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'Composition No. 1' is a re-imagining of the little-known classic by Marc Saporta. Made up entirely of loose pages, each page contains its own self-contained narrative, and so it is left to the reader to shuffle through and decide in which order to read them."
Other Format, 155 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Visual Editions (first published 1962)
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Hard to say exactly what this book is about - or why it's something to be read, other than that it is an object of immense beauty and danger.

I read the whole thing in one go after having waited for quite some time, under the influence of Tylenol and a low-grade fever. I do believe this only helped add to the ethereal nature of the book and, hey, I'll take it.

This won't be for everyone, certainly - but even if you don't like the book, you have to admire Visual Editions' beautiful work on the cre...more
so this book came out on Sept. 13, I recommended it to Greg on Sept. 6 and MJ recommended it to me on Nov. 13. and now I've finally gotten around to reading it. so that's all well and good except when it's not.

I think that every person who asks for a recommendation based on the fact that the girl with the dragon tattoo is about violence toward women should be handed this book. mostly because i'm a jerk, but also to prove a point not all books about violence against women are about violence agai...more
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 1, 2012

This bk is a collection of loose pages in a box. It's published by Visual Editions of London who say: "We think that books should be as visually interesting as the stories they tell; with the visual feeding into and adding to the storytelling as much as the words on the page. We call it visual writing." I find this both exciting, insofar as the publishers seem seriously intent on publishing things that're di...more
Alex Spicer
I expected to like this book as a curiosity, in the way that I like all books as objects. I did not expect to be so enthralled with the story.

Composition No.1 is a loose leaf book - the pages are not bound together, and so can be read in any order. This works out rather better than you would expect. The version of Composition No. 1 which I read was unique, nobody has ever read this book as have, and nobody ever will again.

But there is more to this than a clever idea, it is a well written novel,...more
Fran Bambust
I quit. This book is utterly boring. An experiment for experiment's sake. I really prefer Milorad Pavic, who actually achieved something while experimenting with the medium itself. Don't buy it, unless you want to experience the silliness of it. I had big hopes, but Saporta just couldn't deliver.
c.vance c.vance
....good when gimmick meets good writing.
only fault is that there is no point to it... the story or structure of words does not necessitate nor encourage randomness or chaos of the page. there's no link between what is done and why...

still, found it worthwhile for a while.
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