"Dog vs. God. In an iconoclastic story, Dog demolishes the foundations of Western civilization." --Publishers Weekly
"An engrossing, brilliantly crafted read. Melikian's prodigious writing talent and ability to show the world's history in a different, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic air, creates an entertaining ride into warring religions, warring cultures, warring sexes, and the histories and raison d'être behind each." --ForeWord Reviews
“With plenty to ponder and plenty to entertain, Journey to Virginland is a fun and enlightening read and is quite the recommendation.”--Midwest Book Review
"A novel that is completely different than anything that I have ever read before." --Paige Lovitt, Reader Views
"A book that shakes up the foundation of what we know to be true." --Monique Muro, Long Beach Book Examiner
"A book unlike any other... A very intelligently written, original work of fiction... A book quite out of the ordinary." --Kam Aures, Rebecca's Reads
"Journey to Virginland is of unquestionable merit." --Matti Kangaskoski (Finland), Literary Journal KRITIIKKI
"Full marks to Mr. Melikian for trying something new. Journey to Virginland could be the next bestseller. Give it a try, it's certainly different." --Janet Walker (Australia), Bookpleasures
"The author has moved ahead of the zeitgeist. The self-confident writing is of high quality. The novel is ambitious and it certainly breaks new ground." --Writer's Digest
At turns heartbreaking and diabolically funny, Journey to Virginland is a tour de force, delivered by a master storyteller.
The protagonist, a loutish and uber-cerebral antihero known simply as Dog, takes on the challenge to navigate the perilous paradigm shifts of our age, determined to find his proper place under the sun. Is he doomed to failure? Or will he pull it off by heeding his own irreducible voice, given the ebb of the old certainties?
Dog pursues the answer unrelentingly, through an impassioned quest for identity and meaning. He revisits his relationships with women, family, literature, and homeland, in the process illuminating his journey with commentaries on history, religion, politics, and culture that unravel our very fabric.
Marked by biting satire and tappings into lushest scholarship, Dog’s naked critique touches on some of the most pressing issues facing humanity: the arrogance of empire and organized religion; the persistence of bigotry, xenophobia, and social Darwinism; the double standards of sexual politics; the bankrupt rationale behind patriotism and state propaganda; and hypercapitalism and consumerism, among others.
An ocean of struggles and epiphanies takes Dog to a spiritual ground zero called Virginland, where the story unfolds. It is also in Virginland that Dog unearths an ancient calendar based on a cosmic worldview.
What emerges from the protagonist’s odyssey is not only a cogent depiction of what makes us tick, but, as day follows night, a dazzling new vista for social and spiritual transformation.
With its vibrant style, thematic breadth, and, ultimately, unfettered sense of humanity, Journey to Virginland establishes itself as a groundbreaking literary enterprise and a true original.