Paradise Engine, The

By (author): Rebecca Campbell

While working to restore an historic theatre in a seedy part of the city, a graduate student named Anthea searches to find her best friend, lost to the rhetoric of an itinerant street mystic. Almost a century earlier, Liam, a tenth-rate tenor, visits the same theatre while eking out a career on the dying Vaudeville circuits of the day. In both eras, an apocalyptic strain of mysticism threatens their existence: Anthea contends with a nascent New Age movement in the heart of the city while Liam encounters a radical theosophical commune along the coast of British Columbia, who appear to be building … something.

The Paradise Engine unfolds across a colourful backdrop of labour organizers, immaculately-attired cultists, ambitious socialites, basement offices and coffee shops. Its cast of characters and historical setting recalls Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business or Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day, while its approach to memory and community is reminiscent of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell has had fiction and poetry published in Grain, Geist, The Fiddlehead, TickleAce and Prairie Fire. She received a Masters in English at UBC and is currently working on her PhD. at the University of Western Ontario. Originally from Duncan, BC, Rebecca now lives in London, Ontario.

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While working to restore an historic theatre in a seedy part of the city, a graduate student named Anthea searches to find her best friend, lost to the rhetoric of an itinerant street mystic. Almost a century earlier, Liam, a tenth-rate tenor, visits the same theatre while eking out a career on the dying Vaudeville circuits of the day. In both eras, an apocalyptic strain of mysticism threatens their existence: Anthea contends with a nascent New Age movement in the heart of the city while Liam encounters a radical theosophical commune along the coast of British Columbia, who appear to be building … something.

The Paradise Engine unfolds across a colourful backdrop of labour organizers, immaculately-attired cultists, ambitious socialites, basement offices and coffee shops. Its cast of characters and historical setting recalls Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business or Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day, while its approach to memory and community is reminiscent of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

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Dimensions:

315 Pages
9in * 6in * 1in
1lb

Published:

May 01, 2013

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

NeWest Press

ISBN:

9781927063255

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Historical / General

Language:

eng

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