Gail Pool (review date 21 June 1987)
SOURCE: "Tune In, Turn On, Short Out," in The New York Times Book Review, June 21, 1987, p. 10.
[In the following generally positive review, Pool assesses the strengths and weaknesses of You Bright and Risen Angels.]
In his inventive first novel, William T. Vollmann has given us fiction for the electronic age: a social and political satire that critiques America in technological terms, a computer cartoon that is both a product of technology and a comment on it.
On one level, You Bright and Risen Angels depicts an elaborate computer game. As the book opens, the narrator—a programmer who refers to himself throughout as "the author"—presses...
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