The Pisstown Chaos

The Pisstown Chaos The Pisstown Chaos is a novel about disease and forced relocation Political power seems to be solely in the hands of one Reverend Herman Hooker an American Divine who revels in the peoples suffering

  • Title: The Pisstown Chaos
  • Author: David Ohle
  • ISBN: 9780979663673
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pisstown Chaos is a novel about disease and forced relocation Political power seems to be solely in the hands of one Reverend Herman Hooker, an American Divine who revels in the peoples suffering as they are shifted separated from and then randomly coupled with one another by decree every five years There are up shifts, down shifts, and side shifts, but noThe Pisstown Chaos is a novel about disease and forced relocation Political power seems to be solely in the hands of one Reverend Herman Hooker, an American Divine who revels in the peoples suffering as they are shifted separated from and then randomly coupled with one another by decree every five years There are up shifts, down shifts, and side shifts, but no attempt to make harmonious pairings Chaos rages on as parasitic infestations spread and the Reverend rules with an iron fist from his Templex headquarters, spouting platitudes to the ever moving masses.

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    About “David Ohle”

    1. David Ohle

      David Ohle is an American writer, novelist, and a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence After receiving his M.A from KU, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1975 to 1984 In 2002 he began teaching fiction writing and screenwriting as a part time lecturer at the University of Kansas His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, the Transatlantic Review, Paris Review, and Harper s, among other magazines.While it remained out of print for over thirty years, his first novel Motorman initially published in 1972 gathered a quiet cult following, was circulated through photocopies, and went on to become an influence to a generation of American writers such as Shelley Jackson and Ben Marcus.His subsequent novels The Age of Sinatra 2004 , The Pisstown Chaos 2008 and The Old Reactor 2013 take place in the same dystopian setting as Motorman Ohle s fiction is often described as weird, surreal and experimental His own influences include Leonora Carrington, Philip K Dick, Flann O Brien, and Raymond Roussel.

    892 thoughts on “The Pisstown Chaos”

    1. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)As regular readers know, I am actually in the process these days of teaching myself to be a better reviewer and critic; and a lot of that, I've discovered, involves no more than trying to keep as open a mind as possible, to try to approach your reviews with intelligence and respect for the various differ [...]


    2. If you are the sort of person who would go into a library and pick up a dystopian phantasmagoria with a title like The Pisstown Chaos, if you've only heard of the author in passing reference to a novel he wrote in the seventies, if you intentionally check it out anyway and devour it in two days -- if you are this sort of person, it is difficult to imagine your not being fairly delighted with the results here. David Ohle (who wrote Motorman in 1972, the only thing I knew about him) composes his p [...]


    3. Started off strong. Had some wonderfully funny and memorable characters, but lost my attention less than halfway through.


    4. The book has a lot to recommend it: published by a smaller indie publisher, full of chaotic social upheaval and absurdist reinventions of all our extant social ills. These things appeal to me. (See: George Saunders’ CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.) Alas, even those selling points were not enough to carry me through to the end of the book. Not that I didn’t finish reading it, but that I finished with a certain plodding resignation instead of the real pleasure I’d had when I started.In searchin [...]


    5. Well, it wasn't my favourite thing I've ever read, mostly because of the sparse style, but it was still interesting and enjoyable and quite, quite peculiar. Absurdist. I didn't realize when I bought it that it's part of a trilogy. I would say that it's actually fine as a standalone novel, although I might have more context if I pick up the other two in the trilogy, which I will probably do at some point in the near future. I was certainly happy to have stumbled upon this in Lawrence, KS, a few w [...]


    6. The nature of the world Ohle describes, with its frequent shiftings, forgettings, and outbreaks of chaos, precludes the kind of plotting that would allow this third novel to somehow provide a conclusion to a trilogy. Instead he offers us another ride into Bum Bay, Permaganate Island, and Pisstown itself. Stinkers, those near-dead who wander the landscape, play as large a role here as do the bowel movements of Ohle's characters. Very funny, very grim, and frequently repulsive. Excuse me, I have t [...]



    7. The most scatological, perhaps excessively scatological, part of the "Pedal-Punk Anti-Utopian" (c) trilogy. If I wasn't stuck in the middle of the woods of Western Mass, I doubt I would finish it.




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