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Tonguing the Zeitgeist

(1994)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Philip K Dick Award Best Book (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
This futuristic novel is something of a puzzler. On one hand, Olsen is the master of an evocative, expressive prose. Hip images tumble across the page with a hypnotic, hallucinogenic clarity. On the other hand, Olsen's characters are flat, unappealing and poorly motivated, and his sense of structure is virtually nonexistent. The action focuses mainly on Ben Tendo, an acoustic guitar-playing musician who lives in what used to be the Pacific Northwest of the United States and dreams of success and riches in a world dominated by wizards of electronic music. Ben's story zips and lurches along in dislocating jump-cuts that are so over-engineered that the story line is lost in a confusing morass of seemingly unconnected details. There's too much emphasis on being cool, and not enough emphasis on craftsmanship.

    

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Paperback Editions

May 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tonguing the Zeitgeist
Author(s): Lance Olsen
ISBN: 1-882633-04-0 / 978-1-882633-04-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permeable Pr
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