Journey to Virginland: Epistle 1

Journey to Virginland Epistle Brimming with black humor and piercing satire at turns picaresque and epistolary Journey to Virginland explores the breakneck paradigm shifts of the st century navigating through the morass with

  • Title: Journey to Virginland: Epistle 1
  • Author: Armen Melikian
  • ISBN: 9781935097518
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brimming with black humor and piercing satire, at turns picaresque and epistolary, Journey to Virginland explores the breakneck paradigm shifts of the 21st century, navigating through the morass with the guidance of Dog, the novel s loutish yet wise antihero Through a devilishly iconoclastic story line, Dog parses the key cultural and religious failures that have made forBrimming with black humor and piercing satire, at turns picaresque and epistolary, Journey to Virginland explores the breakneck paradigm shifts of the 21st century, navigating through the morass with the guidance of Dog, the novel s loutish yet wise antihero Through a devilishly iconoclastic story line, Dog parses the key cultural and religious failures that have made for a world held hostage by hyper capitalism, consumerism, and post 9 11 realpolitik on the one hand, and an ominous resurgence of nationalism and religious extremism on the other.Yet far from basking in a prospect of doom, Dog embarks on an impassioned quest for identity and meaning, ultimately proposing an exuberant, decidedly life affirming vision of human transformation.With its vibrant style, kaleidoscopic yet highly calibrated thematic diversity, and, ultimately, unfettered sense of humanity, Journey to Virginland establishes itself as a groundbreaking literary enterprise and a true original.

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    1. I came across this book at BEA. On Friday they were apparently being pushed pretty hard, on Saturday when I was there I happened to find one left behind so I picked it up. Until sometime after I posted this review originally I thought that it was being published by Penguin. I was wrong. It's being put out by Trafford Publishing, which is a self-publishing firm owned by Penguin (the verso page says, A Penguin Books Company, it says this on the title page, too) Initially, I was very irritated that [...]

    2. You know, I rather enjoyed this impenetrable, inflammatory screed of a novel, despite the author's repeated attempts to convince me otherwise. It was probably a bit didactic for my taste, and few of its postulations were really all that mind-blowing, but where it didn't get bogged down in its own sprawling discourse or self-righteous sense of purpose, the style, wit, and imagination on display were nevertheless enough to lift this unwieldy amalgamation of satire and philosophy up out of its own [...]

    3. While I hesitate to discount any book based solely on description, etc, I am making an exception in this case. The description of the story itself does sound interesting, but when you include the following as your giveaway listing, you are just asking to be panned."Enter ONLY IF you love 1. reading a book with highly advanced vocabulary, 2. thinking all along, 3. doing a very serious reading (its NOT a light read), 4. grappling with philosophical concepts and your philosophy of life and morality [...]

    4. I keep seeing this on the giveaways page, then I started reading some reviews to see if other people find this author as irritating as I do. And they do! A few times the author has even responded to these criticisms with some of the same gibberish crap I assume is in this book.First, I despise authors who want to make their book seem like something only the elite and truly intelligent could possibly understand. The rest of us are just the stupid little people who really don't matter anyway, thro [...]

    5. This fictional account of the character Dog took me on a physiological journey to places, ideas, metaphors, and wonders that I could only dream about. Dog is on a journey to find the implications of life and self discovery. He is a very deep and unrefined character that invades our own ideas and understandings concerning topics of religion, politics, sexuality, men, women, and leadership. I read every book with a completely open mind and allow the author through their characters interact with me [...]

    6. I’m not philosophical.I try to be.I am not a scientist, or a mathematician, despite working on a Masters degree.I don’t read a lot of sci-fi -futuristic type novels.But, I try to be open minded about them.When I requested to be a part of the read and review group for Journey to Virginland Epistle 1, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.None.At first it was really hard for me to get a grasp on. I was intrigued by this life of Dog and the quest for life and its meaning. I like t [...]

