worst dialogue i've encountered in 2k8 + plus pointlessly quirky anti-endings and incidents = i will not be reading any more haruki murakami. i'll stiworst dialogue i've encountered in 2k8 + plus pointlessly quirky anti-endings and incidents = i will not be reading any more haruki murakami. i'll stick to ryu, thanks....more
As many have said, it seems like many people consider this a "mini-The Possibility of an Island," but upon reFirst read in 2008, second read 12/10/14.
As many have said, it seems like many people consider this a "mini-The Possibility of an Island," but upon revisiting this I found it far more than that.
I wrote the following in an email immediately after finishing it:
"I ended up watching Houellebecq's own film adaption of Possibility of an Island last night (it's an interesting failure, I think...), but it lead me to grabbing my copy of Lanzarote to bring to work-- I just finished re-reading it,[...]--it's really terrific actually, something about how concise it is, how weirdly filled with pleasure that immediately gets disrupted by The World... it speaks louder to me now, as perhaps I find myself generally more dedicated to the short novel over the longer one..."...more
Continuing with my yearly re-readings of this. I am always impressed by the concise nature of Cooper's prose, how his ideas are complex but their exprContinuing with my yearly re-readings of this. I am always impressed by the concise nature of Cooper's prose, how his ideas are complex but their expression is straightforward. ...more
I think this is probably my least favorite of the cycle, though it still being Cooper, I still like it more than a lot of other author's work. The insI think this is probably my least favorite of the cycle, though it still being Cooper, I still like it more than a lot of other author's work. The insistence on the incorporation of the lyrics from music that's playing strikes me as a bit annoying, as I don't ever really feel like indie rock lyrics, especially those rattled out in the ironic voice of Robert Pollard, really hit at the emotion that this book was presenting (though I should clarify that GBV is one of my favorite bands, so it's not that I don't like the lyrics).
There's also a sort of defeated nastiness here that I think is absent from the other books, despite how many not-entirely-invested readers are quick to accuse the evilness of. Both Frisk and this work seem to deal with the issue of representation, and while it's more on the surface here, I think it works a lot better in Frisk.
This is the only book in the cycle that takes, exclusively, the narrative pov of the "predators" so to speak (while it's all from narrator-Dennis-godlike point of view that is). In the rest of the cycle, I suppose excluding Frisk, the point of view is primarily that of the hunted instead of the hunter. This feels a lot more predatory, and I would say intentionally so, but in a way that makes it sort of uncomfortable, and not just in the level of uncomfortability that the subject manner brings. Somehow, Dennis throwing character-Dennis' ideology through the abstracted pseudo-language of LSD also weakens it. It makes it less sincere. When 15 year old Ziggy is fucked up on drugs and trying to understand drugs in stilted and fragmented language, it's a lot more sincere than 30-or-40-something Dennis doing the same thing. Character Dennis has already been in Ziggy's place.
Though I have to admit that the (semi-)straight up autobiographia with George that pops up near the end of the book is used brilliantly, especially because it conflicts the voice of character-Dennis even more.
Okay, having just been clued into the fact that half of the "article for SPIN" in Guide was actually part of an article that the real Dennis Cooper wrote for SPIN magazine, I pulled my copy of All Ears off my shelf (for some reason the only Cooper book that I haven't read yet... guess I'll do that tomorrow, apparently I just always forget that it exists), and read the original article. The different contexts color it in totally different ways, but also sort of serve to highlight how incredibly-fucking-meta Guide is. I think it's probably a lot more technically accomplished than the former three books in the cycle, but it's just the narrative itself that I don't like as much. It's a brilliant experiment, and I think people that dismiss Cooper as a "flat" writer are totally missing out on what his texts are actually doing, but whatever....more