The synopsis to this book is accurate & yet doesn't do it justice. This book is a tale redemption, but from what or why. It's message is of a dystoThe synopsis to this book is accurate & yet doesn't do it justice. This book is a tale redemption, but from what or why. It's message is of a dystopia so appalling that you'll want to look away, whilst between your fingers you peek at the sheer mundane nature of human depravity. As a story this is hard to write about without sticking alarms about spoilers partly because the story is so sparse that little happens, but within those parameters your heart will break heal & break again. So for my appraisal of this wonderful book I'm going to copy another reviewers idea & answer with a poem
Someone Whispered To Me In A Dream
Someone whispered to me in a dream that on this Earth, there’ll be no more water, only blood. We’ll drink each other’s blood as we have always done and won’t dream of it anymore. Over dried out springs, bones of dead animals and last humans will pile up. Young hyenas with our faces will titter and fight around their gnawed and dry remains. Novica Tadić...more
Got into these books rather late in the day, after collecting a fairly large pile of books on the subject of Whisk(e)y but have realised that anyone wGot into these books rather late in the day, after collecting a fairly large pile of books on the subject of Whisk(e)y but have realised that anyone with more than a vague interest in this subject needs these books in their shelves If you want to know the history, the politics, what's new or pretty much anything on Whisk(e)y wherever it comes from this is a great place to go to....more
My second DFW & it's been a long time coming, ever since I read Broom of the system, I've wanted to read more from this writer & although I haMy second DFW & it's been a long time coming, ever since I read Broom of the system, I've wanted to read more from this writer & although I have infinite jest I thought this would be a good place for a reintroduction. The Book is made up of 9 short stories & a novella & like Broom reinterpret American reality in a way that is both a homage to it & at the same point in time poking great big holes in all that is perceived wrong. He writes with an intelligence that could be scary were it not for the fact that it is also funny. The tales are
Little expressionless animals - which is set around the game show Jeopardy: this I enjoyed a lot.
Luckily the account representative knew CPR - which concerns an American salary man trying to save a company seniors life, but was a lot darker & more interesting one of my favourites
Girl with curious hair - This is described on the back cover as " terminal punk nihilism meets young Republicanism & that is a good starting point for a good story
Lyndon - a tale of LBJ but through the refracted lens of DFW
John Billy - an epic of a tale about an epic character although told through a vast quantity of hallucinogenic substances. loved this one
Here & There - A road tale & also a dissection of a relationship
My appearance - about an appearance on the David Letterman program & yet so much more, this was a great insight into a certain mindset.
Say Never - Another look into a relationship & also the grass is always greener elsewhere.
Everything is Green - this isn't so much a tale as a poem, in fact I read it twice to see if my initial reaction held true & it did this is my favourite
This just leaves the novella, Westward the course of the empire takes its way - a tale primarily about writing, this was my least favourite although it does give you a great insight into the mindset of someone who will go on to write books like Broom & Infinite....more
In this book Ian Buxton discusses a wonderful range of the possible, the rare, the almost mythical & the downright impossible to find whiskies. HeIn this book Ian Buxton discusses a wonderful range of the possible, the rare, the almost mythical & the downright impossible to find whiskies. He does this with a knowledge & insight that by being tempered by a wonderful sense of humour doesn't come across as all worthy, in fact it's like having a great discussion with someone knowledgeable & with a wicked sense of the absurd....more