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Adjunct: An Undigest

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Avant garde collection of observances and commentary on artists, musicians and their ilk interspersed with diary entries.
87 pages
Published 2004 by Edinburgh Review
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This is probably the strangest entry to the 1001 list. I have no idea what the book is supposed to be about, let alone why it is on the list!
One of the great things about Adjunct is that there is this kind of faint underlying presence, a bit like distant music or some neighbours arguing behind a wall, and sometimes when you're straining after it you discover you have these weird aptitudes you didn't know about and have difficulty naming.

Walking around after having read Adjunct for a bit can feel like walking around after having spent too long in a gallery. You keep spotting things and hearing things as though they were sentences in
Tera Marie
While some may love this type of poetry. I could not stand any of it. It is bits and pieces of verbiage thrown together to make an unintelligible, nonsequential babbling of thought. If you are concrete-sequential like me, skip it. While the author is taking segments of conversations and news around him to create these poems, it makes absolutely no sense to the reader. I suppose someone more intellectual than I will find some redeeming value, but I am only glad to have completed this book and to ...more
Wesley VanHoosen
I was not at all prepared for how difficult it would be to suffer through 75 pages of total nonsensical crap. Besides the chronicling of deaths happening in his life in the 7 year span this work was forged, there was no through line on any of it. The language is choppy and almost paranoid at times. Although I think that this doesn't really qualify as anything you would drink your coffee and relax with on a cold, rainy day, I do think that this book does belong on the 1001 books to read before yo ...more
Feb 04, 2012 M rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to M by: 1001 books to read before you die
I hated this book. It is a jumble of unconnected sentences. The back cover said it was "a compost of found and appropriated language stirred by a random number table." So it is a bit of nonsense. Any one can enter a bunch of unconnected sentences or thoughts and have a computer program mix it. This is not a novel or a book. I cannot believe this is on the 1001 books to read before you die list.
You know when you open you computer, ostensibly to start working, but first you need to check your email, which leads to some sort of get this now deal site, and restaurant reviews, and facebook, and buying a wedding gift, and somehow three hundred clicks later you’ve been on a Wikipedia (or Goodreads) binge with no recollection of the previous half hour? Such is the age of endless, instantaneous information. And the waste that comes from its indiscriminate consumption was all I could think abou ...more
Maartje (Tizzalicious) Witteveen

That's all I have to say about this one.
A bizarre concept that kept me interested to start with and which I then struggled to read. This disjointed autobiography was so scattered I didn't feel i knew enough about the subject at the end. 10 out of 10 for originality but i couldn't quite see the point.
This book is nearly free thought poetry--a run on series of ideas from email spam, TV news reports, and overheard conversations. Although intriguing, it gets a little repetitive (which may be the point) and while often humorous, it is equally often tedious.
Strange entry for the 1001 list, there's no real story and other than a list of people who've died it's difficult to see where the author is going. Manson makes observations, diary extracts and a list of the dead stretch to about 95 pages.
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Peter Manson (born 1969) is a contemporary Scottish poet. Between 1994 and 1997, he co-edited (with Robin Purves) eight issues of the experimental/modernist poetry journal Object Permanence. In 2001, the imprint was revived as an occasional publisher of pamphlets of innovative poetry, and has so far published work by the poets J. H. Prynne, Keston Sutherland, Fiona Templeton and Andrea Brady. He w ...more
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