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A Void by Georges Perec
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Dec 29, 2007

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

Totally satisfying, though not for folks lacking stoicism and assiduity. Probably most highly thought of by souls familiar with and forgiving of structuralist and po-mo thought. I still cannot avoid basking in our author's playful adaptations of traditional familiar works, such as Ozymandias, Song of Solomon, and a short synopsis of Moby Dick. Playful and succinct (sort of), with not a Vowl too many.
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Paleofuture I finished this and thought it was great, especially his take on 'the raven'. I'm going to have to check out 'Life...' this year.

Jason I'm also going to make another go at "Life" with a few friends, let me know how you fare. I've been reading the Oulipo Compendium which is sort of an encyclopedia d'Oulipo and has some lengthy articles on the different devices the authors employ. "Life" is startlingly complex--the grid of the apartment building which is his subject is traversed via the pattern of the knight's movements on a chessboard (an L shape), with different combinations for each one...i can't even begin to describe it. I think I will appreciate it more the second time around now that I have a basic understanding of what he's doing.

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Jessica This is a singularly apt analysis of this book. I am now going to confront this insanity without ado, in part thanks to your insights into it. Good work!

Manny Cool! I thought I had to follow in your path...

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