Sophia

Sophia You ll smile with joy turning every page Barry HannahReverend Maloney isn t the world s greatest spiritual advisor He drinks gin out of his coffee cup and has sex dreams about the Holy Ghost His best

  • Title: Sophia
  • Author: Michael Bible
  • ISBN: 9781612194721
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • You ll smile with joy turning every page Barry HannahReverend Maloney isn t the world s greatest spiritual advisor He drinks gin out of his coffee cup and has sex dreams about the Holy Ghost His best friend Eli isn t perfect either, but he s a chess genius, so Maloney sees an opportunity in traveling around the country so Eli can win major chess tournament after ches You ll smile with joy turning every page Barry HannahReverend Maloney isn t the world s greatest spiritual advisor He drinks gin out of his coffee cup and has sex dreams about the Holy Ghost His best friend Eli isn t perfect either, but he s a chess genius, so Maloney sees an opportunity in traveling around the country so Eli can win major chess tournament after chess tournament while Maloney pockets Eli s winnings.Chased by a blind headhunter named Jack Cataract, the Reverend, his girlfriend, and Eli race across North America and around New York City, from Washington Square Park to a jetski ride to the great green gown of Lady Liberty.In this uproariously funny, unabashedly sexy, and highly anticipated novel, Michael Bible delivers a devastating story about the American South, chess tournaments, and one debaucherous reverend s struggle with spirituality In the spirit of Nicholson Baker and Barry Hannah, Sophia is an adventure with a raunchy and obviously flawed cast of characters, written with enormous heart.From the Trade Paperback edition.

    One thought on “Sophia”

    1. Wild ride of a stream of consciousness novel. The voice of the narrator Maloney has a cadence like a Holy Roller. So glad Liberty rec'd this on an All the Books! episode otherwise I might have missed it.

    2. It's always fun to read the fiction of someone who used to sell you fiction. It seems to me that should be more inevitable than it is, but never mind, this is one hell of a read."I'm a holy fool on the hunt for something worthy."Sophia pretty much opens with that, and what follows delivers on that promise. I could namedrop Barry Hannah here, but this book has two little legs of it's own to stand on (albeit with a wobbly, boozy, I'm-too-southern-to-be-an-existentialist swagger, soooo. maybe Barry [...]

    3. Put C.D. Wright and Warren Ellis into a blender. Pull out the disjointed poetics of Wright and mash them with the unforgiving urban imagery of Ellis, now watch the story happen.What starts out as a rough stream of conscious novel turns into a beautiful and haunting jaunt into the inner-workings of reverend who is trying to find the best way to die.I wish I didn't have to loan my copy to others to read; else I would have so many highlighted lines to munch and mull over.

    4. I'm glad I first read Bible's 'Simple Machines', if only to get a sense of his emphasis on provocative sentences. 'Sophia' is compiled of such sentences, but to a narrative effect that demands a second and third read of this short novel. No spoiler here, but all the beauty, hedonism, and irreverence of this story wait until the final sentence of the book to come into true revelatory blossom.

    5. This is a weird book. It’s certainly not what I expected. However, I enjoy some weirdness now and then so I kept reading. Overall, I did not like Michael Bible’s Sophia. Its oddness irritated me and I did not find it charming.This is the story (and I use the word “story” loosely) of Reverend Maloney and his chess champion friend Eli. They live in the South. They drink and enjoy illegal substances and chase women. Reverend Maloney has sex dreams about a female Holy Ghost. Together, Eli an [...]

    6. The Preacher as problem childIs so over and overThe Bible is a bookWritten by (a) flawed man/menIt reads from left to rightWho exactly scribed itEveryone and no oneA collaboration or solitary acolyteAnd what we are left withA collection of shady storiesProphets like watereverywhereWino spelled backward is ApostleMiracles a contact highunrealBefore there was a BibleHumans acted instinctivelyWrong and right were natural bornNot one damn preacherParables were burned in the fireAs one worshiped self [...]

    7. The Barry Hannah blurb got me to read this quirky effort. I liked it well enough that I'll try some of the author's other books. That said, this didn't seem like much more than a collection of clever aphorisms and down-homey local color anecdotes strung together in something resembling a plot.

    8. It kind of reminded me of Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America," only with chess, instead. Nice stream of consciousness/absurd.

    9. Unfiltered Southern Goth-RaunchIn the 1960's I was very much influenced by Richard Brautigan, whose left-coast, summer of love pieces and books, ("Trout Fishing in America"), featured humor, imagination and endlessly inventive metaphors. Brautigan's heroes were often naive lost souls who muddled through, or were bemused by, the culture around them. I thought of Brautigan while I was reading this book, and it seems to me that the comparison is passingly fair.Bible's characters are more energetic [...]

    10. "Every woman's a feminist until they need a jar of pickles opened."The narrator is clearly out of his mind - which makes this book a great read.

    11. My feeling is this book tries, and in many ways succeeds,to emulate Barry Hannah's Ray. But outside the literary and social landscape the 1980 south, the provocations just aren't provocative. Nothing lands. It's like a caricature of someone I've never heard of before.

    12. This book was a littleout there for my tastes, if I'm being honest. It was almost a novelized version of the "Trashin' the Camp" scene in Tarzan, with so much going on that you kind of forget that it's forming a cohesive whole until you pan out. In truth, it wasn't until the last 10 pages or so that things finally began to click. It's a short read, and though I probably won't ever pick it up again, I can see the appeal, to the right kind of audience. I don't think I was exactly that audience, th [...]

    13. I read this for the Read Harder Challenge I'm participating in (read a book about religion, fiction or nonfiction). I wanted to choose something that was out of my comfort zone. This was well written with a lot of great lines, Every woman's a feminist until they need a jar of pickles opened, he says.. I'm glad I read it, but it was a depressing book for me so I wasn't quite sure how to rate it.

    14. SO, SO HORRIBLE!! This is what I get for choosing a book with the idea "Hey, a nice short book, this will be a great in-between choice" Nothing happened (nothing clear, anyway) Maloney was an idiot, and/or high, and/or crazy, plus an alcoholic, sex-addicted, criminal priest. HORRIBLE!! One day I will learn to be more selective in my book choices. But for today, I suffered thru the entire 120 LONG, torturous pages

    15. I love poetry so I loved the language and cadence of this book. However I just didn't get it. I feel like I need to read it again to see if I missed something or if Maloney is just looney but yeah More 3.5 but not a 4 for me.

    16. This was an odd book and it took me a while to get into the prose style. I'd like to revisit it and I think I'd get a lot more out of it. I did love the visuals and the imagination of the main character. He's depraved but quite vivid in his descriptions.

    17. A very strange book. Read it while tripping on acid as that seems to be the state the author was in when he wrote it. Don't read it if you are sensitive to criticism of organized religion.

    18. A debauched priest tugs along this manic story through short paragraphs of insane thoughts that piece together a frolicsome adventure.

    19. It had some great lines but the way it was written was a bit confusing. I kinda took it like a series of vignettes. Great jumping point for writing exercises though.

    20. Stream of consciousness- so not my favorite style, but also not done very well. I didn't like any of the characters and it was hard to discern what was real or not.

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