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The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus: Four Novels: Out, Such, Between, Thru

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These four novels by Christine Brooke-Rose each develop distinctive narrative patterns, changing the structures, textures, forms, and idioms of fiction to explore the central tensions and contradictions in culture. The novels are distinguished by their high wit, restless inventiveness, and the sharp focus of a European humanist reflecting on that culture.
Paperback, 742 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published January 1st 1986)
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Scribble Orca
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Having less time than the neuron firing in the cerebral vortex enabling the processing of what an eye reads flickers on the screen perhaps scribbles on a page pertaining to some such out of the blue what might seem nonsense etwas andere Bedeutung als bestellt, conjecture this an exercise in reading between the lines the characters the spaces the places the silences in between.

Bilingual Christine Brooke-Rose, both phictionalist and filosofist, finesses with apparent and actu
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Jonathan Norton
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The 4 crucial novels whereby CB-R established herself as one of the great British experimentalists of the 60s, alongside B.S.Johnson and Ann Quin. Actually she had started a career at the end of the 50s as a fairly conventional novelist in the same mode as Muriel Spark, but those 4 earlier novels have never been reprinted (although Spark was a great fan of them).

"Out" (1964) is often referred to as "science fiction", but has little in common with any genre SF then or now. It is set in Africa in
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David
Sep 20, 2018 added it
One begins reading “Out” thinking that one is in the presence of profound experiment. One complex “Thru” thinking that “Out” was utterly conventional. As these four novels progress, the reader is increasingly embedded in an investigation of semiotics and literary theory, a playful echolabia land in which allusion is illusory and verse visa. Critics have described Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as a literary cul-de-sac. That may be more or less accurate, but it must be admitted that, in “Thru” at the ver ...more
Brent Hayward
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other than the strangeness, these four books are not related. (Well, they are a bit, but more like compass points of a remote and isolated geography than any kind of coherant sequence.) So I went from not knowing anything about CB-R to reading four of her increasingly obtuse novels, consecutively, over the summer. The effect has been like having my brain sucked down a wormhole. Each book was further deconstructed. In Africa, after a cataclysm, colourless (whites?) have become the menials in a bl ...more
Jenny
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the four, I read Thru. The reading itself required quite a bit of work and play, but it changed the experience of the text itself. I'm still quite interested in Brooke-Rose's project and hope to read the remaining novels in the future.
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I found "Such" and "Thru" to be the most interesting of the four, but there are some truly striking moments in each work. Well worth the work it takes to read.
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Rivetting.
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Finished Out; will probably be back for the rest!
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Christine Frances Evelyn Brooke-Rose was a British writer and literary critic, known principally for her later, experimental novels. Born in Geneva and educated at Somerville College, Oxford and University College, London, she taught at the University of Paris, Vincennes, from 1968 to 1988 and lived for many years in the south of France.

She was married three times: to Rodney Bax, whom she met at B
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