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Berg by Ann Quin
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Oct 23, 10

bookshelves: experimental, madness
Read from October 02 to 23, 2010

the narrative consciousness of BERG is pretty singular. often it seems as though the protagonist is rehearsing dramas in his mind, sometimes talking to others, sometimes talking to himself, and the reader doesn't know what is fantasy and what reality. a lot of strangeness here - a claustrophobic book, and immensely disorienting at first. the premise is the oedipal triangle: the first line reads "A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father..." . the language is wonderful; a lot of well-placed metaphors that are creepy and activated (that is, not just image but put in motion). looking forward to reading Tripticks.
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