A Noise Such as a Man Might Make

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ased on two iconic American novels, A Noise Such as a Man Might Make is a computer conflation using a well-known algorithm that has been applied to language since the middle of the twentieth century. The two source texts share many stylistic and thematic features, both narrating the ritualistic, circular struggle of a man and a boy against hostile environments. The other characters consist of the cold, hunger, physical pain, emotional pain, rain, snow, roads, and the sea. More musical than anecdotal, this novel aims to portray a certain model of masculinity held by Western society for centuries and finding a special place in warlike circumstances. A Noise Such as a Man Might Make is the history of a dying model of manhood, the now troubled paradigm of men as warriors and survivors. The book includes an Afterword by Nick Montfort.

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