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Stupid book idea--

A series of "British schoolboy reminisces" written with an absurdist creeping surrealism.


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Mar. 31st, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
See "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by Joyce.
Mar. 31st, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
Read it. Well, read part of it. Fundamental lack of entertainment value, IMO. An argument could be made that Joyce was an early force in magical realism, but I found Gabriel Garcia Marquez to be more comprehensible (and I don't speak Spanish).
Mar. 31st, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Wait, I can't leave it at that. There's a fundamental genre difference here--POTAAAYM isn't a series of reminisces, per se. Properly, that would be disjointed. It's a bildugsroman, a novel of a child growing into a man, and is therefore informed by growth, by the eventual arrival of the child in his incarnation as adult.

A proper british schoolboy narrative is devoid of pattern and decontextualized, meaning being assigned by the reader. So there.
Mar. 31st, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
The Wall Part II?
Apr. 1st, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
Good morning, Worm, Your honour,
the crown will plainly show the prisoner who now stands before you
Was caught red handed showing *feelings*
Showing feelings of an almost human nature.
This will not do!

In all seriousness, see Pink Floyd's "The Wall". I may have it on VHS somewhere, but if I do, it is nearly worn out. I strongly suggest not seeing it on acid the first few times, as it takes a couple of watchings to really take in all of the social and personal horror of the film, and to decouple the metaphor from the narrative.

It is the systematic dehumanization of Pink, as a boy, as a man and as an artist. Filled with disjointed childhood reminiscances, it walks the viewer through the dreams, regrets, partial memories of childhood. The imagery is somewhat dated, though, since it was produced 25 or 26 years ago (released as a film in Summer, 1979).
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