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|What the Critics are Saying|
With a surreal tip of the hat to Voltaire, Rabin embarks on his own pilgrim's progress. His character Gregory is a Candid for the nineties. Born into the dual role of rat and rose, a dichotomy of self possession and schizophrenic nightmare, Gregory journeys through a life of twisted and insane fantasy.
This is a fiction that is outrageous enough to find humor in the darkest of dreams. Gregory, like Job, Ahab, Oedipus, and Dante before him, steps into the eternal abyss. It is at once tragic and comic.
Through successes and wars he travels amidst incestuous murderers of the first water. He journeys to the heights to seek his guru only to find himself an hermaphrodite of the most uncanny design. His refusal of the divine fate confronting him leaves him first a woman and then transformed to the rat on a dung heap. Shades of Kafka, Gorky and Nietzche abound.
Finally he, like Prometheus, is fated to write his memoirs, when his hands are loosed, only to be bound again. Here insanity is the operative word. The Rat and The Rose is delightful, sometimes shocking and of course naughty as well as naught.
"But what, you ask, is this book about? It is about Good and Evil;
Somethingness and Nothingness; War, Chaos, and Void; Hot and Cold; Raw and Cooked; Sanity
and Insanity; Yin and Yang; Impulse and Expulse; Love and Neglect; Swords and Scimitars;
the Garden of Eden and Transexuality; Time and Timelessness; Death and Immortality; Light
and Dark; Cosmic Schizophrenia and Fleshly Pleasure; and, of course, Rats and Roses. Not
only does The Rat and the Rose contain all of these, but its quite funny and will
make you laugh. I challenge you to read the first two pages of this book and then put it
down." -- Greg Sams
"A book filled with unanticipated delights. A fantastic book, in more ways than one." -- Phillip A. Collins.