Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I'd read and admired Crace before--Quarantine was the novel, and it ranks as my fave Jesus novel after Robert Graves' King Jesus. The stories in Continent are reminiscent of the work of other fabulists like John Hawkes, Calvino, Hrabal, or Borges. The stories are peculiar and deliciously mysterious. Crace's world is more than a little bit different from the one we inhabit, but is absolutely convincing. The book is only 140pages long but I spent several days savoring it.