Love and Other Pranks

Tony Vig­orito

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Mo­bius Hard­cover (386pp) 978-0-9701419-7-2

A novel that can be parsed sev­eral times to un­cover new mean­ing, Love and Other Pranks is a must-read.

Stylish and sur­real, Love and Other Pranks by Tony Vig­orito is a wild ride through both the past and present.

The novel is split be­tween two time lines. The first in­tro­duces mod­ern San Fran­cis­cans Mer­lin and Lila, who op­pose a New Age cult leader, Ivan, and his Holy Com­pany of Beau­ti­ful Peo­ple. The se­cond fo­cuses on eigh­teenth-cen­tury Caribbean pi­rates Crow and Jane, who con­tend with the mur­der­ous Gold­tooth and his path of vengeance. Glid­ing ef­fort­lessly through a host of bizarre and en­chant­ing sce­nar­ios, both cou­ples’ seem­ingly dif­fer­ent jour­neys be­come con­cur­rent; each is ul­ti­mately a quest for truth, beauty, and fun­da­men­tal mean­ing.

This is sur­re­al­ist writ­ing that strikes an ef­fec­tive bal­ance. Vig­orito’s in­ven­tive use of syn­tax is the novel’s best fea­ture. Os­ten­si­bly dis­sim­i­lar ideas and sce­nar­ios are con­joined in un­prece­dented ways through lan­guage, fur­ther­ing the philo­soph­i­cal lean­ings of the char­ac­ters.

Deeply the­o­ret­i­cal ideas like the ab­sur­dity of our cre­ated so­ci­ety and the real mean­ing of truth are ex­plored with a joy­ous ex­u­ber­ance that makes the book im­pos­si­ble to put down. Though seem­ingly in­tended as some­thing of a wake-up call to read­ers, Love and Other Pranks never ser­mo­nizes on the im­por­tance of ab­stract think­ing in the age of ram­pant con­sumerism and mind­less­ness,

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