Originally published by Random House in 1969, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and a symbol of the countercultural movement.
In Rudolph Wurlitzer's signature hypnotic and haunting voice, Nog tells the tale of a man adrift in the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere.
This edition of Nog featu...more
'Welcome then, all the influx of vigor and real tenderness. And, in the dawn, armed with an ardent patience, we shall enter magnificant cities.’
“Rudy Wurlitzer,” his mama must have shouted, “you stay
away from those big blue mushrooms down by the jukeyard!” He mustn’t have heard because his novel Nog is one helluva trip. Strange one, this Rudy Wurlitzer, descended from a long line of music machine magicians, of Rudolph Wurlitzer Company fame, young Rud ...more
I think what Wurlitzer is doing here is trying to capture the anxieties, the existential hangups, and the general atmosphere of what is was like to be alive in the la ...more
La verdad es que me siento muy identificado con la forma de escribir de Wurlitzer, muy cercano a sus métodos. Si tengo que ser sincero hay mucho de Wurlitzer en mis novelas, aunque nunca lo había leído. Al igual que ocurrió con La hora del lobo de Bergman, debo reconocer la influencia fantasma de Nog en Constatación brutal del presente.
¿Cómo es posible que me influyan obras que no he leído ni visto?
Volviendo a Nog (y teniendo en cu ...more
La prosa que se gasta Rudolph Wurlitzer es del mismo pelo que la de Erickson en Días entre estaciones, que me horripiló. Como hacía Erickson, Wurlitzer cuando no sabe qué hacer con sus personajes los pone a follar o él se saca la polla y ella se la come. Sí amigos placer licuante a tope.
Lo demás resulta caótico, errabundo, un chapurreo donde un fulano divaga, delira, fantasea, recuerda, borra sus recuerdos, los reconstruye, mientras recorre Estados Unidos con sus ...more
My favorite character is the crazy old man Nog meets in the beginning. He's a very brief character and all you know about him is that he's a crazy old war veteran. Idk why I like him so much, but I do.
My least favorite c ...more
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From the Powells.com review: Reading Nog is akin to reading other counterculture books of the era, particularly the works of Richard Brautigan . Both writers have (or in Brautigan's case had) a gift for finding the mundane rapturous and for exploring the human condition in the simplest terms possible, free from highbrow language, but rich with nuance. Also the two writers have a gift for composing a world that is at once recognizable, yet somehow estranged from reality. ...more
"Wow, this is some book, I mean it's more than a beautiful and heavy trip, it's also very important in an evolutionary way, showing us directions we could be moving in--hopefully another sign that the Novel of Bullshit is dead and some kind of re-enlightenment is beginning to arrive, to take hold. Rudolph Wurlitzer is really, really good, and I hope he manages to come down again soon, long enough anyhow to guide us on another one like Nog."
This novel places the reader so authentically within an unscrewed mind that putting it down actually left me feeling disoriented at times.
The psychedelic cover and massive Pynchon nod (nog?) thereon caught my attention, but I was actually surprised how compelling I found this one.
It loses a star for misogynistic aspects that would've turned me away entirely were it a lesser work.
It’s not because Rudolph Wurlitzer can’t write well that I didn’t enjoy it. There are passages in this book that contain coherent and sustained dialog that prove he can write proficiently. For most of the book however, he chooses not to, probably because Nog is not designed to be pleasurable or fully comprehensible.
Here is a world seen through opaque glass, heard as if from a passing car, and felt through what is probably ...more
Start with Donald Barthelme, add the more benign elements of William S. Burroughs, throw in some endless, tape loop narrative of Alaine Robbe-Grillet (where the same scene and dialog endlessly repeat themselves as in *Project for a Revolution i ...more
It is well written and very insightful if you want to read a Beat-esque type of book that isn't, perhap ...more