Ike Parrish understands something that most do not, that the past and the present are woven together and exist within the same space of time, with the vast history of the river's lifetime playing out for the current players. Water and Abandon shows the passion for character and the strength of words crafted carefully into long-winded passages.
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The story grows like a force building up momentum like a storm-swelled river, until everything comes crashing together in a roaring climax. The river holds the key, and the characters will be drawn to it. It will not be what anyone expected. The novel ends on a heavy cliffhanger and leaves more questions than it answers.
The book will tease you with the answers, then take it away, until the point that you will be left wondering what really did happen to Kelsey Little. The title is somewhat literal, as the Sicangu River is constant throughout the narrations. I struggled a lot with finding peace with such an idea, with the paradox only being explained by a sense of Purgatory on Earth.
All in all, Water and Abandon is a novel full of poetic writing that will move and inspire the reader. You will love this novel while hating it, cherish it and want it to end in turn, in the same way that water is both bringer and taker of life.
Nov 11, Ryan rated it liked it. I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second half. So why all the rising action that leads off a cliff to nowhere? Is this the point? We will never know the full stories? All we have is each other, and pain, and we are all connected and have to help us through this thing called life together by listening but never understanding?
I guess I enjoyed the process of reading, but I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone I know, unless they were prepared for a super deep, dark, depressing, artistic, and largely unresolved, challenging read. But sometimes as a reader I at least want a hint of that.
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Krumwiede began his project amid the recession. Embedded in his fiction is a key lesson from the subprime mortgage crisis, which laid waste to large swaths of the suburban nation. This lesson also lies at the heart of the Make America Great Again narrative. The debris of the bust became an evergreen story during the downturn, with writer after writer calling for reassessments of the suburban frontier.
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Krumwiede builds the housing in his neighborhood estates not from stacks of two-by-fours and drywall, but from the bounty of model homes types — an intellectual resource long overlooked by critics and practitioners alike. For example, the Walden eight neighborhood farm estate in Section 14 comprises 16 houses assembled in two closed loops; at the center of each loop is a shared green space and water feature.
The premise is as perverse as it is postmodern: the object of singularity, the single family home, is packed tight into figural villages. In certain cases, Krumwiede doubles down on his postmodernism, producing seamless Photoshop illustrations that sneak his mashed-up McMansions into the backgrounds of paintings of idyllic country life. The township drawings pay homage to the concept of the phalanstery, a self-supporting utopian enclave first conceived by French philosopher Charles Fourier in the early 19th century.
As a building compound, the phalanstery is meant to combine aspects of both urban and rural life, with different areas for labor, leisure, and living set within a greater landscape. While texts in the Atlas suggest a communal society, the images depict a social stratification left over from another time: farmworkers and gentlepeople, with little in between. He never answers what work looks like in this other America? How do his Americans support themselves at the intersection of urban and rural life? Late in life, Ledoux produced a series of visionary sketches illustrating the concept of architecture parlante.
Koolhaas suggests the opposite. These regions have been reshaped by the same changes immigration, mechanization that have affected the United States, inspiring anti-immigrant sentiment and conditioning the appeal of MAGA.
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