Peter Quinones’ Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse contains a variety of stories and ideas in a loosely connected universe that reads as an experimental examination of human life and culture. When I began reading this work I was intrigued by the variety of relationships discussed within the chapters, but also found myself enjoying the elements of film criticism. Quinones’ scene work, which seems like the best way to describe his chapters dedicated to human interaction, is strong and brings forward vivid images of the characters he creates.
Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse in many situations reminded me of the film version of American Psycho. There are romances and failed attempts at romantic connection paired with brutal attacks and tragic moments. This connection of lust with violence in situations that seem fantastic remind me of Patrick Bateman’s view of the world within American Psycho. As it is one of my favorite films I found myself enjoying the moments between characters such as Eve Patricia and Mike Harshwine, Virginia and Rolando, and Dixie and the variety of people within her life. The story I enjoyed most was that of the mysterious unsolved mystery. The sections that share the same title as the book show a great deal of knowledge and creativity, though they are more experimental than the other portions. I also enjoyed the section dedicated to Macbeth as it is one of my favorite plays.
This work is written with mature audiences in mind, there are some scenes and dialogue choices that push me to recommend this work to only those over the age of 18. I did enjoy reading Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse and would be interested in reading more work by Quinones in the future. I though will admit that in the final section I found myself a bit thrown by the addition of notes, they were exceptionally informative, but as no other section had used them I had to go back and reread the final chapter to understand how the notes fit in. Admittedly I prefer footnotes to end notes and if they had been presented as a footnote I would have had an easier time with them. Overall I enjoyed Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse and would recommend it to those looking for short stories focused on life and love between unexpected people.
You can find out more about this series on the official Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse website.
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