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Locus Amoenus In This Beautifully Nuanced Dark Comedy, A 9 11 Widow And Her Son, Hamlet, Have Retreated From Brooklyn To The Idyllic Rural Countryside Upstate, Where For Nearly Eight Years They Have Run A Sustainable Farm Unfortunately, Their Outrageously Obese Neighbors, Who Prefer The Starchy Products Of Industrial Agriculture, Reject Their Elitist Ways Recycling, Eating Healthy, Reading.Hamlet, Who Is Now Eighteen, Is Beginning To Suspect That Something Is Rotten In The United States Of America, When Health, Happiness, And Freedom Are Traded For Cheap Walmart Goods, Paxil, Endless War, Standard Curriculum, And Environmental Degradation He Becomes Very Depressed When, On The Very Day Of The 8th Anniversary Of His Father S Death, His Mother Marries A Horrid, Boring Bureaucrat Named Claudius.Things Get Even Depressing For Hamlet When He Learns From Horatio, A Conspiracy Theorist, That Claudius Is A Fraud The Deceptions, Spying, And Corruption Will Ultimately Lead, As In Shakespeare S Play, To Tragedy.Pronounced Low Cus A Mean Us Advanced Praise For Locus Amoenus From The Back CoverA Satirical Examination Of How We Live In The 21st Century, In The United Estates Of America, With Less Civilization And Discontents Than Hitherto Amidst Nostalgic Reflections On Our Past, Alexander Notices Current Absurdities And Contradictions In Our Appetites And Critique Of Consumerism, And Despite The Tragedy, We Have The Consolation Of Her Humor I Haven T Laughed This Well While Reading In A Long Time Josip Novakovich, Author Of Shopping For A Better CountryBrilliantly Combining Shakespeare S Knowing Personal Political Masterpiece, Hamlet, With Post 911 Ruminations Of An Edifying Diversity Of Characters Inhabiting Amenia In Rural New York, Novelist Victoria N Alexander Manages To Do The Three Things That Nabokov Says A Good Novelist Must Do Tell A Story, Inform, And Enchant Locus Am Nus, A Short, Sweet, Sui Generis Blend Of Contemporary Adult Fiction And Geopolitical Drama, Reminds Us That Something May Be Rotten In Than Denmark Dorion Sagan, Author Of The Cosmic ApprenticeThis Brilliant, Searing Political Novel Deserves To Be Read By All Of Those Interested In The Current And Future State Of The United States Of America Darkly Comic, Wry And Witty, Locus Am Nus Is A Genuine Pastoral, A Critique Of The Bloating And Corruption Of American Life That Draws On Hamlet For Its Dissection Of Politics, Relationships, And Love In Post 9 11 America From Swift To Shakespeare, The Literary Antecedents For Locus Am Nus Are Wide And Varied, But The Novel That Emerges Is Wholly Original And Haunting In Its Graphic Depiction Of Contemporary American S And Failures I Can T Recommend Victoria N Alexander S New Novel Enough Oona Frawley, Author Of FlightA Tale Of Dark Political Corruption, Betrayal And A Through The Looking Glass World Where You Can Believe Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Locus Am Nus Is Also A Fiercely Funny Romp By A Talented Writer Charles Holdefer, Author Of The ContractorAlexander S Locus Am Nus Is A Biting, Witty, And Ultimately Touching Window On Modern American Life She Evokes The Wit And Depth Of The Best Of Kingsolver And High Satire And Earnest Social Exploration Of Pynchon Or Delillo Her Experiences Bridging The Worlds Of Rural And Urban Northeastern America Provide Those Of Us With Experience Of Both A Welcomed Bit Of Nostalgia, Longing, Familiarity, And A Sense Of Loss This Story Is To Be Savored, And Hopefully Re Read In Certain Existential Moods David Koepsell, Author Of Reboot World


10 thoughts on “Locus Amoenus

  1. says:

    A 9 11 widow and her son find sanctuary on a farm in upstate New York, but something is rotten in the state of the States as our despairing narrator, the son, describes the incursion into their idyll of a second husband, whose arrival only serves to exacerbate the boy s spiraling estrangement from his childhood sweetheart, from the stories he has told himself about his father s death, and eventually from self, sense and sanity The widow is Gertrude, the son Hamlet, the unwelcome stepfather Clau A 9 11 widow and her son find sanctuary on a farm in upstate New York, but something is rotten in the state of the States as our despairing narrator, the son, describes the incursion into their idyll of a second husband, whose arrival only serves to exacerbate the boy s spiraling estrangement from his childhood sweetheart, from the stories he has told himself about his father s death, and eventually from self, sense and sanity The widow is Gertrude, the son Hamlet, the unwelcome stepfather Claudius, the childhood sweetheart Ophelia Yes, Victoria Alexander aims high and, on the whole, hits her target Oddly enough though, the preface to the novel actually put me in mind of another, no less illustrious model Citing personal experience of local politics, Alexander says the state of the nation is such that I groan at the prospect of taking on this subject, with which I would much rather have nothing to do, irresistibly bringing to mind ...


