Friday, October 29, 2010

ILLUMINATUS! -- A work of fantasy?

Risus Monkey, continuing a meme launched at Huge Ruined Pile, lists 10 "desert island" favorite works of fantasy and includes ILLUMINATUS! by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

It's hard to know how to classify a genre-busting book such as ILLUMINATUS!, and perhaps the work illustrates the difficulty of trying to map the literary territory, but "fantasy" is perhaps not a bad label. I also like another work Risus Monkey lists, Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

2 comments:

Scott said...

I'm the "meme originator," I suppose, such as it is. I don't personally think of Illuminatus! as "fantasy," but other people obviously do, and the genre's elastic enough to hold a lot of outliers. (I originally thought of Pynchon as presenting the same sort of problem.)

Interesting blog, by the way. I still have a large, ancient, scar-tissue-filled tattoo of a Sacred Chao on my right shoulder, courtesy of a somewhat hazy youth and too-easy access to free tattooing. :)

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