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Callisto è l'America periferica delle roulotte e delle case prefabbricate, degli uomini senza storia e delle voci dei tg della Fox. Gli americani di Callisto non riconoscono l'Europa sulla carta geografica e credono che Osama bin Laden in realtà si chiami Sammy bin Laden.Odell Deefus è il ventunenne protagonista di Callisto: un eroe bifolco, che parla un inglese elementareCallisto è l'America periferica delle roulotte e delle case prefabbricate, degli uomini senza storia e delle voci dei tg della Fox. Gli americani di Callisto non riconoscono l'Europa sulla carta geografica e credono che Osama bin Laden in realtà si chiami Sammy bin Laden.Odell Deefus è il ventunenne protagonista di Callisto: un eroe bifolco, che parla un inglese elementare, stupido perché nessuno gli ha chiesto di non esserlo. Folgorato dall'immagine televisiva di Condoleezza Rice decide di unirsi all'esercito americano, ma il breve tragitto verso il centro di arruolamento diventa un viaggio allucinante, un intrico di omicidi, misteri, traffici di droga, cospirazioni e terrorismo. Callisto è una grande invenzione letteraria, un thriller apocalittico e divertente che vi terrà davvero con il fiato sospeso....

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  • Marco Simeoni
    2018-10-19 03:34

    Fermi tutti, pensa Odell DeefusLa bravura di un autore spesso può essere paragonata alla velocità con cui mi fa immergere nella storia. E Krol, credetemi, mi ci fionda dentro senza neanche passare per il via. Ci si accorge subito che il protagonista, Odell, ha qualcosa di "strano" ma, al contempo, ci vogliono poche pagine per armonizzarsi con lui e i suoi pensieri.Il sunto della trama è corretto però non riesce minimamente a inquadrare questo romanzo di denuncia così particolare. Quanto una congiunzione astrale di piccole coincidenze può sconvolgere e alterare il volto dell'America? Se Giano era un Dio bifronte, la nazione delle stelle e strisce ha tanti volti quanti i suoi stati.Linguaggio"Il mio nome è Odell Deefus. E sono bianco, non un nero come pensa chi non mi conosce e sente dire il mio nome. Se poi mi incontrate, la mia faccia ve la scordate subito, è troppo anonima, chi se la ricorda, semmai vi rimango impresso perché sono alto. Sono un metro e novanta, quindi attraggo le donne, che poi però scoprono che non faccio discorsi che gli piacciono, e a quel punto addio storia d'amore prima ancora che comincia.Questo è l'incipit.Odell"Sedeva così calmo e svagato che pensai magari si è drogato, il che nel caso era una pessima notizia visto che quasi tutti quei tipi che prendono droghe è inquietante starci accanto se non sei un fattone un fattone anche tu, e ho già detto che io non lo sono. Insomma la serata non stava mettendosi bene."Stare invischiati nel pensiero di Odell è divertente. Incuriosisce. Spesso e volentieri fa ridere:(view spoiler)[La desideravo tanto, essendo innamorato, e fra il prato due e il tre lo decisi ufficialmente, ero innamorato di lei, insomma tutto alla grande. È una tragedia che Dean è un terrorista omicida omosessuale musulmano ma io non ci posso fare niente (hide spoiler)]Linearità che complicaLa bravura di Krol è usare un linguaggio povero per 400+ pagine senza mai annoiare. Non solo, mostrare la felicità basilare, definirei istintiva di Odell - si sofferma costantemente su urgenze impellenti quali l'alimentazione o i bisogni fisici - ripetendola senza mai stancare è qualcosa di veramente ben strutturato.TramaChe intrico! Che bordello: un lavoro certosino per rendere caotico qualcosa che avviene esattamente nel momento esatto in cui sarebbe dovuto accadere per creare scompiglio. Inoltre il giocare tra i personaggi e Odell mette in atto scenette e fraintendimenti degni di un'intrigo internazionale.DenunciaC'è una denuncia chiara e netta contro la politica america e i diritti umani calpestati:(view spoiler)[Il messaggio del governo l'avevo sentito forte e chiaro e non mi lamenterò per il trattamento subito,mai. Non sono stato prigioniero, sono stato ospite in una camera tutta per me con bagno annesso. Grazie. Non sono stato torturato, ho solo partecipato a un minuzioso interrogatorio. Grazie. Mai stato tra i sospetti, solo persona informata sui fatti. Grazie ancora. Il mio governo mi ha portato su suolo straniero tutto spaesato, e mi ha anche fatto dono di un eccitante viaggio di ritorno e anche qui, tutto gratis. Grazie grazie grazie. (hide spoiler)]La verità è che non si accetta una mente che ragiona in maniera semplice. Il desiderare poco e accontentarsi di quello che gli viene offerto è segno di derisione o, peggio, di falsità. Bisogna essere furbi, melliflui, fregare il prossimo, perchè ehi! Mors tua, vita mea. Se chiedeste a Odell, lui proporrebbe di appianare i malumori con un pranzo surgelato e un cicchetto di Capitano.Pelo nell'uovoSe proprio devo trovare qualcosa che non mi ha convinto in questo romanzo è l'uso - sporadico - di termini troppo forbiti per il protagonista. Capisco che l'autore li usi per colorare il suo linguaggio però, chiaramente non può conoscerli visto che pecca su forme molto più basilari.Anche il sogno nel capitolo 10 che espone una verità, non mi ha convinto.

