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"There is nothing more dangerous...than a character with no author."

*This is the first edtition of The Unwords and it is now out of print. It was only available for a limited number of copies exclusively through the author's official website in 2012. The second edition was published in 2013 by Fearache Publishings and it's available worldwide through all major book retaile...more
Paperback, First Edition (out of print), 90 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by the author
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Iva
May 28, 2012 Iva marked it as to-read
This only silence knows...
How paradoxical we are...
we...
the hollow...as I lay on my bed...
next to on one...
while others around the world...
lay next to someone...

But that's not what differentiates us...
cause right now, me and them...
we are all alone...
as they turn their backs to their women...
Instead of holding them tight...
we are one and the same...
we...
the vacant...

No...
the difference is when you are here...
next to me...

Yes...
when you are here...




...I sleep next to everything.

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Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I just...
can't deal...
with such a large...
amount of...
ellipses...

I think I adored...
the compositions...
of the pages...
much more...
than the poems...
themselves...

However...
I did particularly enjoy...
the first part of the book...
and the third...
the second part was a little less...
enjoyable...
for myself.
Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
The author (The pseudonymous unauthor) gave me a copy of the first chapter of his book (Titled “Aesthetics”). I am a huge fan of both pseudonymous people (Gee, wonder why that is?) and free stuff, so despite the fact that I am a poetry plebeian (High poetry for me usually consist of limericks who's first line ends in 'Nantucket') I gave it a go.

At first I thought it was good. Not spectacular, not great – but solid poetry that didn’t quite catch me. Combining that with the art, which is also good...more
Jelena
Mr. John Doe, you are not an unknown person. You are the voice that many should listen to. Imagine you were born couple of centuries ago. Do you think you would live despite the words you're promoting?
I was shocked, don't think I wasn't. The shock came when I realized that you are not a romantic poet, but a rough truth teller. You haven’t given the reflected picture of today’s world, but the true picture of our lives. We build our world on the bloodshed of our ancestors and celebrate it. What’s...more
Lynne
Mar 25, 2012 Lynne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
An exquisite and thought - provoking read! As George Orwell said, “In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. This is precisely what the author of The Unwords is trying to achieve. A revolution in our perception of the world! By using honesty as his most powerful weapon, he pushes us out of our comfort zone and attempts to change our way of thinking ones and for all.

Nowadays the society is structured in such a way that ethics and humanity are becoming slowly extinct. The aut...more
George
SELF-RIGHTEOUS ANGER AS MELANCHOLY ANGST—BUT SO COMPELLING.

"Make no mistake.
Fear will destroy you.
Fear will devour all that you are
and everything that you adore around you.
Fear is what drives you to do nothing,
when you know damn well
you need to do something."—Loc 45/127

Wow! What a rewarding reading experience.

I've just finished reading THE UNWORDS: Exposing the Dishonest Language of a Culture in Decline and the only urge I feel stronger than that to quote copious passages herein, is to start rea...more
Kayla Eklund
The Unwords brings a philosophically provocative point of view. The definition of the title seems to be the unspoken. Thoughts that have become taboo only through the social assimilation that every person wishes not to recognize in themselves. From the trauma of psychological isolation to the social acceptance of blame, every word echoes the nearly six years the author has taken to compile this book. Contemplating themself, and everyone else coexisting (or lack thereof) on this planet we call ea...more
Lindsay
Wow....
.0000000000000000000000000000000001 stars.
This book aimed for profundity and landed on naïveté. The writing reads like the vague ramblings of an 18 year old who believes his mind has been opened, all of the posers have been exposed, and that this 18 year old alone has all of the answers to the world's problems.
Yeah. No.
I downloaded this book because I am interested in exploring the way ebook forms can combine many mediums. In this way, Unwords is interesting, but still not a success. The...more
Sheryl
A graphic novel in verse - two literary forms for which I don't care much, but decided to give a try. The writing is not bad, particularly as verse goes, but the content? Ugh. UGH. Arrogant, angry, pessimistic and dark. Get the writer some drugs and remove all sharp objects from his sight. Nothing good ever existed in the world and everyone sucks, especially you, you selfish corporate drone completely controlled by big business and big government (note: this means YOU, unless you are the writer)...more
Vik
I absolutely loved this, verse was never this good when I did English lit many many moons ago or would be a big fan of poetry now. This will challenge your conceptions on certain topics and the religious iconography may not be to everyone's taste but you can't please everyone.

Overall the book is split into 3 themed sections and it flows so well, you can feel the different emotions that are being evoked and I felt connected to the unwords. The ending is a surprise, albeit a pleasant one, I hope p...more
John
Apr 07, 2012 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to John by: a friend from The Zeitgeist Movement
Shocking!!!! I was lucky to get a "free" copy from the author, but I actually felt guilty because of that after I finished reading it. This book attacks your senses with every single sentence and by the time you reach its conclusion you will never be the same person again.

