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Travelling People

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
303 pages
Published 1963 by Constable
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MJ Nicholls
Henry Henry is a graduate awaiting his degree classification (or does that make him a student? he doesn’t stude much) who travels north to Wales where he finds work as a barman in a stuck-up country club. While there, like a 1960s Roderick Random, he has various adventures with the snooty manager, haughty Welsh nationalists, and a gorgeous gold digger.

This is Johnson’s first novel and it’s brilliant. A range of techniques brighten each chapter, from thought-streams, screenplays, Sterney digressi...more
Dec 04, 2011 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I bought this in York about 15 years ago for 60p, about £1.40 or $2.20 in today's money. It's out of print and I now see Amazon 2nd hand sellers pricing it at £60 – about $95. How ridiculous.

It's an amiable first novel by an already-confirmed avangardist, so what you get is dollops of autobiography garnished lavishly with Laurence Sterne and James Joyce and served with a side order of incipient hippy philosophy. I liked it. It was charming.
Here's a flavour of how BS likes to tickle his readers u...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
It was nearly three years ago when I first became aware of the name B.S. Johnson. I had reluctantly picked up Jonathan Coe’s fascinating biography of the obscure British novelist, not because I was particularly interested in Johnson in any way, but because I am a huge fan of Coe’s body of work. I became almost immediately enthralled with Johnson’s larger than life presence, his bizarre beliefs, and Coe’s diligent detective work in unraveling the series of events that led up to his eventual suici...more
James Finan
Rare, rare, rare! It's for Johnson aficionados only, and not as good as some of his more readily available novels (The Unfortunates being my fave). But the switching chapter styles, lively story and clear authorial voice make it worth tracking down. They are not going to republish it anytime soon.
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The BURIED Book Club: B.S. Johnson 19 48 Jul 30, 2013 09:16AM  
B. S. Johnson (Bryan Stanley Johnson) was an English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and film-maker.

Johnson was born into a working class family, was evacuated from London during World War II and left school at sixteen to work variously as an accounting clerk, bank junior and clerk at Standard Oil Company. However, he taught himself Latin in the evenings, attended a year's pre-univers...more
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