  • Sandra
    2018-11-16 02:21

    Geniale, secondo me l'autore di questo libro è geniale!Cosa può accadere a un ragazzotto ventunenne del Wyoming, Odell Deefus, bianco ma con un nome da nero, che ha letto 16 volte "il cucciolo", innamorato di Condoleeza Rice, della quale porta una foto nel portafoglio, una specie di Forrest Gump, che parte dal suo paesello a bordo di una Chevy Monte Carlo del 1978 per recarsi a Callisto per arruolarsi nell'esercito americano? Il tutto nell'America post undici settembre, che vive nel terrore e nell'incubo del terrorismo musulmano?Di tutto può succedere: può succedere che incontri sceriffi che usano la macchina della verità come se fosse un giochino, agenti FBI con l'ossessione della caccia ai terroristi, folcloristici predicatori cristiani con tanto di tv via cavo e raduni oceanici, agenti dei servizi segreti che più segreti non si può. Tutto questo perchè, a causa della macchina in panne, Odell si ferma in casa di Dean Lowry, un fuori di testa con tendenze omosessuali.E Odell? Nonostante le "disavventure" cui va incontro mai viene meno la sua fiducia nel sogno americano. Anche alla fine, dopo che è stato sottoposto a trattamenti previsti per i terroristi musulmani, Odell è e rimane il ragazzo americano medio: grazie, grazie al Governo degli Stati Uniti - dice Odell- perchè se gli Stati Uniti non fossero stati un grande Paese che combatte per la libertà di tutti i popoli del mondo lui non avrebbe avuto la sua seconda chance.La storia è divertente ma al contempo fa riflettere sulla società americana post- Bush, lo stile è sgrammaticato e sconclusionato e rende perfettamente il personaggio (tanto che, è la prima volta che mi capita, il traduttore in fondo al libro ha scritto tutto incavolato che non vuole più tradurre "il gran bifolco Odell Deefus con i suoi imperfetti al posto dei congiuntivi), e ... dulcis in fundo, sul retro della copertina c'è una foto di Condoleeza Rice nuda sulla bandiera americana!Grande!!

  • Elle!
    2018-10-25 21:33

    Darn it! Ummmm....So why is this not famous here in the US? Every American should read this dark US Satire. I know I did and I loved it.I didn't know what to expect, but I loved it and if you read my reviews I don't love books very often. I loved the idiotic "Forest Gump innocent" protagonist. Very great portrayal and very believable.He was ignorant and endearing, and very charming in a saddening sort of way. This book, I was wondering, why isn't it famous in the US! That drove me crazy, I found it at a library and I laughed out loud at the very first sentence. Very funny hook. That's why I checked it out. Odell Deefus won my heart over. He'll win yours over as well. The novel is written with a strong first person narration, very stylized but readable. I found it hilarious but very dark. Some parts of it had me holding my breath, this author got every part of the US down from the racism to the politics of some very ignorant people.It was an amazing novel. It grabbed me from start to finish, Torsten Krol did an amazing job! Odell was loveable and quirky from his infatuation with Condelezza Rice to his adoration obsession for that awful novel.Let me tell you this much if you are a Republican or Democrat here in the US you may not find this book interesting, you may hate it but b there's a message but you can't deny it. But suck it up. That's the beauty of it. The "War on Terror" , paranoia sweeping the "political-heads". Wonderful quirky book. A little dark in some parts but very true! It's happening right now and it isn't fiction. Pick this book up, you'll be glad you did!

