A highly unlikely scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza employee’s guide to saving the world DB 78399
Let me say first that if you are looking for a straightforward story, whose plot unfolds from point A to point B in a logical manner, and whose characters act and react in ways you will find believable, then this emphatically is not the book for you. Most rules just …don’t apply.
In some ways, this book is difficult to describe, perhaps because by its very nature, it resists being pinned down. Perhaps because it is divided into *really* short chapters, it seems disjointed, although it isn’t. In addition, each chapter is more like a separate little scene than a continuation of what came before, but, in fact, each of these little scenes does move the story forward. While reading it, I felt more like I was looking at a handful of separate photographs than I was watching a book movie in my mind, and until I got used to that, I was disoriented.
However, I couldn’t quite give up on the book, either, and now I’m glad I didn’t. For one thing, I was enchanted by the lovely, sometimes lyrical, writing, that has more of poetry than prose in it. For another, despite not being done in the usual way, the main characters, living and …not … are lovingly and beautifully drawn, and I found myself caring about them, and wanting to follow them through their admittedly very strange adventures to find out how things are resolved. In respect to resolution, this book is completely and delightfully satisfying.
Now, for the plot. Well, it has elements of the surreal, of street theater, of theater of the absurd, and of the fantastic, and I mean that in its traditional, not genre, sense.
Imagine a world where each major ancient philosophical “school” has its own fast food franchise (yes, you read that right), a somewhat Orwellian society, with a “leader”, chimp monk police patrols, (who, nevertheless carry “justice sticks” with which they beat people), and where time, mysticism, space and other cosmic rules are extremely fluid. Now, insert some people who, despite certain … talents … are very much like people we have all met, put it all in a salad tosser, and … see what you get. BTW, you, as the reader, are also placed in the salad tosser, with salad constantly moving all around you, and your job is to keep track of each bit of stuff.
In retrospect, this book deals with some very thought provoking issues, about how the Universe works, about various schools of mysticism, (and how similar, for example, Jewish Cabalistic and Tibetan mysticism are), and about what makes relationships and the strength of love. All in all, I enjoyed this little book, and I have a suspicion that, as its ideas sink in, I’ll keep enjoying it, for a very long time.