in an Air Corps training crash. Joel, it turns out, was chief magus in a corpsmen-cult called Alnilam, a mixture of astrology, the Aprocrypha, Nietzsche, et. and Dickey strives mightily to fix this arcane canopy (not unreminiscent, incidentally, of one of Dickey's own more shaky longer poems, on the Zodiac) over this 683-page novel.

ISBN 10: 0385065493, ISBN 13: 9780385065498

ISBN 10: 0385065493, ISBN 13: 9780385065498. The story is slight for a book of these imposing dimensions, and is clearly only an excuse for Dickey to work out a series of often profound, sometimes merely glib ruminations on the mysteries of flight, the nature of war, male bonding, the mystique of leadership and, above all, the starkly contrasting worlds of vision and blindness.

Praise for james dickey’s classic adventure novel. Asheville Citizen-Times. Books by. James dickey. To the White Sea. CRITICISM. Once read, never forgotten.

See contact information and details about James Dickey . However, after the publication of his first book, Into the Stone, and Other Poems (1960), Dickey left his career to devote himself to poetry. There could have been no more unpromising enterprise or means of earning a livelihood than that of being an American poet," he admitted in Conversations with Writers. Dickey's next novels Alnilam (1987) and To the White Sea (1993) were not as well-received as Deliverance, though Dickey alleged he spent thirty-six years working on the former. Largely viewed as a "poet's novel," Alnilam did not fare well critically.

Author James Dickey holding cheek-to-cheek with a ceramic mask of his face designed by. .

Author James Dickey holding cheek-to-cheek with a ceramic mask of his face designed by Billy Dunlap, at home. As with Alnilam, critics praised Dickey’s poetic style, even as it clouded the plot.

During the Second World War, Frank Cahill, recently blinded, is compelled to learn about his son's mysterious demise and enigmatic life
I read this book when it first came out and I was disappointed. But it has a weird way of lingering in the mind. Of all the books I have ever read, I have spent more time thinking about this one than any book other than "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"-- which it doesn't really resemble (well, it is about a father and a son, so I suppose it does resemble it). What was Dickey trying to accomplish? I wonder if I'll ever know. I really would like to do something, though. Someday I want to write the screenplay...I'm kidding. No I'm not. I want to make this book into a movie. FADE IN: Exterior-Night, in the clouds. Pink Floyd's "Learning to Fly" plays in the background. A strange, marionette-like flying machine resembling the Wright Bros. contraption drifts throught the clouds towards the camera. At the controls is a very young man wearing a stylized military uniform with a high peaked cap, the letters A L N I L A M appear behind the craft like giant water towers reflecting the searchlights, the fog rolls in to fill the frame and the camera pulls back to reveal the swirling fog transformed into the reflection in the lenses of the dark glasses of FRANK CAHILL...

I'm aware that "Alnilam" didn't fare well on the popular market, and that three previous ..... reviewers have given this Dickey novel low ratings. But this novel engrossed me, and it has stayed with me for fourteen years now.
An English professor of mine used the metaphor of a pebble in a pond to illustrate how interpreting the "meaning" of a fine literary work is essentially a subjective matter. The author drops a pebble into the center of a pond, as it were, and the ripples which it produces, which radiate out to the edges of the pond, are the meanings which we readers ascribe to his creation. (This was some years before Barthes' "The Death of the Author.")
Thus with "Alnilam," I believe. Dickey's powerful prose and deep symbolisms allow a vast range of responses and interpretations. Mine include a lot of religious themes, although I'm aware that Dickey was a bomber pilot in WWII and thus the aviation references, not only explicit but implicit, may be more concretely referential than I've chosen to interpret them. I'm not particularly religious, but I don't know whether the spiritual metaphors I find in "Alnilam" are my own particular "ripple in the pond" or anything Dickey intended when he dropped his "pebble."
At any rate, this reader found "Alnilam" not only brilliantly written but profoundly moving. I'd give it five stars but for the fact that I can't claim to fully understand this novel on an intellectual or objective level, despite enjoying it and being deeply moved by it. But is intellectual grasp a necessary criterion of good literature? Particularly of the work of a brilliant poet? Being uncertain, I give it four stars.

Anyone expecting another book like Deliverance will be vastly disappointed. I struggled with this book at first yet I found it had many rewards not offered up by the usual "top ten" hits list of today's pop pulp market. While Dickey fails where someone like Umberto Eco might succeed it is worthwhile to hitch a ride on Dickey's powerful imagination and tough muscular illusory prose. You almost believe a blind man can fly! I'm a sucker for Dickey so became immersed in this book and liked it better than the White Sea which came later and which I found a good cure for insomnia. While Alnilam did not initially "knock me out", I find it staying with me all these years later.

I gave up after reading a hundred pages or so. I'm a huge fan of James Dickey. I'd waited for so long for a second book from him and was so disappointed by this. The plot was vague and boring, and it didn't have that wonderful prose which Dickey used in Deliverance.
The one positive I could say about this book is his idea of portraying the blind and sighted versions simultaneously. It didn't work in this. But the 'idea' is to be admired. He always seems to find some way to push the established boundaries of writing.
(He pushes the boundaries again in the last of his novels, 'To The White Sea'. He has no dialogue at all for ninety odd percent of the book. Very successfully, too.)

As a James Dickey fan, I was looking forward to immersing myself in Alnilam. The start was slow but optimistically I looked forward to something satisfying - I slogged through this disappointment until the bitter end. The one star I gave it (my first inclination was no stars for the pitiful plot and tedious narrative but that was not an option...) was only for some of the character development which was interesting at times. What a waste of a tree (well, with 768 pages, many trees).

This was probably the worst book I have ever read. I thought something would "happen", but other than philosophical meanderings of the war and the meaning of life, it was a complete waste of time and energy.

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