  • Joshua
    2018-10-30 21:42

    I'm on a hot streak with good books and Callisto keeps up my good stretch. I read Krol's The Dolphin People in March and enjoyed it, Callisto is equally as good. Krol is someone to pay attention to in the future--although I wish he wasn't using a fake name for his books. That's kind of annoying for some reason. Callisto is set mostly in small town Kansas as a simple-wit's car breaks down. All he wants is to get some water and a ride into town but soon he's drawn into a case and the police, FBI, media all want to get him as he's got murder and terrorism hanging over his head. Callisto is a funny, dark satire that takes on all kinds of topics--overly religious people, small town people, the American government, the idea of the terrorist--all done with entertaining aplomb by Krol (or whatever the person's real name is).

  • Tommy
    2018-10-26 02:32

    I'm of two minds about satires of America written by non-American authors. On the one hand, it would seem presumptuous for a foreigner to understand American life enough to mock it, but on the other hand, it's satire, so who cares? America is as good a target as any. Torsten Krol, a mysterious writer (even his publisher apparently knows next-to-nothing about him), has created a unique protagonist in Odell Deefus, who is on his way to enlist in the Army when he walks into some very unlucky circumstances which are exacerbated by Odell's unbelievable idiocy. The satire is such that not a single character in the book is totally likable, but that turns out to be what makes everything work.

  • Bill
    2018-10-26 01:30

    What a great, hilarious, dark, thought-provoking novel! Sure, the characters are pretty much all total stereotypes, but they are remarkably well-written and developed stereotypes. The main character, Odell Deefus, as noted on the back cover, is the best depiction of a great American innocent since Forrest Gump. For some reason, I guess it's because of his manner of speech, I kept picturing him as the Kenneth character from TV's 30 Rock, even though he is described as very tall and broad-sholdered. He is just that innocent and literal.What this is is really a cautionary tale about the dangers of ethnocentric, fanatical reactionaries and the nightmare they could turn our county into (or perhaps have turned our country into.) Odell has the misfortune to have car trouble in the middle of Kansas, right at the end of a gravel driveway, which he follows to an isolated house where he seeks help. He has no idea how his troubles will increase from that moment on! Once he meets the resident of the house, Dean Lowry, his life quickly descends down a path paved with mistaken identity, drug running, murder (and manslaughter), terrorism, and general confusion. He finds himself becoming the personal acquaintance of agents from both the FBI and Homeland Security.Alternately hilarious and horrifying, this story is in the genre of one of my favorite types of movie, which I call the downward spiral films. (Think Fargo or Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.) OK, not QUITE as dark as either of these, but once things start spiraling, hang on. Many surprises and twists, and rather a scathing send-up of the general post-9/11 paranoia that gripped the US during the previous administration's reign. I liked this a lot and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys satire.

