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by Andrei Codrescu

When two extraordinary young women--Felicity, a Creole orphan, and Andrea, an escapee from a Serbian POW camp--meet in New Orleans in December 1999, they realize that together they are destined to embody the Messiah as Armageddon rages across the World. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
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ISBN: 0684803143
ISBN13: 978-0684803142
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Andrei Codrescu
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (February 19, 1999)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1417 kb
FB2 size: 1202 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 841
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Codrescu is a writer I've loved for decades, and I'm just now discovering his novels. His fiction feels similar to Neil Gaiman's, but darker. Funnier. Messiah will reveal to you that perhaps Codrescu is the soothsayer with the highest accuracy. Either that, or he's got his own wheel. Messiah definitely begs for re-read after re-read, as does The Blood Countess.
[email protected] is a tumultuous little novel, set in New Orleans during late December and early January 2000, Codrescu has turned his dark wit on millenialism, a gathering of angels, a Baptist preacher bent on triggering Armaggedon, body piercing, airline food, reading, virtual sex and gumbo. Oh, and voodoo, jazz, Ovid, Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, international chemical industries, the Holy Land, the Balkans and the Basques. This one is pretty wild, folks. The author, whose imagination is lurid and Dante-esque, seems comfortably at home in the strangeness that is New Orleans, and this tale is as sensual and alarming as a Mardi Gras parade. I should include this caveat: [email protected] is not for the timid. But it is a lot of fun, and troops the reader through multiple worlds, both tangible and cyber. Dr. Strangelove in drag? Gone With The Wind in the New Jerusalem? Alice in Wonderland with a pierced navel.
If Heinlein's _Stranger in a Strange Land_ got mugged by Angela Carter's _Wise Children_, _Messiah_ might be the result.

Felicity starts out on a crusade to avenge herself upon the sleazy TV evangelist who ripped off her grandmother, but instead gets caught up in the apocalypse, which is staged to begin in Felicity's hometown of New Orleans. Along the way, we meet a bunch of religious scholars who enjoy telling stories about trickster figures, a stressed-out angel overwhelmed by divine bureaucracy and, last but not least, an amnesiac war orphan who keeps changing her biographical details.

For those familiar with Codrescu's dada preoccupations with language, history, and tricksters, _Messiah_ is as much of a crazy celebration as Mardi Gras in New Orleans; for those who are looking for a story that is out of the ordinary, look no further. However, those readers who prefer a sensible linear narrative may find this story a bit too far out to be satisfying.
Proclaiming intimate & archival knowledge of 'le moyen appropos' to usher in anything BUT a comfort zone to immersion in the New Millenium, Andrei Codrescu's [email protected] is both skillfully and 'awe-fully' cloaked in intrigue and hilarious histrionics. Bodies and souls of countless harbingers of etrange scenarios plumply pile together in seemingly liquid compatibility. I,for one, couldn't rest until I had devoured it in voracious hunger, cover to cover virtually non-stop,heeding only the needs of nature! Felicity's excitingly crafted adventures could endure yet another aeon, suits me fine. She steals the stage and shares it equally well. Open to any page she shines her thoughts on-- for instance on Miles and the famed musicians of New Orleans: "they made beautiful music, but they had sad hearts and made mistakes as large as their lives." Oftimes in the role of a she-dog in heat, she yet exhudes a deep compassion. Gotta love her! The slippery similitudes of plottings and fancy, fashion a fitting allegorical shroud for reader and acumenous storyteller alike! Profound searching may yet prove you've not really lived `til you've flown over the abyss on the wings of this ingeniously portrayed version of an unlikely savioresse. Now freed from Pandora's spell by reading, Codrescu's labyrinth of bizarre characters allow me no ennui of peace. For this unique espionage of the continuum I stand grateful. They reduce my dreams to simple possession; or at best mystic captivation. Pendulums balance shows this incomparable 'oeuvre de siecle' firmly grounded in its earthy muck 'n mire as a fragrant lotus offering in a refreshing new genre of literature. From a space decidedly beyond the veil-in-time my enthrallment is completed by the staunch promise from all [email protected]'s inhabitants to haunt my presence ceaselessly with effervescent naughtiness. The escape hatch is not opening, gasping for breath,I succumb and I'm hooked!
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In which the reviewer pans a book that wasn't completely without merit.
Novel premise, interesting beginning, confused and out of character middle, sappy sitcom-like ending. How about some character development? The best books chronicle how their main character(s) learn from the experiences in the book, how they change to overcome obstacles. In Messiah, we see Felicity develop from two-dimensional to, well, two dimensional. Andrea learns that she can cause group climaxes -- gee whiz! She's been through hell on earth, been raped, had her family slaughtered, lost her home, and the best insight we get from Codrescu is that she thinks she might have whored it for four years. Well, at least it was titilating!
The best thing about this book is that it lets (no, it _forces_) readers to draw their own conclusions about every aspect of the story. But then, what part does the author play? Perhaps a mere conduit -- a medium through which the story is told without commentary. But who will channel Hermes once Major Notz dumps Carbon?
What a great book this could have been!
This is not a bad book if what you're looking for is primarily titilation. But if you want a quality millenium novel with a little more intellectual substance, a more sophisticated plot, and far-greater psychological suspense, tension and drama, I highly recommend THE LAST DAY, by Glenn Kleier--the best of the thirteen millennium novels I've read to date. In fact, one of the most provocative, surprising and exciting stories I've ever read.