  2. says:

    Imagine Muriel Barbery s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, written from the point of view of an American teen Imagine Shakespeare s Hamlet set in post 9 11 America Then cross the science of good health with the politics of consumerism, add a pinch of conspiracy theory, follow some sheep, and you ll have a pretty fair picture of Victoria N Alexander s Locus Amoenus.With names changed to protect, 9 11 and his father s death have precipitated young Hamlet and his mother s relocation from big city to Imagine Muriel Barbery s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, written from the point of view of an American teen Imagine Shakespeare s...


  3. says:

    I won this book on goodreads and I didn t know what to expect from a dark comedy I am glad I won this book because I found another genre I like to read I had to look up what Locus Amoenus means I was laughing at some points, confused at some points, sad...


  4. says:

    The 911 explanation was a different and frightening fiction Locus Aoenus also viewed life in a small town in upstate New York with appropriate satire The characterization of each member in the book really hit home The book instilled good hearty laughs and sobs.


  5. says:

    Alexander portrays small town America fraught with ignorance, senseless bureaucracy, economic disparity, conspiracy theories, and obesity with extraordinary gallows humor.


  6. says:

    A young man tries to deal with conspiracy theories and the reality of how politics and governance work, having been brought up in a very sheltered, uninformed, but healthy home Written as a sort of retelling of Hamlet, but set in a small town in Massachusetts, Hamlet and his mother Gertrude create a new life for themselves after Gertrude s husband is killed in the 9 11 terrorist attack 8 years later Hamlet is unwilling to let his mom move on and remarry, and his dislike for Claudius, her new A young man tries to deal with conspiracy theories and the reality of how politics and governance work, having been brought up in a very sheltered, uninformed, but healthy home Written as a sort of retelling of Hamlet, but set in a small town in Massachusetts, Hamlet and his mother Gertrude create a new life for themselves after Gertrude s husband is killed in the 9 11 terrorist attack 8 years later Hamlet is unwilling to let his mom move on and remarry, and his dislike for Claudius, her new husband, becomes vicious once Hamlet runs into his old science teacher, Horatio, who has become an embittered conspiracy theorist There is plenty to discuss and to think about in this short nov...


  7. says:

    I did not love this novel but then why would I An under cultured nuts and bolts architect from Texas, I came into possession of this very small adaptation of Shakespeare s play Hamlet purely through the serendipity of a coffee house on a rainy night The works of William Shakespeare were not featured curriculum items at Texas Tech during my collegial youth, so very much of Alexander s wit and perhaps even classical genius, were, for me, seeds sewn on a stony path About halfway through I did not love this novel but then why would I An under cultured nuts and bolts architect from Texas, I came into possession of this very small adaptation of Shakespeare s play Hamlet purely through the serendipity of a coffee house on a rainy night The works of William Shakespeare were not featured curriculum items at Texas Tech during my collegial youth, so very much of Alexander s wit and perhaps even classical genius, were, for me, seeds sewn on a stony path About halfway through the play, the good doctor s very big idea began to open for me In the end, I found myself nearly in tears and then on the very last page CODA the kick in the gut that left me gasping I read it again to reconsider this time not as entertainment but, if you will, seeing for the first time the gifts of the mythic Athena to the fearless but na ve Perseus the cape of night, her shield, sword, and Mercury s whispered counsel to approach the Gorgon only in reflection The Greeks knew something about spea...


  8. says:

    Locus Am nus is a thoroughly clever Young Adult novel loosely based on Shakespeare s Hamlet When Hamlet is told by an old friend Horatio that 9 11 was covered up, with help from his new stepfather, he becomes depressed and wants to set things straight.First off, I loved it Full of snappy wit and a British...


  9. says:

    Thank you Victoria for such a marvel of technique.I feel the urge to read Hamlet I somehow neglected that in my education or have forgotten having read it.All thru Locus Amoenus I kept thinking I should...


  10. says:

    Great read Funny and witty.


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