  • Kai
    2018-11-12 22:18

    Potremmo immaginare un’ipotetica scala di blues letteraria che va da William Faulkner a John Steinbeck passando per Raymond Carver, un intervallo di quinta diminuita, in cui due gradi della scala diatonica vengono abbassati dando così origine al tipico suono malinconico e stonato. Ipotizzando che i gradi abbassati siano Cormac McCarty e Pete Dexter, mancherebbe all’appello ancora una nota della pentatonica, il Krol, la “blue note”. Quella aggiunta clandestinamente: la sesta di cinque. Un’eccezione rispetto alle altre scale, un’eccezione che nel caso dello scrittore mancante è data dalla sua nazionalità. Torsten Krol è australiano, ma il suo ultimo libro, “Callisto” (ISBN edizioni), è puro blues. Leggere Callisto è come ascoltare un bluegrass primitivo suonato da un’orchestra di chitarre distorte; è come osservare il “Gotico americano” di Grant Wood, ridipinto in chiave contemporanea. Al posto del forcone, un fucile d’assalto. Pensate agli altri cinque autori della scala, pensate alla loro America, quella della bible belt, delle strade e dei paesi dimenticati da Dio e dagli uomini. L’America profonda e scura che rappresenta il ventre molle e allo stesso tempo il cuore pulsante della nazione. Lontano da New York, lontano dal San Francisco, lontano da Washington e da Chicago. Ebbene Callisto, Kansas è là. Così lontana eppure così vicina tanto che l’11 settembre, la guerra in Irak, l’esportazione della democrazia, l’islamofobia e il sogno (infranto) americano si attorcigliano l’uno sull’altro in un thriller denso e scuro. Blu scuro.http://kaizenology.wordpress.com/

  • Michalyn
    2018-10-24 21:15

    I didn't know what to expect when I picked up Callisto, but this turned out to be the best book I've read this year.O'dell Deefus is not exactly what one would call a genius but he is patriotic and determined to help protect his country from Muslim extremists. So, with his favorite book in hand he decides to travel to Callisto, Kansas to sign up at the recruitment office there. O'dell's problems start however, when his car breaks down and he's forced to stay at the house of Dean Lowry. Before he knows it, he's embroiled in a murder, suspected terrorism plot and is being followed by the FBI not to mention many other unscrupulous characters.On the surface, Callisto is just a comedy that picks fun at the stereotype of the American innocent but Odell is a surprisingly engaging and sympathetic character. Despite laughing at his misadventures, you really are rooting for him and some of his moments of insight are so simple and clear that they're heartbreaking. At the end of the day, Odell really does have a heart of gold. Most importantly, for all of the knee-slapping hijinks there is a serious and dark undercurrent to Odell's story. When he is taken to Guantanamo Bay we get a pointed and scary commentary on Government-sanctioned torture.This is all in all a fantastic read and I strongly recommend it. You'll laugh you'll cry and at the very least you'll get to read about probably one of the only men to have a crush on Condoleeza Rice.

  • Marc Nash
    2018-10-30 21:21

    Can't remember when I last enjoyed a read this much. A seeming simpleton is driving through Kansas to enlist when his car breaks down. In seeking help, thus begins a cascade of events that are by turns hilarious, sly and leave you teetering on just how much smarts the protagonist has. Armed with a working knowledge of how to cover up your trail through watching "CSI", this is still a man who has only ever read one book, "The Yearling" sixteen times! It's a delightful study in plotting as the author fiendishly manipulates the clues that by turns will betray the crimes committed and then deftly cover them up from discovery. And there's a great study in how the main character allows his thinking process to be swayed by the love of a (not so-) good woman! A delightful criminal romp which gets a bit more serious in the last quarter and changes tone accordingly, where it also becomes rooted in a serious contemporary issue. But by that point I was utterly carried along and charmed.

  • Aimee
    2018-11-14 00:36

    I loved this book. Odell is such a lovable, relatable narrator. We all know someone like Odell. The plot moves along seamlessly, and Odell's descriptions of and reactions to the events unfurling in his life are hilarious and heartbreaking. The underlying theme, post-9/11 hysteria and its implications, is so incendiary, and this novel satirizes the situation so perfectly. Odell's story, as told by Odell himself, is so drenched in his own naivete and kindheartedness that it makes the biting satire seem more palatable (if you have a problem with biting satire, which I don't!).The only problem I have is that Odell is meant to be a "big dumb hick," according to the author. However, he speaks in metaphors a bit too often for someone of his supposed mental acumen. And honestly, the author's pseudonym and self-created mystery surrounding his/her true identity is irritating and boring.

