Jablonski revolutionizes Western thought via tangents and asides during the greatest road trip since Homer, unveiling the paradigm-shattering contributions of Petronius’ Shovel©, Petronius’ Blender©, Schadenfreude Before-the-Fact©, Quietude©, and Petronius’ Garage©. They take their rightful place in the pantheon above Occam’s dull Razor, Plato’s much-ballyhooed Cave, AristJablonski revolutionizes Western thought via tangents and asides during the greatest road trip since Homer, unveiling the paradigm-shattering contributions of Petronius’ Shovel©, Petronius’ Blender©, Schadenfreude Before-the-Fact©, Quietude©, and Petronius’ Garage©. They take their rightful place in the pantheon above Occam’s dull Razor, Plato’s much-ballyhooed Cave, Aristotle’s overrated Golden Mean, and Russel’s leaky Teapot. (Also includes a blistering critique of the Phoenix legend).When his classic Pontiac is abducted by a deity who lives in the depths of Lake Michigan, Petronius Jablonski is offered Enlightenment in compensation. To obtain it he must decipher the coded features of an odyssey. He neglects to share these minor details with his longsuffering girlfriend, Sandy, who accompanies him. Home-schooled by an eccentric father, Petronius holds the modern world in contempt, the demise of polytheism and eighteenth century English in general, the plague of democracy and “internets” in particular.Despairing of his ability to understand the journey and rarely paying attention, he engages the Reader’s assistance. His propensity for digressions complicates the search for a solution while making a mockery of first person narration. He anticipates absurd questions and adds chapters in response, he accuses the Reader of being smitten with Sandy and makes her less attractive, and he revolutionizes Philosophy with his own Rube Goldberg contraptions. As he subjects the Reader to increasingly demanding prerequisites it becomes clear he is wandering the remorseless hinterland between genius and madness, which raises questions about the accuracy of his chronicle. Sandy’s terrified warning that he’s behaving like his tragic father elicits rage: “What Cato did, and Addison approved, cannot be wrong.” But is Petronius a victim of ancestral fate or wisdom? What if Truth is poison? Perhaps a 1969 Bonneville is more precious than "enlightenment."...
|Title||:||The Annals of Petronius Jablonski: An Odyssey of Historic Proportions and Priceless Treasure of Philosophy|
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|Number of Pages||:||402 Pages|
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The Annals of Petronius Jablonski: An Odyssey of Historic Proportions and Priceless Treasure of Philosophy Reviews
Highly recommend this book. Books are almost always better than film/TV in every way IMO, but the one exception is humor. I tend to laugh more watching than reading. I can count on one hand the books that have had me consistently laughing out loud and this one is now occupying a finger. It stands out in that regard above all else and that's actually a high compliment. The author writes in the first person and is initially a difficult person to get into. Anyone who blatantly tells you they are smarter and better than you is bound to start off with a rough patch. You aren't sure if you're rooting for him, but then you quickly realize the writing is so good it doesn't matter.
I thought THE ANNALS a wonderful work, greatly enjoyable to read. It’s original, challenging and polished. I’m struck by Petronius’ voice which is absurdly precocious and compelling and I think he may be one of the most original, yet recognizable characters that I’ve come across in a while. I’m equally impressed by the way in which he reveals his situation in life gradually and carefully through the eyes and behavior of others – which takes some skill. It's a warmly comedic effect that’s enhanced by a great sense of comedic timing. Even the minor characters are complete in my mind through judicious representation of dialogue.I’m still rather baffled – in the best way – by what it is that I’ve just read. SPOILER: I'm at a loss to think of another novel with such an unexpected sad ending.