If there was ever an example of a book that was more than just words..this is it! If you are an idealist, an activist, or have any concern about the state of the society we live in today, The Unwords should be your bible! 5/5 h...more
Jennifer Ciotta
A raw, captivating book of poetry that touches the soul and inspires the mind. I absolutely love the unapologetic, tender yet harsh words the author chooses to describe life. Many of the lines are so breathtaking and innate, they will haunt me for a long time. Such as: "What have I done so far...that hasn't led to nothing?" Haven't we all felt this way at one time or another. Also, The Unwords is beautifully designed with stunning images throughout the text.
Alexandra
Let's put Khalil Gibran and Richard Brautigan in a blender with some Tool lyrics and see what happens!

Ned Gray
This book is a must have.
Grady
`There is nothing more dangerous than a character with no author.'

Non Nomen (`no name') is the moniker assigned by the author to provide his anonymity, but that at first seemingly gimmick to sell a book should in no way deter readers from delving into this collection of thoughts and images and poetry that has the courage to `unleash a full scale attack on all fronts of cultural and social decay.' What we learn from his introduction is that he grew up in a `very violent, ultra-nationalistic, drug...more
Buck Ward
I got The Unwords because it was free on Amazon.com. From the title I expected it was a discourse on the use and misuse of language in our culture. That's not what it is.

One thing that is unusual about this book is that almost every page is written on a graphic, and image of some sort. This is the first time I've seen this on my Kindle. That's the best part of this book.

The author is unknown, anonymous, Non Nomen. The author has a damaged, dismal outlook. She resents her parents.

The text is writ...more
Zoey42
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads and at first I wasn't sure about this book. I thought there are so many people out there who love reading poetry and philosophy books, but it isn't my cup of tea. Really.

Boy, I was totally wrong. At the moment I got the book, I read the book in one day. It left my mind blown and I couldn't sort out my thoughts, so the next day I read it again, that time more slowly, carefully thinking over each verse.

Some people find this book revolutio...more
Fae Faber
This was a free book that I downloaded from Amazon. It was interesting and different...seemed like poetry but supposed to be a graphic novel. Not sure what to think about it.
Donna
If you have not read this, then you should! If for no other reason than it is so unusual and it's free! It will open your mind up to things than none of us have ever really given any thought to at all. I'm not saying that I personally agree with all that is in the book but I do say that it does leave a lot of room for consideration and research. For obvious reasons I can say that I have never read anything like this before. At this moment I'm not even sure that I liked it but I will say that it...more
Christian
I absolutely loved reading The Unwords. I loved reading it for the same reason I love reading Orwell, because brutal honesty shines throughout the whole book. Nothing is left unsaid, all things to do with the way our system works are criticised and talked about in a very open and honest way, from politics, to relationships, the individual. After finishing reading, you won't forget what you have just read for sure.

I don't want to give anything away, but I recommend this book to everyone. I think...more
Johanna Haas
I'm really not certain what to make of this book - self-righteous and arrogant, angsty and personal. It doesn't really seem like poetry (it is far too straightforward) but it is written in poetic form, with art that I also don't know what to make of. I will give it a second read to see if I can make up my mind.
Stephany Blackston
The Unwords brings a philosophically provocative point of view. The definition of the title seems to be the unspoken. Thoughts that have become taboo only through the social assimilation that every person wishes not to recognize in themselves. From the trauma of psychological isolation to the social acceptance of blame, every word echoes the nearly six years the author has taken to compile this book. Contemplating themself, and everyone else coexisting (or lack thereof) on this planet we call ea...more
Christi
If I had one complaint to express to the author, it would be there should be a blog or somewhere people who have already read The Unwords can interact and discuss about this magnificent book with no worry about revealing anything. I believe the book is impossible to discuss or review without revealing its "secrets". Other readers already know what I mean. Anw, this book really caught me off guard. The author takes a punch at the system and takes no prisoners. I have to admit, I read a lot of boo...more
Linda
Too dark, after a decent start with the first story, it falls into a pattern of "the world is a horrible place and I hate it, change the world and it will be better."
Note to author; First you must change yourself.
☯Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 ☯Bettie☯ marked it as noway-josé
My o my, how self-important and wannabe-subversive is this.
Mii
This book is a great read!
Cynthia
I received "The Unwords" in the mail today. I started reading it just to see what it was really about and I didn't put it down until I finished it. "The Unwords" is an exquisitely poetic tale which takes the reader on an unusual journey through the facts of the world we live in that we often don't acknowledge. I'm sure I'll read this multiple times.
Klasp
This is a truly interesting book with an entirely different way of thinking. With a balance between the verses and the authors art really makes every page fulfilled and maxed out with things that really makes you think.

Gladly recommend this book to anyone to wants to read something different and thought invoking!
Amanda
The author dares to open our minds to the 'unwords' in such a raw way that one cant help but to be moved. The verse and art throughout make it all the more thought provoking. Very good read.
Linda Hixon
Poetry worth exploring for the truths that gut punch the reader.
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Non Nomen (latin for "no name") is just one of a number of pseudonyms frequently used to identify this anonymous author, though he has never used an official alias himself and his work doesn't feature any name or alias of any kind on its cover or within its content.

He is known for his very distinctive method of blending fluent poetic verse with full-page illustrations that form novel-like chapters...more
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