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Just a Couple of Days (2001)

– tekijä: Tony Vigorito

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Blip Korterly kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting a simple phrase: "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?" Blip slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." But what happens in just a couple of days? Blip is arrested; his friend, Dr.Flake Fountain-a molecular biologist-is drafted into a shadow-government research project conducting experiments on humans. The virus being tested-cleverly called "the Pied Piper"-renders its victims incapable of symbolic capacity; that is, incapable of communication. Is this biological weaponry? What would happen if it were let loose on the world? Does a babbling populace pose a threat or provide an opportunity for social evolution? This novel's absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful, as full of implications as it is full of mirth. It's no wonder Just a Couple of Days has become an underground cult classic. This grassroots phenomenon will reach even more soon-to-be fans in its newly updated Harvest edition-- complete with an excerpt from the author's next book!… (lisätietoja)
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I had the pleasure to take several classes from Tony for my undergrad minor in sociology. I didn't know he was a novelist when I signed up for the first one, and never got around to reading my copy of Just a Couple of Days until after I was done with college altogether... but I had such strong flashbacks to sitting in a UTC classroom listening to many of the same ideas.

This is a book with a pretty transparent agenda, and it comes across so strongly that I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is not already dabbling in anti-consumerism and the nature of perception by others, self-perception, and self-construction. If the whole Burning Man ethos frightens and concerns you, Tony Vigorito does not write books you will enjoy.

This is a novel to read for the ideas it contains, not the quality of the fiction. ( )
  prufrockcoat | Dec 3, 2019 |
It is a wonderful, life-affirming treatise on what makes us happy, what is communication, what is society, and where does it really end. I deducted a star because the story is kind of silly and unneccessary.... yet it is just a fun romp - a huge and thought provoking stream-of-conciousness about life and everything. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
I liked this unusual entry in the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it genre just about to the end, where it all really fell apart on me. Until then, I was enjoying the account of a manmade virus, engineered as a “humane” weapon, that renders human communication impossible and is unexpectedly let loose on the populace. The virus’s designers and the story’s narrator, a rather self-pitying, forlorn geneticist hired to find a cure, survive in an underground bunker. But the novel doesn’t fulfill its early promise. There are unexpected effects of the virus, to be sure, but they are not fully explored or explained. And the end peters out, as if the author had painted himself into a corner — which, considering that his first-person narrator had contracted the virus himself and was no longer able to write a coherent story that we could read, he had.

The title Just a Couple of Days comes from a piece of graffiti which appeared on both sides of an overpass just outside of Athens, Ohio on U.S. Route 33 and remained there for over two years. ( )
  sturlington | Aug 20, 2011 |
I read this awhile ago but remembered that it became one of my favorites - very original story and I enjoyed the writing style. ( )
1 ääni anndar | Dec 25, 2009 |
I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago. Over all I just didn't like it. I really liked the general idea behind the book and a lot of the thoughts the author brought up I found to be fascinating. But I couldn't get over the author's sense of humor. It was obvious the author was trying to be funny, but for some reason I just wasn't amused, only annoyed. I'll admit that it's entirely possible that my opinion of the book was influenced by my mood while I was reading it. My dad died during the time that I was reading this book--maybe I just wasn't in the mood to be amused. ( )
1 ääni stubbyfingers | Aug 24, 2007 |
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Blip Korterly kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting a simple phrase: "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?" Blip slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." But what happens in just a couple of days? Blip is arrested; his friend, Dr.Flake Fountain-a molecular biologist-is drafted into a shadow-government research project conducting experiments on humans. The virus being tested-cleverly called "the Pied Piper"-renders its victims incapable of symbolic capacity; that is, incapable of communication. Is this biological weaponry? What would happen if it were let loose on the world? Does a babbling populace pose a threat or provide an opportunity for social evolution? This novel's absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful, as full of implications as it is full of mirth. It's no wonder Just a Couple of Days has become an underground cult classic. This grassroots phenomenon will reach even more soon-to-be fans in its newly updated Harvest edition-- complete with an excerpt from the author's next book!

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