“The Divine Farce” is Michael S.A. Graziano’s third book, and his second novel. His first novel, as you may recall, was the award-winning “The Love Song of Monkey,” a short but fascinating book which I reviewed here. ”The Divine Farce” is actually much shorter, weighing in at only 125 pages, and it is equally as fascinating, repulsing and thought provoking as his earlier work.
“The Divine Farce” is about a man who awakens with two other strangers in a concrete room so small that they can’t sit down. Nourished by a light stream of pear nectar and allowed only the smallest of movements, they are trapped together for all eternity. Or are they? So begins a story of love, hate, fear, and quite possibly redemption.
As I mentioned before, this is a short book. However, not a word is wasted in this masterpiece. Yes, I call it that. I have read many classics, and I can tell you that “The Divine Farce” should be counted among them; the finest in American literature.
Why? Because, every single page will blow your mind. It is one of the most original and thought provoking stories I have ever read. Even now, having finished it, I find myself picking it up and reading over passages again, and thinking of the message within. This is the mark of true literary art: it will stay with you long after you have finished the final word.
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