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The Jokers by Albert Cossery
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it was amazing

A pal of Boris Vian's and a citizen of the Saint Germain-des-prés, Albert Cossery is a writer with a wicked sense of humor and has a deep understanding of human folly. His novel "The Jokers" is about a group of revolutionaries (in Egypt?) who fight the power by showing noting but the highest respect for that power. It is sort of a revolution via The Marx Brothers than anything else.

Also there is a joy in life that is actually revoltuionary - and how they apply that in a political take-over or the removal of the Governor, is quite profound. "The Jokers" has a light touch but the message against authority is clear, very enlightened, and a wonderful read.
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Reading Progress

May 23, 2010 – Shelved
July 20, 2010 – Started Reading
November 20, 2010 –
page 102
70.34% "Fantastic book"
November 20, 2010 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by tENTATIVELY, (last edited Nov 21, 2010 11:58AM) (new)

tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE "a group of revolutionaries (in Egypt?) who fight the power by showing noting but the highest respect for that power"

As I recall, Alfred Jarry rebelled against his service in the military by doing things like fanatically embracing sweeping the courtyard (ordinarily a punishment). I ran across this type of thing elsewhere recently, too. Perhaps it was in Genesis P-Orridge's interview w/ Tony Oursler on UbuWeb. Whoever it was mentioned being part of a group that sarcastically embraced the dictatorial characteristics of a school administrator.

There's also, of course, the suspicious tactics of the Anti-Neoists & their slogan "It's Always One O'Clock" (meaning that it's too late for lunch & that there'll be, therefore, NO LUNCH BREAK). "Would you like fries with that?" Whether they're "revolutionaries" or not is hard to say. I personally think they can't be trusted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX7963...


Tosh "a group of revolutionaries (in Egypt?) who fight the power by showing noting but the highest respect for that power

I think it may be a good political tactic for the Left in the United States. They tried everything else!


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