Hypertext Interview

April 20, 2017

"Claudia Casper’s prescient and lyrical novel, The Mercy Journals (Arsenal Pulp Press), builds on the rich speculative canon of Mary Shelley, Claire Vaye Watkins, Jules Verne, Margaret Atwood, and George Orwell, among others, in its terrifying exploration of the future..."

https://www.hypertextmag.com/hypertext-interview-with-claudia-casper/

 

CBC and Spotify - 7 Tangles with The Mercy Journals

June 3, 2016

Here are links and a few choice quotes from recent reviewers and Q&As

CBC SUMMER READING LIST

Great company - Louise Erdrich, Matti Freeman, Emma Straub, Alissa York, Carmen Aguirre:

http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/05/cbc-books-summer-2016-reading-list.html

Excerpt from Q&A (linked below) with CBC Books' Jane van Koeverden ("Casper's fearless new novel"):

Publisher's Weekly

March 25, 2016

It's 2047, and a third world war and climate change have left billions dead. A new global government has created a set of emergency laws to facilitate humanity's survival. Allen "Mercy" Quincy enforces new environmental standards. But Allen isn't without his demons, not the least of which is the unknown location of his two sons. He suffers from PTSD and journals as a process of "mnemectomy"—attempting to degrade unwanted memories by placing them outside of himself.

The Vancouver Sun

March 25, 2016

Claudia Casper’s third novel, The Mercy Journals, addresses a timely issue: how to live in a degraded world. The first point is that many people don’t. We learn right at the beginning that the journals are found on Vancouver Island in 2072, along with the remains of a human being and a cougar. Allen Quincy, whose nickname is Mercy, writes his two journals in 2047, after a great die-off and the restructuring of the political system in OneWorld.

Publisher's Weekly Review - The Mercy Journals

March 25, 2016

Another very good early review. I like the way the reviewer described the book (except the last 3 words, but who's to say?)

Money quote: "Part cautionary tale, part survival narrative...Casper employs clear, concise prose that moves at a steady clip, and the exploration, through one man's account, of what it means to outlive one's purpose is tightly constructed."

http://publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/978-1-55152-633-1

 

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