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by Doyle, Rob,

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" Game and gleefully provocative . . . My treasured companion of late." --New York Times

" Threshold , or, how I learned to stop worrying (about what sort of novel this is) and love the narrator, whose brilliance and humor on drugs and literature, sex and boredom and death, leave me in awe. " --Rachel Kushner

"Fearless and challenging, inventive and compulsive, unique and utterly heartfelt." --John Boyne

"Daring and deranged, endlessly entertaining, furiously funny." --Geoff Dyer

"Playful, potent, lurid, moving, and fearless." --Lisa McInerney

"[A] modern day odyssey." --Teddy Wayne

"A Pilgrim's Progress for our time." --Mike McCormack

"A thrilling mutation . . . [Doyle's] is a journey you don't want to miss." -- Chris Power

An uninhibited portrait of the artist as a perpetual drifter and truth-seeker--a funny, profound, compulsive read that's like traveling with your wildest and most philosophical friend.

The narrator of Rob Doyle's Threshold has spent the last two decades traveling, writing, and imbibing drugs and literature in equal measure, funded by brief periods of employment or "on the dole" in Dublin. Now, stranded between reckless youth and middle age, his travels to far-flung places have acquired a de facto purpose: to aid the contemporary artist's search for universal truth.

Following Doyle from Buddhism to the brink of madness, Threshold immerses us in the club-drug communalism of the Berlin underworld, the graves of myth-chasing artists in Paris, and the shattering and world-rebuilding revelations brought on by the psychedelic DMT, the so-called "spirit molecule."

Exulting in the rootlessness of the wanderer, Doyle exists in a lineage of writer-characters--W. G. Sebald, Ben Lerner, Maggie Nelson, and Rachel Cusk--deftly and subversively exploring forms between theory and autobiography. Insightful and provocative, Threshold is a darkly funny, genuinely optimistic, compulsively readable celebration of perception and desire, of what is here and what is beyond our comprehension.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Beginning in Dublin, Doyle's second novel (Here are the Young Men, 2014), follows writer Rob across the globe as he explores art, literature, his sexual appetites, and the mind-altering experiences of numerous drugs. He is ashamed of his desires, unsure of what he wants from life, and drifts aimlessly from city to city. As he travels from Paris to Sicily, San Francisco, and Berlin, he writes elegantly and powerfully about numerous writers and thinkers. Moreover, he involves himself in many contemporary art circles, as well as psychoactive endeavors. Each section of the novel is set in a single location. Rob's experiences on the Berlin club scene are brilliantly depraved, and the final chapter on DMT is funny, shocking, and deeply thought-provoking. Written in an almost resigned style, Doyle's self-portrait of a writer brings to mind the struggling young writer protagonists in Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station (2014) and Sheila Heti's fiction. Written in lyrical prose that often masks the bleakness of his narrator's worldview, this tragicomic, introspective, and philosophical work beautifully explores the limits of our understanding."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Doyle (This Is the Ritual) follows in this poignant tale an itinerant narrator as he searches for personal enlightenment. The narrator, 30-something Rob, recounts his adventures through a series of letters to an unknown recipient, composed mainly of ruminations on spirituality and the nature of truth alongside reminiscences of stories about his adventures across the globe. Among these are his expedition foraging for psychedelic mushrooms in Ireland, his visit to the graves of famous writers in Paris, his time at Buddhist meditation retreats in Southeast Asia, and his druggy clubbing lifestyle while living in Berlin. Throughout, he carries on lively, often humorous discussions with himself about identity that hover on the edge of chaotic existential crisis: "I swam in the sea and had the ecstatic drunken insight that everything is transient, everything is eternal, both statements are true." Doyle's musings are always intriguing and often enlightening, offering a glimpse of the anxious yet pleasing rationale of a mind struggling to live in a rational world. Fans of Will Self will enjoy this. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Authors -- Fiction.
Travel -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description 316 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781635574142
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