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P.O. Box 80, Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276
by James Chapman
$12.00 217 pp. ISBN 1-879193-07-8
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Daughter! I Forbid Your Recurring Dream!
Chronicling the inner life of a fiercely independent, idealistic outsider, this intriguing but obscure experimental novel explores the paradoxical nature of human consciousness in a perplexing, ever-changing world. Frieda, the narrator and eponymous "daughter," opens the novel, speaking as a fetus from an Edenic state of unbounded freedom and perception in which she can "create anything." ...The stream of consciousness narration, which shifts in style and tone as Frieda ages, provides its own unique momentum. ...Flashes of philosophical brilliance and surreal humor in Chapman's prose amply reward the reader's attention.
What makes Frieda's monologues so chilling is that they are almost strictly imagistic....amidst Frieda's mental rubble, one finds stunning evidence of life's ephemerality--a twist of crepe paper, a landscape of lost orange buttons, a roll of exposed film, a scrap of forgotten sentences. These relics simulate the haunting objects that Joseph Cornell displayed in his famous containers, allowing the reader to feel the sickness of Frieda's nostalgia.... Chapman engages in fragmented chronology [and] mischievous wordplay to ensure that his coming-of-age story of a young woman named Frieda remains delightfully illusive.
Chapman's book is definitely one to look out for; his narrative has a dream-like and compulsive clarity.
Arresting juxtapositions of objects and attitudes make one sit attentively as the mind absorbs the combinations.... A novel imbued with subtleties, insidious... The microcosmic dreamscript must be followed in its slow moving intricacies, its delightful perversities.
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