The Octopus: A novel
“Nog is to literature what Dylan is to lyrics.”—Jack Newfield, The Village Voice
“A new kind of American travelogue.”—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Somewhere between Psychedelic Superman and Samuel Beckett.”—Newsweek
Originally published by Random House in 1969, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and a symbol of the countercultural movement.
In Rudolph Wu...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
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
[Wurlitzer, Rudolph] (obviously)
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"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.
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
It is well written and very insightful if you want to read a Beat-esque type of book that isn't, perhap...more
Yeeeess!!! I finally finished it :)
It was a nightmare to read but you can feel art in Rudy's style.
It's a little like paintings of not-famous Salvador Dali. You look at it and you think there is sort of story in there that you get, but that's when you're in the grasp of the author's own hands of imagination that is never going to reveal itself cause that would spoil the whole fun.
Beyond confusion, trippy, twisted, crazy awesome.
Eugene Mirman's short film "Insane High Detective" really captured the spirit of this one. Every character in this novel is insane and/or high. The cover is also very groovy. I would recommend paying through the nose for the psychedelic collectable cover.