A rampaging virus has mutated from digital to biological and made human beings nearly extinct. To restock the planet with virus-free people, governments of the world have established secure breeding centers surrounded by laserfences to keep out the infected and doomed. In one of these hygienic compounds, Quaran/Clean Ararat, we meet the four heroes of GONERZ. Two are “wombA rampaging virus has mutated from digital to biological and made human beings nearly extinct. To restock the planet with virus-free people, governments of the world have established secure breeding centers surrounded by laserfences to keep out the infected and doomed. In one of these hygienic compounds, Quaran/Clean Ararat, we meet the four heroes of GONERZ. Two are “wombers” and two are “spermers.” They are about to turn thirteen. They have grown up as best friends. They know that their government now expects them to procreate. They are constantly pressured to get pregnant. And in the next four months they will learn more about life and death and love and sex than they could ever have imagined.Written in the form of diary entries, GONERZ is a post-apocalyptic parable—an enchanting mix of tender romance, daring adventure, erotic frolic, dark suspense, and broad comedy. From the wide-eyed viewpoint of the womber who narrates the story—in the young chums’ winsome slanguage—GONERZ takes us on a playful romp back to puberty, looks in on a plucky foursome and their polyamorous first loves, and tells a spellbinding tale of their encounters with contagion, sexual corruption, body rot, and deadly menace from outside the laserfence.Can the four of them hold on? Will their love for one another survive? Does our species have a future?Or is everyone...GONERZ?...
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At first I picked up this book for the same reasons I read A Clockwork Orange and Finnegans Wake. The first few pages intrigued me, with its unique vernacular and formatting. Now that I've completed reading the book, I just can't believe Gonerz hasn't had more recognition. It's a story of unabashed, unconditional love and hope in a world drenched with sexual inanity.Deceptively simple, Gonerz is the title of a diary written by Mylanta, a young girl with a self-admitted learning disability. She has her own sheerly neek way of describing things, and she lives with three other children who share her birthday. These two pairs, called quadders, are wombers and spermers whose glorious future lies in producing virus-free children for the war effort.You might find Mylanta shallow at first, but as you read on you find that, despite the "learning disorder", her innocent and naive observations are very astute. How a sixty-something year old author managed to pull off this particular POV, I don't know. If you do some research, you'll find John Stoltenberg is a radical feminist who's written a couple of books about the traditional roles of men and pornography. It's interesting to note he's also the life partner of the late, notorious feminist Andrea Dworkin(who I believe cameos as a martyr, perhaps reflecting Stoltenberg's feelings about the circumstances surrounding her). I believe their mutual philosophy has been distilled into this novel, becoming readily accessible to the young reader and on.There are perspectives on love without sex, the pornography industry, the government's trustworthiness, and religion. My favorite segment is the Stanno and Franno bit, a hilarious screwball sketch bordering on slapstick that had me in stitches. The observations on sex, the pornographic kind, are filtered through these quadders whose love knows no boundaries. The taboos of culture are swept aside by their isolation and, ironically, the inundation of pornography; they approach life with honesty and the pleasure of their own.I found myself loving them and their idyll of innocence on the Quaran/Clean Ararat: the razor smart Brut, the sensitive yet tough Chapstick, the ultra-dense but occasionally slick on the guff Dippity do, and the sweet worry of Mylanta. Then I found myself fretting about them and their way of life. They are so completely human in their sheer goodness, they might as well be nearly alien to us and our "traditional" values of love and sex. I feared for them when the world came crushing down, and rejoiced when the subtle deus ex machina, which you find wasn't really a deus ex machina in the first place, wormed itself into the narrative. It ended sheerly neek, the most amazo way it could have ended. Hope springs eternal... or does it? The author has invited his readers to contribute to the future of these quadders.John Stoltenberg has written a very important book. It says that there's more to being human and our bad old ways. There's ways where we can be less crude, and find the natural love within us all. Really, it's just like looking through a child's view of the world.
A weird, uncomfortable, relatable look at a dystopian society. You will hate the language used at first...but then it will grow on you and you will definitely relate to the characters through their young eyes as they grow and change so quickly.
Incredible book. Powerful and incisive. But I'd expect nothing less from stoltenberg. Was happy to find that despite the author being a long time academic the MC has an authentic and relatable voice. Sad that this hasn't garnered more attention. Definitely for fans of Only Ever Yours.