  • Bobparr
    2018-10-24 02:37

    Al momento non puo' essere *bellissimo* nel senso di anobiana definizione, ma è a un tanto cosi'. Usare senza annoiare un linguaggio volutamente poco forbito e a volte sgrammaticato, per 400 pg, non è da tutti. In piu' fa sorridere, fa pensare, fa provare emozioni - perchè è vivo, e Alberto Sordi, con 'Detenuto in attesa di giudizio', qualcosa deve averci insegnato. K. si sara' nascosto nell'outback australiano, ma il fatto che una traduzione di questo libro possa arrivar fin qui fa ben sperare - circa la traduzione del prossimo.

  • Kasia The Bookworm
    2018-11-06 21:18

    Style reminding that of Holsten Caulfield.Book is sheer fun.

  • Alberto Delgado
    2018-11-11 22:25

    muy divertida. una critica mordaz a como estamos reaccionando a la amenaza terrorista en las sociedades occidentales.

  • Abc
    2018-11-13 20:34

    Sarà che non amo molto gli intrighi, ma questo romanzo non mi ha convinta del tutto. Il protagonista è un ingenuo piuttosto ignorante, ma io non lo paragonerei a Forrest Gump come hanno fatto molti. Forrest mi era simpatico, mentre Odell in alcuni momenti non mi è parso per niente ingenuo, anzi piuttosto scaltro. Tutte le peripezie attraverso le quali passa mi hanno un po' sfiancata nella lettura, salvo poi indignarmi fortemente per quello che subisce sul finale del libro. Capisco il valore di critica e di denuncia del romanzo, ma, rimanendo su un piano strettamente letterario, devo dire che non mi ha conquistata.

  • Maura
    2018-10-27 02:27

    Not necessarily worth it

  • Ron Charles
    2018-11-10 03:39

    People around the world got their hands on Torsten Krol's dark, goofy novel almost two years before readers in America, which isn't entirely fair since it's about us. This satire of the war on terror might have cut a little deeper during the surge, before our war president retired to Dallas and the recession eclipsed Iraq. But "Callisto" is still a witty sendup of the anxieties that make Americans so dangerous, and ultimately it's barbed with enough tragedy to sting.The author is something of a mystery, allegedly an Australian who refuses all interviews. He claims to have raised a family in the United States before his divorce, which sent him into a fit of depression that inspired this tale of America's terrorism paranoia. The novel's success rests on the rambly voice of its hilariously clueless narrator, a large 21-year-old hayseed from Wyoming named Odell Deefus. People "most likely think I'm a tall dumb hick but they would be wrong about that," Odell says by way of introduction. "I know this because I have read 'The Yearling' sixteen times now, and that is a Pulitzer Prize book which you can't be dumb and be able to read it." There's something mesmerizing about the way Odell teeters along the line between sense and nonsense, tripping over his own grammar and then barely righting himself. He sounds an awful lot like Will Ferrell imitating George W. Bush, complete with wacky malapropisms ("extenderating circumstances") and declarations of savviness. But the real object of Krol's scorn isn't this innocent rube; it's the corrupt culture that abuses him.Odell's story begins when he's driving to Callisto, Kan., to enlist in the Army so he can "be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites over there exploding . . . their own people." In his wallet he carries a photo of Condoleezza Rice, "about the smartest woman on the planet and the most decent also, rushing about from one country to the next in her plane fixing things between nations and doing everything she can for world peace and whatnot, all the while looking very trim and smart in her outfits with the pearls and always with a smile." But before he makes it to Callisto and gets a chance to help Condi fight "Sammy bin Laden," Odell's car breaks down. When he walks up to a run-down country house for help, he falls deeper into the twisted battle against terror than he ever could have imagined.The novel's funniest parts come in this early section, when Odell is invited in by a young ne'er-do-well who claims that his aunt, the owner of the house, is away on vacation. An open grave in the back yard gives Odell pause. "My mind," he tells us, "was all aswirl with trying to figure out what's happening here." Finding a body in the basement freezer only adds to his suspicions (though it doesn't quell his hunger for frozen pizza). And soon the novel revs up for a macabre farce, a la the Coen brothers, that involves filling and redigging that grave at least half-a-dozen times. "This is called adapting to circumstances," Odell says, "which I was very fast learning I had the knack of."The novel's screwball comedy goes national when Odell's cadaverous antics attract the attention of the FBI, which "suspicions" that he's involved with Islamic terrorists set on disrupting the 2008 presidential election. "I was in deep doo-doo as the saying goes." A Jerry Falwell-like preacher with Washington connections makes a play for Odell's soul, while whipping up racial anxieties on TV "in these days of internal threat and menace." Poor Odell finds himself drawn into competing schemes controlled by people convinced he's the linchpin to a dangerous conspiracy -- a dark inversion of Jerzy Kosinski's "Being There." When an FBI agent says, "You're smarter than you look," Odell assures him, "No I am not." But all his denials are taken only as proof of fathomless depth behind his naive demeanor.Unfortunately, like Odell's car, the plot of "Callisto" sputters and conks out before it gets where it's going. There's a thick subplot involving corrupt guards at a local prison that doesn't deliver enough jokes or satiric jabs, and once we've chuckled over Odell's verbal tics, the comedy seeps out of these pages. "Callisto" would have been twice as good at half its length, and it doesn't help that Odell admits (on Page 436!) that it's "much longer than I intended for it to be."That's particularly disappointing because the novel's finale is a knockout, a wrenching portrayal of America's efforts to snuff out the enemy within. Here, in the secret recesses of our government's most brutal prison, the lack of comedy works just right. Odell slips from the zaniness of "Arsenic and Old Lace" to the horrors of "1984." When he says, despite everything, "I felt like joining the Army all over again," the full tragedy of what we've endured becomes piercingly clear.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

