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The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
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Oct 17, 2010

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Three stars may be a bit harsh for something that single handedly inspired a whole generation of writers, from lydia davis to donald barthelme. What do you do when the literary device you choose to employ is to be as repetitive, tedius, and autistic as possible so as to express a particular narrative character? We're talking not a single paragraph indentation for 200 pages. First, Mark Haddon did it better with the "Incident of the dog.." Second, put a warning label on the book that says: this book cannot be absorbed in chunks of time less than 8 hours in length. I'm just saying this book is the reason I haven't added any other books to my good reads list for a while. It took me forever to get through it in random hour chunks of time. Third, be willing to sacrifice the depth in which you delve into your philosophical intentions. The intent to explore the facets in the relationship between genius and loser, success and obscurity, natural ability and affected pretense, is going to get murky through the myopic eyes of the narrator.

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Steve When reading becomes akin to traipsing through sludge, it's never a good sign. Thanks for the thoughtful review.

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