    7. Just received my PDF copy of the book - what quick and commendable service! I look forward to getting to it on my eReaderTER ONI received this book for free on ' First Reads giveaway.I tried really hard with this book. I haven't had this hard a time with a book since I tried to read White Fang and Gulliver's Travels when I was seven. The story looked interesting enough - that's why I entered. The prologue seemed interesting enough - this looked like a good story. As soon as the real book starts, [...]

    8. Disclaimer: This book was awarded to me in a LibraryThing giveaway. I was asked to provide a review in return.I'm only halfway through this book so far, so I might add more to the review once I'm finished, but there are some things I need to address.Here's a quick lesson how not to do self-promotion. The text from the first giveaway has appeared in several reviews. I'd recommend you read it as well. When I entered the giveaway, I was looking for a book that was more than fluff, more than YA vamp [...]

    9. Ordinarily I wouldn’t think twice about rating a book poorly and rattling off the reasons why I didn’t like it, but I won this in a giveaway, and the author was even nice enough to sign the book for me, so I feel a little guilty at the thought of saying, for instance, that the book’s humor is sophomoric and predictable, or that its ideas have previously been explored by many other writers with better style and wit. I like the author’s ambition (but not the pomposity of its presentation) [...]

    10. Conceptually, this book should be great. It challenges life as we know it, touching important issues such as feminism, communism vs. capitalism, adultery, religion, and the relationship between love and wealth. The non-linear prose seems reminiscent of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and the complex vernacular suggests highly intellectual analysis is required. In reality though, I didn’t really enjoy this book and in fact, only made it about half-way through. This is a big deal for me because [...]

    11. I found this to be one of the most unique and most extraordinary books I have ever read. Have you ever listened to a song, saw a movie, read a book, that was so powerful and meant so much, and you gained so much from that tiny little piece of imagination the songwriter/author/filmmaker, shared with you, that you wished you could personally thank him or her? That is how this book was to me after finishing it.This book and I had a love/hate relationship at first, and after understanding what the a [...]

    12. I don't have much to say about this book, but I received it through the First Reads giveaway on this site. After reading a few of the reviews on here, I became wary of the content in Journey to Virginland: Catena, but I wanted to give it chance. I will admit, though, that the author has made a nice attempt at breaking new grounds in the realm of literature, and it is quite an innovative idea. Most writers wouldn't dare to try something different. In addition, the ideas presented in this book do [...]

    13. Did the synopsis leave you confused? Do not worry, me too! Let me put what this book is about in normal people terms : Some really smart guy, the author, uses really big words in a dystopian type of book. He pulls from all the cultural differences that the world has and lays them out for us using literature. The author portrays the main character, Dog, as a single traveling man who is caught up in all the bias the world places on one another. As I read the novel I could honestly say I could pinp [...]

    14. I have received this book for free through First Reads.I found this book very interesting. It won’t be just a book you’ve read, trust me. It has some very cool elements in it and they definitely have their appeal. Like the map at the beginning of the book. It has all these funny names, like Shakespearessex and Alpacinoland. In the book he also mentioned Pornstan, really cool.The book itself was very funny. It had great lines like “”I command you to be obedient to a husband,” they say [...]

    15. This book is many things, one of which is a very intriguing read, and not one for those who like light and airy writing. Journey is sad and funny and altogether crushing at times. The author is really an amazing writer.The subject of the book is an extremely smart but loutish and character known simply as Dog.Dog pursues the answers to his questions about life, his place on Earth and other such subjects and does so at an unrelenting pace. His quest for identity and meaning in the universe causes [...]

    16. Let me preface my review by saying that this book, while it is very good, is not for someone that is a light reader. I read a lot, and found myself re-reading portions so I could understand what was going on. Having said that, this book was absolutely intriguing and if you stick with it, I think you will really enjoy it. This book is a definite page turner and very fast paced, so you have to keep up!Dog is the character created in the book and is drifting about in a dreamland called The Republic [...]

