Up and Rising Down
Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means
William T. Vollmann
book is a Vollmann essay; an abridgment of his 3,500 page, seven-volume
compendium on violence. It has been called far-seeing, monumental,
imaginative, horrific, and without compromise. It is all these things
and, to my surprise, this scholarly tome is very readable.
doubt that I would even attempt the seven volume version, but this
abridgement certainly gives the reader a lot to think about and
a system to help you decide when violence is justified, be it war,
homicide, revenge, or punishment.
has been violent throughout history in wars of mass destruction,
in personal vendettas, and in self defense. Vollmann led me through
that history, and I followed willingly. His words flow with a magnetic
pull of grandiose wisdom that kept me glued to the pages. Having
read this book will surely give me new insight into the excuses
that people and governments use for killing, and the sovereignty
of self. I was so thoroughly entertained by this National Book Critics
Circle Award Finalist that I really want to check out Vollmann's
fiction...hoping for some equally mesmerizing reading.
Beverly J. Rowe