Goodreads Review: Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem

Amnesia MoonAmnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have several recurring dreams that haunt me. One that I have at least once a month has me living in a rotten, fetid house. There’s mold, insects, falling beams, trash…a vile, vile place. And according to that dream, I have lived there for some time.

I’ve never been able to understand why I have this dream. What does it represent? I’ve consulted those silly dream books, watched a few things, and thumbed through a few new agey magazines. Should I buy the pyramid power cap or not? I am leaning towards “yes.”

Lucid dreaming was a skill I possessed when I was young, but it has faded with time, much like my ability to digest spicy foods properly. If you have experienced lucid dreaming, then you know the power of being able to mold complete dreamscapes and worlds to your liking.

Amnesia Moon is Lethem’s lucid dream, albeit more nightmarish than you might expect. He weaves several versions of the apocalypse into a strange and surreal story that reads like an alternate universe version of Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road as if it was written by Phillip K. Dick. You’re often on shaky ground as a reader, never quite sure of what is the true reality, and what it is leading too.

So as I sit in my rotting house, I look to my pile of moldy books. Ah, Amnesia Moon. I think I’ll give it another read, at least until this dreams turns into the one where I forgot to wear pants to school.

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7 thoughts on “Goodreads Review: Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem”

  1. Interesting — you know I’d be willing to give him another shot — I wasn’t a big fan of Motherless Brooklyn. It was a disappointment because he’s a brilliant short story writer. Thanks for the review.

    1. I agree and interestingly enough, Amnesia Moon came out of several short stories. In many ways, it is a completely different from novel writing. Not a surprise, when you look at his history.

  2. I’ve never read anything by Letham before, but this sounds really interesting especially because I love Philip K. Dick’s dream-inspired novels. Definitely putting this book on my “to-read” list.

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