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Preview — Albert Angelo by B.S. Johnson
What strange language it is to read, this book. How peculiar, to me, my self, too, the reading. The book. This book. That I’ve held, in my hands, this book, my hands have held. Great fun, to read, too, this book, for me, myself, this book, it is. Wonder the punctuation, abundant, too, from McCarthy and Faulkner came? Wonder the syntax, not Dutch, Pennsylvanian or otherwise, too? (I’m going to throw the horse over the fence some hay). Right then, write, write on, read, read more. This read and t...more
This is what my meta-fictive madness shelf was made for. Whooooo wheeeeee, this was an interesting book. I don’t think I’ve read a book like this ever in my life. There was a point at every part of the book where I would have given each different star rating to it. It pulled me in every wh ...more
Adam’s review of pages 9-163 (Prologue, Exposition, and Development) while pretending to have not read beyond page 163:
Although not a perfect no ...more
As for the rest? Well, there are some wonderful moments, and some great writing, but also some parts which seem rather unsure of themselves and feel unfocused to me.
Not my favourite of his by any means, but certainly worth tracking down.
I first read Johnson a couple of years ago. Christie Malry's Own Double Entry. One of the best books I've read. Still. Every page, every sentence, every word: perfect. At times, Albie was even better. As a whole, it was not a ...more
In many ways the experimentation is very much the 60's (and it was written in that era) and it's dated. One can think of Johnson as the British version of Raymond Queneau, but I feel Queneau is a much better writer. But on the other hand I am still curious about Johnson's other w ...more
(noch nicht die Review, nur Lesenotizen)
"Ja, er, der so das Irrlicht vor mir schwenkte, den Handstock zur Hand, die aktive Seite der Prosa zugewandt"
Für B.S. Johnson, ein-Mann-Avantgarde der britischen Literatur in den 60ern, stand fest, dass die Prosa nach Joyce und Beckett nicht zurückfallen dürfe in die victorianisch-gemütliche Erzähltradition. Joyce hat die Messlatte nun nicht gerade tief gehängt
(hier eine meiner von Arno Schmidt übertragenen Lieblingsstellen aus dem gern ...more
I marked it as 5 stars because to me it was easily a 5 star book. With that said, I am unsure if it will be as profound to others.
I would definitely give it a shot.
Oh, and before I go, yes there is some s ...more
B.S. Johnson left only a ...more
There'a Albert's thoughts on himself and his life, the past and the future. We also get glimpses of what others think of him. Johnson was also very concerned with the lay out of the book. The layout includes spliting the page and simultaneous conversations going on, or cut outs which mean that a section of writing is rea ...more
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