    17. I read a lot of light fiction these days, mostly due to the fact that my recreational reading time is not as much as it used to be. When I was offered the chance to review Journey To Virginland I was thrilled to have an excuse to pick up a book with some depth and grit. I am most definitely NOT disappointed to have vested the time and thought that I did in this book!!!This tale of dog explores the hypocrisy that we all seem so willing to pass a blind eye to as we meander through life. While I fo [...]

    18. This book was way beter than i thought mna let me tell you if i could explain life within a book it would be this book. It just let me thinking and dreaming of hoq our qorld might turn to this one of the days, and that would suck alot Most of all this book help me understand more about civilization and how we all can't pick side sometimes it good to be the middle man so both side will understand each other so this book not only open my eyes to the world but shown me another side to the world som [...]

    19. Armen Melikian's "Journey to Virginland: Catena" is one of the more unusual parodies/satires written in a while. The book follows Dog on his travels through the ancestral Virginland as we explore this world & the oddities within it. In this world that Melikian has created countries are redone within a sexual contrast & the characters themselves are products of it. The story itself if you can follow the satire & get over the references isn't a bad one to read even though Dog's charact [...]

    20. I won this book through good reads first reads for free.I have one word "heavy"Deep and thought provoking material that is sure to get your mind working overtime.Loved itank you Armen

    21. "Great book, kept me reading from beginning to end. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a creative, entertaining read. The world's history in a different light, according to Dog."

    22. journeytovirginland/tePUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "Dog vs. God. In an iconoclastic story, Dog demolishes the foundations of Western civilization." READER VIEWS: "A book that is completely different than anything that I have ever read before."--Page LovittREBECCA'S READS: "A book unlike any other. A very intelligently written, original work of fiction. A book quite out of the ordinary."--Kam Aures FORWARD REVIEWS: "An engrossing, brillantly crafted readIn his ambitious novel, Journey to Virginland: Epistl [...]

    23. It took me forever to read this book. It is not an easy read or even an approachable read. You must really dedicate yourself to immersing in the language and style. Just like a Fantasy novelist creates a culture and world for their characters to flourish in, this author created words and experimental literature techniques to present a mirror of history and politics. I enjoyed reading something completely different from what I usually choose to read.That being said, the actual ideas conveyed coul [...]

    24. 3.5SPOILER FREE REVIEWIn compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I've received the book for free through First Reads.First, I would like to thank the author, publishing company and for the opportunity to read and review this book.I won't lie, the fist thing that caught my attention in this book, was the cover. It's so pretty, simple but also intricate , just like the novel to me.I don't go into books with much expectations on it. This book was a very pleasant read, but I would not tell [...]

    25. I have to say when I originally read the book cover to this book I was excited to get my hands on it. However on starting it I found the book to be rather confusing to me. I held out thinking it would begin to make sense but by the third chapter I realized I was in over my head. I had I really hard time following the book and was perpetually confused though out the entire read even after rereading several passages I was still lost. Though the book is well written for someone of my average intell [...]

    26. First I have to say that I won this book on Good Reads.Once I started, I was greatly disappointed. Is this book different from anything else you are likely to read? Yes. Does it have its own language, syntax, vocabulary, and pace? Yes. Does it try to be provocative? Yes. Is it any good? Absolutely not. From the promotional materials provided, I can only gather that the author thinks very highly of himself and his intellect. However, the bulk of the book sets our to skewer any belief and/or polit [...]

    27. - My Description -I think the character was supposed to see a dog that talks to him?The dog didn't really exist. He also thought he was a dog?- My Review -I don't know what the hell this book was supposed to be. It left me flabbergasted and confused. I didn't get very far into this one until I gave up. I hate giving up on a book, but will in extreme circumstances. This was an extreme circumstance.The author wrote in run-on sentences.He also completely forgot to capitalize letters of the alphabet [...]

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