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The Obscene Bird of Night by José Donoso
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Sep 05, 10

bookshelves: european-literature, experimental-fiction

One of those books we are supposed to appreciate and be, intellectually, disturbed by. Really, all I saw were a string of grotesque cliches...wrapped in banal plotting, poor translating, a flat style...and, on the whole, boring. I didn't find it very dark or twisted (not sure if that says more about the book or me) and it certainly wasn't compelling...but then postmodernism rarely is.

If you are a navel gazer, neo-post-freudo-marxist, deconstructive linguist, or a weekend wanker then you might be drawn to this work....as for me...I just could not find a way into the narrative.

Not recommended.
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