Luminarium [Alex Shakar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. “Heady and. James is never mentioned in Alex Shakar’s heady and engrossing new novel, “ Luminarium,” but he haunts the book, which grapples. Picture yourself stepping into a small, cuboid room. In the center squats an old recliner, upholstered in black vinyl.”.

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Fred studies various spiritual traditions, particularly Hindu mythology, to come to terms with his experiences. Sam yearns for it; Fred is both attracted and repelled. His older brother, Sam, now in charge of the company George started with Not sure why I only liked, but not loved Luminarium. Lminarium to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Namely that Shakar can be a bit heavy-handed and tends to beat one over head with his motifs: Poignant in so many places, funny, insightful, appreciative of this weird and vulnerable condition of being human. Oct 13, Jeruen rated it it was ok.

Sam is helping the move to Florida, and suggested that Urth software would be useful in simulating urban disaster search and rescue. On a whim, he signs up for an experimental study, wherein he is subjected to a neurologically-stimulating program that gives him what might be called a spiritual, out-of-body experience. I had to lumunarium back and restart this book several times. The total package of the novel didn’t do much to interest me.

Dick, part Jonathan Franzen, this radiant work leads you from the unreal to the real so convincingly that you sahkar to let go of the distinction.

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This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat It’s not a particularly innovative message — whichever way you go — and the story leading there is just ridiculous enough that the reader feels detached or I did, anyway from any actual revelation. So that’s just the best scene to enter the bizarre: He wonders if existence is the result of some cosmic plan. His older brother, Sam, now in charge of the company George started with the three of them, could not care less about George, having visited him maybe once.


As his twin languishes in a coma, a man seeks spiritual enlightenment and meaning, aided by texts and emails that seem to be coming from his brother. The World According to Garp. Shakar’s novel Luminarium received acclaim for its “penetrating look at the uneasy intersection of technology and spirituality” [5] Publishers Weekly. So when Fred signs up for a neurological study and puts on the “God helmet” while Mira, his researcher and guide, alludes to “faith without ignorance,” he and the reader are in for some wild rides straddling the boundaries between science and religion.

Not only is this section tedious, but it also leaves the reader feeling as though he is being led by the nose. By the end of the story, most of the mysteries in the lives of Fred and his brothers are solved and the questions raised have been answered. You know who you are: We are reminded of Arthur C. Everyone over the age of eighteen with an internet connection should read this book.

And, as the novel progresses, Fred finds the people around him ever-shifting, transmuting from the familiar to inversions or permutations of their former selves. Shakar attended the University of Illinois and received his Ph. Concurrently he is receiving emails and texts from his comatose twin and while rationally he knows they have to be bogus, the chance that George is actually reaching out to him on some inexplicable spiritual plane propels him into researching religions ancient and modern and comparing his findings to the quantum physics he has always pursued in his spare time.

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Meanwhile, Fred finds himself caught up in what seems at first a cruel prank: Feb 08, Amira Makansi rated it it was amazing. It had an endorsement from Dave Eggers. He tries to tie in magic, the Disney city Celebration, Reiki,advanced gaming, electronic mind enhancing devices and on and on. Shakar has quite a flair for seeing things in a unique light. Calendar pages mark dates leading to shakzr fifth anniversary of the loss of the Trade Center Twin Towers.

Some of the characters are just plain ridiculous.

It had all the appearances of an all-time-favorite, but somehow fell short. The concept was certainly novel.


I would’ve rather read a non-fiction book on the same subject. They’ve got sha,ar in the field. Unfortunately it was a chore to read. View all 3 comments. This novel is sharp, original, and full of energy—obviously the work of a brilliant mind. Weak sales reportedly caused HarperCollins to drop Shakar, but fortunately, the indie publishing house SoHo has picked up this brilliant writer. An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: No trivia or quizzes yet. Really I don’t want this review to come off as nasty or mean-spirited.

But it also examines the nature of the universe, the nature of reality. Ultimately, I gave up trying, and never finished the book.

Things get a lot more ethereal in the last chapter or so; I’m not even going to lie and tell you that I’m exactly sure what lluminarium last few sentences mean or where they’re supposed to leave me.

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