  • David Tybor
    2018-11-18 02:14

    Read it, they said. It's like Catch-22.Well technically it has pages and a binding and a lot of words arranged in sentences. And I suppose there are four or five LOL absurd backwards catch-22-like sentences in chapter 10. But it's not like Catch-22.

  • Will Byrnes
    2018-11-18 04:25

    There is some darkly funny material here, and it had its moments, but while it was occasionally dark enough to impinge the senses, it was not funny enough to float.Krol (a pseudonym) wanted to get out some rage produced by his divorce and directed those feelings towards a novel depicting the state of the USA today. His hero, Odell Deefus is a simpleton, a gullible Forrest Gump sort who will believe what anyone tells him. He is on his way to join the army, eager to fight in Iraq for his country. His ancient car breaks down in front of an old farm house in Kansas and he is taken in by Dean, a strange sort. The two bond over beer and Captain Morgan, but one night Odell becomes alarmed when he sees an open grave in the back yard, and fears that Dean may have evil plans for him. Hijinks ensue. Krol has written a darkly comedic story set in a less-traveled part of the country, small-town Kansas. He has cast his lens on politicians, religious leaders, cops, the willingness of people to be misled by crooks, paranoids and liars, and sees in the current flavor of madness, fear and repression a fit subject for examination. There are no real innocents here, even Odell commits crimes, and manages to tell himself that since he means no harm he retains his innocence.I was reminded a bit of Clockwork Orange, which is a far superior example of the socially critical novel, and of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Bad things just keep happening to good people. Perils of Pauline anyone? The Odell that Krol attempts to portray is too dumb to garner much empathy, but then Krol keeps veering away from the simpleton portrait to give his supposedly inept hero a rather confident intellect. Which is it?Although I share most of Krol’s world view, or at least his criticisms of present-day America, I remained too far removed from his characters to care much what happened to them.

  • Laura Finazzo
    2018-10-27 01:14

    Torsten Krol’s 2007 novel Callisto offers a brilliant, insightful, and hilarious look at modern day American politics, delivered in a highly unlikely package. Krol’s narrator, Odell Deefus, is a naive, eccentric, and just plain dumb Kansas native who finds himself launched into a series of tremendously unfortunate events after his car breaks down en route to an Army recruitment center to join the fight in Iraq. His car troubles stop him in Callisto, where he meets Dean Lowry, a quiet and not-so-friendly local who offers to tow Odell’s car the following morning.After a few drinks, Dean opens up a bit more to the stranger he so generously offered shelter and a free tow. Odell shares his intention of signing up for the service, which causes Dean to share his own views on the state of US politics, involvement in Iraq, and even religion. Once excessive drink sends them both to bed, paranoia overcomes Odell who begins to suspect Dean of murderous intentions. These suspicions get Odell into the worst kind of trouble in the most accidental of ways – and things only grow progressively more troublesome from there.Throughout the course of the novel, Odell gets wrapped up in drug trafficking, terrorist threats, televangelists, car bombs, murders, and even the FBI. Krol takes readers on a completely unpredictable and unexpected journey that is comical and satisfying. The author’s commentary on the Bush administration (which was a primary intention in the creation of this novel) is cutting though often intriguingly veiled. Krol’s unique blend of humorous political commentary offered within the confines of a novel narrated by a bumbling non-thinker makes for a most entertaining and one-of-a-kind novel that is more than worthy of all the praise it has come to receive.

