The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (Penguin Modern Classics)
Desiderio, an employee of the city under a bizarre reality attack from Doctor Hoffman's mysterious machines, has fallen in love with Albertina, the Doctor's daughter. But Albertina, a beautiful woman made of glass, seems only to appear to him in his dreams. Meeting on his adventures a host of cannibals, centaurs and acrobats, Desiderio must battle against unreality and the...more
It's not the type of book one can breeze through...you have to read and think about every word, and the possible subtexts, double meanings and allegories inherent in every section.
It's challenging, but rewarding.
Read The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman. Take notes. Learn from it. That is how surreality is done.
What a brilliant book. One of the best I've read. HIGHLY recommended to everyone who loves great prose and playing with the laws of reality.
fantastic sequences include: oh i don't want to spoil it.
bold, visionary, original, funny, dense, etc.
hooray for angela carter!
This is a strange book. The plot involves a dream-making machine that is changing the fabric of reality, and a young man who ends up pursuing the elusive man who is behind it. What makes it weird is Carter's predilection for symbolism and strange sexual s ...more
This book reminded me of Burroughs's Junky or Cohen's Beautiful Losers, in that it is sexually explicit in a fantastical and determinedly grotesque and cruel way. I get the feeling that writers like Carter, Burroughs, and Cohen are ...more
It is bitterly difficult to find a decent copy of this book (in the US, at least). The fuzzy, fading print of the edition pictured may thwart all but the most devoted readers. But if you're of the party that considers the brain the most potent love ...more
who wants to read about centaurs raping some lady? maybe some of the dan savage readers. maybe.
but the thing i will remember most about this book was on the last two pages. these two neighbor kids came out of t ...more
Thinking about the novel as a journey through the self leading to ...more
It seems some editor thought War of Dreams is a better title for the Americas than The INFERNAL DESIRE MACHINES OF DOCTOR HOFFMAN which is the UK title...stupid editor!! My copy says "WAR OF DREAMS" but I am choosing to ignore it. bleaaa..
I can't say enough about this great book. I could fill up a book bubbling over this thing, but I will pull my horses to make these simple hopefully coherent snorts.
It's such a treat each sentance and every word. I rolled it over in my brain before digesting it. ...more
Адските машини за желания на доктор Хофман на Анджела Картър най-вероятно ще бъде една от най-добрите книги на родния пазар за тази година. И то не просто във фантастичния жанр, а изобщо на книжния пазар. Мога да си позволя да напиша това, въпреки че не следя особено зорко българското книгоиздаване, просто защото книгата е твърде, твърде добра. Картър е сред най-значимите писатели на английски език за миналия век, а тази нейна твор ...more
Thus, immense possibilities we can scarcely even conceptualize lie within each location and moment. Furthermore, some scientists also speculate that miniscule time dimensions may ...more
"The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" ("TIDM") is a picaresque metaphysical thriller that is both intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable.
To the extent that it's philosophical, there's a risk that it might read like lecture notes. However, I never felt like I was being lectured to. The metaphysics was always absolutely integral to the plot, perhaps because it concerned the metaphysics of desire, and Carter's novel is primarily about desire.
Depth of characters: 4
Emotional Reaction: 4
Intellectual Stimulation: 4
This book's awesome. It's extremely original and well written. On the other hand, some parts were tremendously boring, and the final scenes seemed rushed.
...for now all changes would henceforth be, as they had been before, absolutely predictable.My ongoing class of philosophy hindered as much as helped my reception of this, for I am as familiar with Big Name's rhapsodizing on freedom and reality and metaphysical stuff as I am sick of their standardized tools of female objectification and other exotification. I will likely reread this further on so as to ensure as careful attention to throughout as, in this initial encounter, only came forward i ...more
Reason cannot produce the poetry disorder does.
So be prepared to throw your rationality and causality expectations overboard as you embark on this literary journey through a 'dangerous wonderland', following the peregrinations of one young man named Desiderio who tries to put a stop to the reality altering attacks coming from the renegade and possibly mad scientist, Dr. Hoffman. As an added incentive, Desiderio is also chasing a personal chimaera, the beautiful daughter of Hoffman - Albertina. ...more
The setting is some sort of Caribbean dystopia, where a City is under siege by one man, the eponymous Doctor Hoffman. He has some creepy machines, that change the laws of time and space and allows “mirages” to happen in the same realm as reality. Obviously, people go nuts under this situation and the city becomes ...more
Докато я преглеждах за втори път се опитвах да извадя есенцията, която да разказва накратко случващото се в тези близо 300 страници.
Ключовата дума е "желание". Имаме главен герой, който се определя като "безразличен". Тази нег ...more
This is such a 70s surrealist novel-- ...more
She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter. Th ...more