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The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
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Nov 09, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, music, abandoned

Man, it's been a bad book spell--I think this is the third book I've abandoned in the last week and a half or so. I used to feel really bad about that, but now I just feel annoyed that the books I've abandoned weren't entertaining enough to hold my interest. Heh...

Anyway...I think maybe I just don't get this one. I'm about halfway through, and the entire book so far has been the main character thinking about his two "friends" (really none of them seem to actually have liked each other, or anyone else, or anything else) and things they said and did at various points, while he waits for an innkeeper to show up. I think at one point he thought about looking in a window, but the window was dirty like everything else in Austria, so he stopped looking in the window and just went back to waiting and thinking. It's very, very repetitious, the sentences are really awkward, the entire book is pretty much one seemingly endless paragraph, and the main character and his dead buddy Wertheimer seem like the two grumpiest fellows in the history of ever. And also kind of crazy. So far the only thing I've been able to come up with as far as where Bernhard might be going with all this is that genius is just actually doing something other than quitting and then bitching and moaning for the rest of your life that someone was better than you and so you had to go destroy yourself. Or something. I don't know.

Ah, well. I tried! But clearly I am not a genius when it comes to reading this book...
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Reading Progress

November 9, 2011 – Shelved
November 13, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
November 13, 2011 – Shelved as: music
November 13, 2011 –
page 39
20.63% "So, this entire book only has four paragraphs!"
November 14, 2011 –
page 78
April 27, 2017 – Shelved as: abandoned

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