  • J
    2018-11-09 03:16

    Potremmo immaginare un’ipotetica scala di blues letteraria che va da William Faulkner a John Steinbeck passando per Raymond Carver, un intervallo di quinta diminuita, in cui due gradi della scala diatonica vengono abbassati dando così origine al tipico suono malinconico e stonato. Ipotizzando che i gradi abbassati siano Cormac McCarty e Pete Dexter, mancherebbe all’appello ancora una nota della pentatonica, il Krol, la “blue note”. Quella aggiunta clandestinamente: la sesta di cinque. Un’eccezione rispetto alle altre scale, un’eccezione che nel caso dello scrittore mancante è data dalla sua nazionalità. Torsten Krol è australiano, ma il suo ultimo libro, “Callisto” (ISBN edizioni), è puro blues. Leggere Callisto è come ascoltare un bluegrass primitivo suonato da un’orchestra di chitarre distorte; è come osservare il “Gotico americano” di Grant Wood, ridipinto in chiave contemporanea. Al posto del forcone, un fucile d’assalto. Pensate agli altri cinque autori della scala, pensate alla loro America, quella della bible belt, delle strade e dei paesi dimenticati da Dio e dagli uomini. L’America profonda e scura che rappresenta il ventre molle e allo stesso tempo il cuore pulsante della nazione. Lontano da New York, lontano dal San Francisco, lontano da Washington e da Chicago. Ebbene Callisto, Kansas è là. Così lontana eppure così vicina tanto che l’11 settembre, la guerra in Irak, l’esportazione della democrazia, l’islamofobia e il sogno (infranto) americano si attorcigliano l’uno sull’altro in un thriller denso e scuro. Blu scuro.http://kaizenology.wordpress.com/

  • Becky
    2018-11-01 04:21

    I can't decide at all about this book. For most of it, I thought it was a three star book. Not much to it really, but an intriguing story that I kept reading because I just wanted to find out what happened. But then I just got annoyed by the political message that didn't seem to fit at all. And the reviews on the cover and back said how funny it was...and it was funny to a degree, but then towards the end with the violence and torture it was not funny at all. It was actually quite disturbing. The main character was quirky and likable in some ways, but in some ways the quirks seemed a little forced. I know this book was supposed to be making some sort of commentary on the absurdity of the post 9/11 world and culture of fear, but I just didn't think the message came across at all. I thought that the plot twists were too absurd, making the absurdity of reality seem even more normal, if that makes sense.

  • sillopillo
    2018-11-08 00:29

    Caleidoscopio.Una serie di disavventure iniziate con un'auto che si arresta per un surriscaldamento del motore e che in un crescendo inarrestabile arriva a livelli "cosmici" di caso internazionale, vissuti e raccontati in prima persona con gli occhi di un novello Forrest Gump semplicemente irresistibile per come interpreta gli stati d'animo e si burla dei vari personaggi con cui e' costretto a rapportarsi nel corso della storia.Come amaro corollario di una storia per più di un tratto surreale emerge prepotentemente l'approccio "americano" al terrorismo che e' più reale che surreale e che per questo suscita più di un motivo di riflessione per la sua tragica attualità. L'unico appunto che può essere mosso alla narrazione e' la lieve flessione nel ritmo nella parte immediatamente precedente alla conclusione che comunque non pregiudica la qualità complessiva semplicemente eccellente :)

  • Jill
    2018-10-26 02:16

    I can't believe this book was written by an Australian. I believe Torsten Krol has nailed simple-minded, non-critical thinking that pervades the US. Because of that, this novel was a bit discouraging at times. That is not a fault of the novel itself, but of my naive and optimistic view of the world. So the book: Odell Deefus gets entwined in a would-be terror plot, excaserbated by Americans' post-9/11 fears and blind patriotism. Odell narrates the story and this is where I can't believe how well Krol writes his naive and (yes) stupid narrative. The story is action-packed and makes a political point about the war on terror, the religious right, small towns, you name it, without having to come right out and say it. Unfortunately, the folks that would benefit from reading this book would probably the last to pick it up!

