Only Revolutions is an American road novel by writer Mark Z.
Danielewski. It was released in the United States on September 12,
2006 by Pantheon Books. It was a finalist for the 2006 National Book
Award for Fiction.
1 Plot summary
4 External links
The story alternates between two different narratives: Sam &
Hailey, and Hailey & Sam, wild and wayward teenagers who never
grow old. With an evolving stable of cars, the teenagers move through
various places and moments in time as they try to outrace history.
As the story proceeds, one can note that many events are perceptual
and not certain. By reading both stories some sense can be made from
this poetic styled puzzle. The words written are a vague mix of poetry
and stream of consciousness prose. Both Hailey and Sam depict their
feelings as well as ideas and thoughts towards one another. It is
truly difficult to summarize the plot as most readers will understand
the parts of story in different ways.
Critical reception for
Only Revolutions has been divided, with many
reviewers commenting that the book's appeal would greatly depend on
the reader. In a review for The Guardian, Steven Poole
Only Revolutions and wrote "The book is to be admired for its
sheer zest for invention, the kind of faith in ambitious literature so
rare among contemporary novelists. And though it can often be baffling
and tiresome, it also has enough flashes of expressionistic brilliance
and sustained deliriums of invention to justify the reach." In
contrast, Sean O'Hagan criticized the book as being "dense and
overly-complicated" and commented that "There is enough
experimentation here to keep academics and cyber-geeks satisfied for
years to come, but long before the end - wherever that is - I was left
longing for the lull and sway of a classic tale well told."
Only Revolutions (review)". KCRW. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
National Book Award Finalist, Fiction". NBA. Retrieved 17
^ Moore, Steven. "Spin Cycle". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 August
^ Piegsa, Oskar. "Roman "Only Revolutions": Sex, Musik und Raserei mal
zwei". Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 17 August 2014.
^ Patterson, Troy. "Complete 360". New York Times. Retrieved 17 August
Only Revolutions (review)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 17 August
^ Poole, Steven. "O how clever". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August
^ O'Hagan, Sean. "I wouldn't say this is unreadable ..." Retrieved 17
Mark Z. Danielewski
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House of Leaves (2000)
The Whalestoe Letters
The Whalestoe Letters (2000)
The Fifty Year Sword
The Fifty Year Sword (2005)
Only Revolutions (2006)
One Rainy Day in May (2015)
Into the Forest (2015)
Honeysuckle & Pain (2016)