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rank 5908
word count 46534
date submitted 25.05.2012
date updated 25.05.2012
genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historic...
classification: universal

Postcards of the Hanging

Jonny Pulp

Fictionalised account of Bob Dylan's life as told to a ghost spirit of a lynched black guy. From Russia to 9/11.


Framed by the song 'Desolation Row' the novel is a conversation between two guys in a bar. One tells his story as a series of dreamlike episodes, the other prods and comments, moves in and out of the narratives lke a judge. The story is a double of Dylan's, but the lyrics aren't his and Dylan is never named. Part 1 is about the build up - lays out the themes of torment that the performer is trying to shape. Part 2 reveals the torments that are shaped, and the way the ghosts from the past, and from his Russian/lithuanian heritage conjure up the logic of dreams that also block out his own life story. The conceit of the postcards is used to ensure that throughout everything, his success and failure, is threatened by a humilation and damnation located in histories beyond the personal - American racism, power, rampant capitalism. The book is focused on his relationship with his business manager and his creativity. That is where the drama gets played out, as well as through his maimed relationships with the various women who are both attracted and repulsed by him. Turns out he's haunted by his own ghosts.

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Sheena Macleod wrote 387 days ago

Jonny, Wow, I really like this- I really like Dylan too -
This is good, and very imaginative. The postcard is sheer genius. I was drawn by the short and long pitches to read "Postcards of the hanging"- these would definitely have me picking this book up in a bookstore. I would buy this.
Chapter two is very different from chapter one. I expected more of Sam Long - back in chapter three.
This is a very complex and interesting read. A social commentary and deep insights into human behaviour and relationships.

Suggestion - In chapter one -consider putting the father's story of the lynching/circus into italics.This would aid the flow and help the reader- Also, as they are musings or past reflections then italics give it a different ambience from the main storyline.
Sam Long a ghost?? of one of the lynched dead guys???
Large chapters
The odd edit issue- but minor- and easily sorted
High stars from me, and will continue to read on. I read up to 2 ( peeked at three).
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