  • Steven
    2018-11-08 04:22

    This is the book I've wanted to write for a few years, but Torsten Krol has beat me to it. It is full of amazing and often subtle satire and wonderfully dark humor. It brilliantly captures the post 9/11 paranoia that has captured the hearts of a great many people, especially fundamentalist Christians.The story is absurd, but remains within the realm of possibility. It is expository of the author's thoughts on terrorism, religion, and American politics. A phenomenal, descriptive read full of humor and poignancy while maintaining the distinctive voice of the narrator, Odell Deefus. Krol did an amazing job remaining in character and that is not an easy task for a book whose author and narrator have two dramatically different voices and opinions. Superb, funny, and a biting critique of American politics, Callisto, is highly recommended.

  • Michell
    2018-11-07 23:37

    Odell Deefus just wanted to join the Army. After his car breaks down on a back road in Kansas, he instead becomes entangled with terrorists, drug dealers, homeland security, evangelical preachers, and a lawn mowing business. I am enjoying this read. Odell is likeable and humourous as he copes with the after effects of getting a glass of water.****I finished reading Callisto last week. This was an interesting read of an ordinary citizen caught up in machinations beyond his life experiences. I am not going to give away the ending, but it was matter-of-fact, don't mess with the government, because they will mess you up.

  • Bill
    2018-11-04 04:21

    Ok, so, what the hell did I just read?!? I mean that in the best way possible! This book was CRAZY, it started out innocent enough and then BAM! Left turn, totally insane! It was extremely difficult for me to put this book down. I would literally set it down, and pick it up again 5 minutes later because I HAD to know what was going to happen next!! This is without a doubt the best book I've read all year! If you are reading this review, stop what you're doing and read this book, you won't regret it!!

  • Leanna
    2018-11-10 03:27

    This book is like Forrest Gump but darker. If you are a conservative Republican who loves Dubya, you may not like this book. The author's disdain for the man is partially what inspired him to write Callisto. I don't have that hang-up, so I was fascinated by the creative story-telling. This book is very different from The Dolphin People, but just as good. I am anxiously awaiting his next book to come out here in a few months. I have pre-purchased it on Amazon. I'm returning Callisto to the library, but I have a copy of The Dolphin People that I'm loaning around.

  • Alessandro Vicenzi
    2018-11-07 21:18

    Callisto, semplificando un pochetto, è una versione post 9/11 di Forrest Gump scritta da da un cugino di Lansdale. È la storia di un ragazzo non proprio brillante che si trova coinvolto in una catena di disavventure sempre più gigantesche in un piccolo paesino della provincia americana.Il passo della storia è un po' lento e di tanto in tanto l'allegoria e l'ambizione di fare un Grande Romanzo Americano sono un po' troppo calcate, ma è una lettura piacevole con dei momenti di buona comicità

  • eb
    2018-11-10 00:37

    A major disappointment. This is the most first-draft-y novel I've read maybe ever. In the author interview, Krol says he wrote this in a torrent after divorcing his wife, and that he felt he was typing as fast as he could while taking dictation from the narrator. It really shows. The plot is an unedited, repetitious, often boring mess. All the seams are visible; you can practically hear Krol thinking.

  • Randy Russell
    2018-10-26 20:30

    Welcome to Bumfuck Kansas, 21st-Century Pilgrims in the war on terror. Okay, the actual name of the town is the title of the book, Callisto. If you do not laugh reading this darkly delicious and outright riotous satire, it is because you are too busy banging your head against the wall at how very close the narrative comes to summing up our government's mindset on fighting terror. P.S. You don't fight terror, it fights you.