“I have a class theory of literature,” Disch once explained. “I come from the wrong neighborhood to sell to The New Yorker. No matter how good I am as an artist. “And it isn’t just Camp Archimedes. It’s the whole universe. The whole goddamned universe is a fucking concentration camp.” Mordecai rolled back into the pile. In this chillingly plausible work of speculative fiction, Thomas M. Disch imagines an alternate s in which America has declared war on the rest of.

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It turns out, however, that creating a few dozen instant geniuses, handing them all a death sentence, and locking them up together can lead to unexpected consequences. Both books have a very inventive plots and a few solid characters but appear to act as a soapbox for Disch to write several concentraton of allusion-heavy monologues interspersed with enough plot points to hold a story together.

Camp Concentration

Nova Dick, Philip K. Books by Thomas M. My initial high hopes melted to bemusement.

I am rather surprised by how much this book is sticking with me. Seriously though this will leave you starved for science fiction written by a WRITER as opposed to a thinker or a schemer. Just so you know. What he observes is an experiment involving an new drug that greatly increases one’s mental capacity but unfortunately is fatal. The book is told in the form of Sacchetti’s diary, and includes literary references to the story of Faust at one point concntration prisoners stage Christopher Marlowe ‘s Doctor Faustus and Sacchetti’s friendship with ringleader Mordecai Washington parallels Faust’s with Mephistopheles.


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Well written, but did not work for me. Also, this book has single-handedly expanded my vocabulary more than any other this year. The reader will dlsch to decide for himself and this book has more depth than most I have read leading me to recommend it to all. I read this one concentratio before: In animals, a parenchyma comprises the functional parts of an organ as distinguished from the connective and supporting tissue and in plants parenchyma is the ground tissue of nonwoody structures.

The book’s narrator, you see, is a poet, and he casually deploys scores of allusions, some of which Cooncentration recognized and others I couldn’t follow. Government prisoners in a secret camp are given a drug derived from syphilis. The final resolution of the story is surprising and clever, yet feels a bit rushed. Aug 31, Jonfaith rated it liked it Shelves: I found the novel unsettling and intriguing, yet perhaps the message it conveyed most strongly was the paranoia and confusion associated with the Cold War.

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Then there is the general dilemma of writing about such a topic for children: Essay by Ted Gioia. Part 2 even begins with a series of disjointed, unintelligible ramblings that I could not follow to save my life – I partly think we’re not voncentration to understand it because it’s meant to be above and beyond our intelligence?

America has declared war on the world and its government is experimenting on conscientious objectors. Newer Post Older Post Home. In short, Disch plays by his own rules at every stage of this book, and they are the most unruly rules you will find in a sci-fi novel.

Views Read Edit View history. Preview — Camp Concentration by Thomas M. I love the premise of this novel – it’s not surprising that it’s been compared to Flowers for Algernonwhich is a much more accessible and therefore, more successful novel.


To ask other readers questions about Camp Concentrationplease sign up. Camp Archimedes, where the vast majority of the novel is set, seems ostensibly to be a weapons research facility. The narrative certainly dances all around the two themes without coming to firm conclusions. It was the didch thing I thought of when I awoke this morning. Cnocentration warned, however, that the depths of hell in which Disch leaves the reader upon the last page are nothing compared to the conceentration and agony of spirit Sanchetti undergoes in the prison.

I felt that the plot and big reveal for “Camp Concentration” might be worth the slog, but it was not always an enjoyable experience. Disch could, and it’s odd that more people haven’t come across him. Nov 13, Pete Young rated it it was amazing. I do like these kinds of stories – which sounds awfully trite, but I mean that I love apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian fiction, for various reasons. I love fictitious writers who are actually given a chance to show what they can do.

The milieu at times intoxicating, science fiction rarely is put to such good use. This extravagant discb offers a perfect set-up for Disch, who has an excuse for inserting conversations and observations on almost any sphere of the intellectual life into Sacchetti’s journal entries.