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3.15  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Avant garde collection of observances and commentary on artists, musicians and their ilk interspersed with diary entries.
87 pages
Published 2004 by Edinburgh Review
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Tera Marie
Jul 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
While some may love this type of poetry. I could not stand any of it. It is bits and pieces of verbiage thrown together to make an unintelligible, nonsequential babbling of thought. If you are concrete-sequential like me, skip it. While the author is taking segments of conversations and news around him to create these poems, it makes absolutely no sense to the reader. I suppose someone more intellectual than I will find some redeeming value, but I am only glad to have completed this book and to ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is probably the strangest entry to the 1001 list. I have no idea what the book is supposed to be about, let alone why it is on the list!
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to M by: 1001 books to read before you die
I hated this book. It is a jumble of unconnected sentences. The back cover said it was "a compost of found and appropriated language stirred by a random number table." So it is a bit of nonsense. Any one can enter a bunch of unconnected sentences or thoughts and have a computer program mix it. This is not a novel or a book. I cannot believe this is on the 1001 books to read before you die list.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it

That's all I have to say about this one.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
What would happen if you wrote everything you thought, saw, felt or experienced as it happened. You too would have a nonsensical book of random sentences and words to sell. Why this is a must read selection in a the 1001 must read books is beyond me.

This is a ‘biography’ of the authors life that is not worth reading.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the great things about Adjunct is that there is this kind of faint underlying presence, a bit like distant music or some neighbours arguing behind a wall, and sometimes when you're straining after it you discover you have these weird aptitudes you didn't know about and have difficulty naming.

Walking around after having read Adjunct for a bit can feel like walking around after having spent too long in a gallery. You keep spotting things and hearing things as though they were sentences in
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1001-books
You know when you open you computer, ostensibly to start working, but first you need to check your email, which leads to some sort of get this now deal site, and restaurant reviews, and facebook, and buying a wedding gift, and somehow three hundred clicks later you’ve been on a Wikipedia (or Goodreads) binge with no recollection of the previous half hour? Such is the age of endless, instantaneous information. And the waste that comes from its indiscriminate consumption was all I could think abou ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-list-books
The way I approach the booklist is to be as naive as possible - I don't read up on a book before picking it up, and so I sometimes end up feeling a little unprepared. This was a really interesting way to read Adjunct, as it read like the musings of a bright chap with some serious mental health issues - a splash of depression, perhaps with a little hallucination on the side. He wants a job, but he's screwed up multiple attempts, and meanwhile his brain is crowded with equations, Scottish indie ba ...more
Wesley VanHoosen
I was not at all prepared for how difficult it would be to suffer through 75 pages of total nonsensical crap. Besides the chronicling of deaths happening in his life in the 7 year span this work was forged, there was no through line on any of it. The language is choppy and almost paranoid at times. Although I think that this doesn't really qualify as anything you would drink your coffee and relax with on a cold, rainy day, I do think that this book does belong on the 1001 books to read before yo ...more
Seamus Duggan
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is undoubtedly the most strikingly original book I have read this year. Giving Gysin's / Burrough's cut up techniques a spin through a random number generator this is a collage of found phrases, beer, slices of (low)life, deaths, John Cage, grammar, The Fall, whisky, the difficulty of publishing poetry while on the dole etc.
Manson has a killer's surname and an eye for killer phrases. I wonder if he feels The Fall returned to form in the 21st century? Does he still have boils behind his ears
Lisa Bonack
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this book oddly satisfying. I was hoping that some underlying thread would magically appear over the course of the read, but alas, it seems to be merely a string of unrelated sentences. It had a familiar feel to it which I attribute to countless hours of scrolling through facebook, reading cryptic status messages and rarely clicking through to read posted articles. I don't think it's considered a spoiler when I mention that some of the recurring topics include fractals, cacti, badgers, a ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is technically considered poetry, so I guess I'll call it that, but extremely loosely. I abandoned this after a personal records of a single page (after skimming the rest, including the last page, to see if it got better; it doesn't). It consists of short, unrelated sentences, one after the other, in one long, unbroken "paragraph" for 81 pages. Gag me. Don't waste your time.
Ashley Husemoller
All right, here's the deal: I get it & I appreciated this random form of writing, pushing the envelope on what is considered the traditional novel...I just didn't enjoy it. I had some moments where I literally LOL'd, but mostly I just wanted it all to end.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-read
A bizarre concept that kept me interested to start with and which I then struggled to read. This disjointed autobiography was so scattered I didn't feel i knew enough about the subject at the end. 10 out of 10 for originality but i couldn't quite see the point.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Strange entry for the 1001 list, there's no real story and other than a list of people who've died it's difficult to see where the author is going. Manson makes observations, diary extracts and a list of the dead stretch to about 95 pages.
Jan 08, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1001-2000
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Peter Manson (born 1969) is a contemporary Scottish poet. Between 1994 and 1997, he co-edited (with Robin Purves) eight issues of the experimental/modernist poetry journal Object Permanence. In 2001, the imprint was revived as an occasional publisher of pamphlets of innovative poetry, and has so far published work by the poets J. H. Prynne, Keston Sutherland, Fiona Templeton and Andrea Brady. He w ...more