Friday, September 25, 2009
The Rainbow Stories by William T. Vollmann
This book consists of thirteen stories, each subtly based on a color of the rainbow, written in a mix of styles, from documentary observation to innovative works of fiction, in locales from ancient Babylon to the Tenderloin of 1980s San Francisco. Like in many of his works, Vollmann delves into the lives of people living on the far reaches of society--serial killers, prostitutes, drug addicts, skinheads, the homeless--and explores the darkest aspects of humanity. Some of it is disturbing, some just sad, and some oddly bittersweet, but all of the stories are memorable and powerful, searing their mark onto your brain.