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SUMMARY Mount Terminus

An eccentric dark genius can't live alone at the top of the mountain forever Prodded by his newly discovered half brother in every way his opposite Bloom will have to come down to meet the world Otherwise the orange farmers and the vaueros the speculators and the developers the artists and the barons of the silver screen will surely come up the mountain to meet him Triumphant and enthralling Mount Terminus marks a magnificent return for David Grand; it's the novel he was born to write. I wanted to like this novel but found it strangely inert A few sections for example Jacob Rosenbloom s youth and training were bright and engaging but the majority of the novel seems observed through a Mt Terminus dust stormLet s say 25 stars

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Mount Terminus

David Grand's Mount Terminus is a dark majestic novel about art family overwhelming love and the birth of Los AngelesAfter his mother's death young Bloom boards a train with his bereaved father Jacob to travel west across mountains and deserts to California Mount Terminus their new home at the desolate end of the world There in a villa built atop a rare desert spring they live apart from society supported by the income from Jacob's invention the Rosenbloom Loop a piece of technology t. David Grand s singular beautifully written Mount Terminus could almost be read as a paean to daydreaming At its center is the young Joseph Rosenbloom or Bloom as he is usually called The boy journeys with his inventor father to live a cloistered existence along with a few servants atop the titular Mount Terminus a plateau situated above pre modern Hollywood As Bloom matures into adulthood the web of intrigue he is born into expands threatening to ensnare him in the trap that once destroyed his parentsMount Terminus is packed with secrets and social maneuvering as well as fascinating descriptions of various optical inventions from the early days of movie making but its pacing is contemplative and languorous much like young Bloom himself Society with its proclivity towards avarice and mask wearing leaves no room for the kind of aesthetic and spiritual space that Bloom a born artist recognizes as essential to his well being His need for unfettered vistas uiet room to think is physical Mount Terminus obliuely references many works but I was especially reminded of Sartre s No Exit and his famous Hell is other people The near impossibility of not altering one s behavior when one is aware of being observed Bloom seeing the transformation of a loved one at a party thinksFor this role for these absurd people she no longer pursued her scientific interests For these mindless conformists she was no longer satisfied with the uiet subtleties of Mount Terminus For her place among these ridiculous men and women she had abandoned him The life of the imagination is shown to be sacrosanct daydreaming as spiritual practice the human fracas must be kept at bay This subtle pulling away appears in various forms Bloom for example takes a number of High Holiday journeys treks that mark a spiritual change A deaf mute servant acts as a kind of moral compass offering uiet companionship and pointing out the path when Bloom loses his way And one of the book s loveliest passages happens when the ugly sailor Eduardo a simple unassuming man lures a bird away from the flock to the rail of the ship where as if it were hung on an invisible string it gracefully hovers with its wings outstretched on the headwind Conversely joining in with the crowd is shown to be a sticky business One character charges off in an attempt to rectify the wrongs of war by documenting them and is shattered A brilliant director Gottleib is revealed to have a clownish need to disrupt with no audience to taunt he collapses Another character I won t reveal here is obsessed to the detriment of all with what will be remembered of him once he s dead When Bloom finally finds his true home and he does gloriously it is with people who share his need for sanctuary They leave him to himself To the uiet To the pleasures of his prolonged silences To his most natural state of being And this is what I like best about Mount Terminus its deep commitment to setting our distractions aside to getting down to the serious business of dreaming

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Hat has revolutionized the nascent art of filmmaking There Bloom grows up in the shadow of his father's grief with only a pair of servants the house's ghosts and his own artistic muse for company But Jacob can't forever protect his family from his past the dramatic series of events that has taken him from the Hebrew Orphan Asylum on New York City's Lower East Side and into the graces of beautiful twin girls and finally to this fragile refuge in pre Hollywood Los Angeles And Bloom now. David Grand is a master I loved this book devoured it Grand sets such a monumental story in play beginning with the first sentence that one might think the pace would be slow but the geographic timescale of his wonderful character Bloom s life is offset by incredible deftness of storytelling Just between pages 8 and 25 Grand unspools a backstory large enough to rest a mountain on and it keeps on going and getting better from there


10 thoughts on “Mount Terminus

  1. says:

    David Grand’s singular beautifully written Mount Terminus could almost be read as a paean to daydreaming At its center is the young Joseph Rosenbloom or Bloom as he is usually called The boy journeys with his inventor father to live a cloist

  2. says:

    David Grand’s new novel about the germination of Hollywood is no day at the pictures Even its title “Mount Terminus” sounds arduous as though to scare off Sunset Boulevard tourists Grand may be writing about fantasies in celluloid but he’s engaged in serious myth making The magic lantern of his prose projects a da

  3. says:

    After a strong opening it descended into a too literate magical realism Clumsy ham handed predictable boring sophomoric self conscious It tries too hard and wants to be scholarly but the voice is cloying and derivative Is phantasmagorical but he isn't Gogol It's overstylized melodrama

  4. says:

    David Grand’s Mount Terminus is an ultimate coming of age story; it also concerns itself with the coming of age of an artist the protagonist Bloom Beyond the journeying the discovering of self Grand gracefully builds a dramatic and subtle interior and exterior worldThe serious business here is that Grand has written an essential

  5. says:

    David Grand is a master I loved this book devoured it Grand sets such a monumental story in play beginning with th

  6. says:

    Make no mistake this is an astonishingly good novel In fact it’s as good as it is ambitious which is really saying something because what this

  7. says:

    Set in the early years of the 20th century ‘Mount Terminus’ chronicles the rise of the film industry and the growth of Los Angeles through

  8. says:

    I wanted to like this novel but found it strangely inert A few sections for example Jacob Rosenbloom's youth and training

  9. says:

    Wonderful If only The bible etc were this readable I might have gotten out of sunday school and my other educational endeavors

  10. says:

    Three is generous Interesting story boringly told I hated the writing style and I had a very hard time paying attention to it

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