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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

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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.. 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 the eyes of Joseph Rosenbloom most often referred to as Bloom Bloom s father is a millionaire due to his invention a device that allowed the smooth projection of film When Bloom s mother dies his father takes him to Mount Terminus California to raise Bloom in isolation on the house on the hill The elder Rosenbloom feels that his money has created a world where his son will always be taken care of but he hasn t counted on the fact that no matter how hard you try the world will always find its way in and pain will enter every life The prose is dense but not slow reading The story has epic proportions and reads like a grim fairy tale sibling betrayals in two generations a stolen birthright and good and evil twins a uest Bloom is the innocent to whom things happen rather than a person who makes things happen he is a puer who takes forever to mature Bloom is not in fact a particularly interesting character but enough adventures happen to and around him that the story kept my interest The story is not just about Bloom it s about love and art and unwise grandiosity It reads like a long dream that you don t really want to have end

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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 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 dark storm of thwarted romance industrial hubris and baroue fairy tales A silver screen won t be nearly heavy enough Roll down the plutonium screenThe story takes place on a mountaintop estate in Southern California around the turn of the 20th century A wealthy man named Joseph Rosenbloom lives here like Prospero in Xanadu Don t blame me for that mixed metaphor This pastiche splices scenes from a vast library of stories from Greek classics to Edgar Allan Poe to The Great Gatsby Rosenbloom s fortune stems from his invention of a timing mechanism that regulates the flow of film through Thomas Edison s Kinetoscope The Rosenbloom Loop is a clever little device but it s an even clever symbol of the role that discipline plays in the creation of illusion the persistence of vision that makes seuential still images appear to move In a sense that s the wizardry that Grand spins in this zoetrope of a novel as these characters love and build and pine and die To read the rest of this review please click here


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 li

  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 dark storm of

  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

  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 art

  5. says:

    David Grand is a master I loved this book devoured it Grand sets such a monumental story in play beginning with the first sentence 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 sets out to do in literary terms would make a run at high political office appear like a soft option There is so much packed into these three hundred and sixty four pages that

  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 the eyes of Joseph Rosenbloom most often referred to as ‘Bloom’ Bloom’s father is a millionaire due to his invention a device that allowed the smooth projection of film When Bloom’s mother dies his father takes him to Mount Terminus California to raise Bloom in isolation on the house on the h

  8. says:

    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

  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