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Luminarium

A Novel

by Alex Shakar

Luminarium
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2011, 432 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2012, 432 pages

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Judy Krueger

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In our current state of rapid technological advance, this novel posits that we still need spiritual answers...

Luminarium may not be for every reader, but if you like to feel the intelligence of the author behind a story that addresses contemporary subjects, this one is for you. Alex Shakar's first novel, The Savage Girl, got glowing reviews and made it onto some "best of" lists, but I found the characters calculating, brittle and soulless. In Luminarium, the author clearly went looking for some spiritual underpinnings, as does his main character, and was successful in his quest.

Fred Brounian, the seeker in the story, is a twin. He and George grew up with yearnings for a better world and successfully created one virtually. Meanwhile the real world got worse: the attack on the World Trade Center, the resulting fear of terrorism and wars, and the rise of the military in American life. In fact, Fred, George and a third brother Sam suffered their own attack when Urth, their ...

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