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Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry by B.S. Johnson
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Nov 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: post-modernism, 70s-delerium, read-in-2011, favorites
Recommended to Nate D by: MJ / Jasmine
Recommended for: orderly anarchists
Read from November 25 to 26, 2011

I've hit upon a lucky string of pretty excellent books lately, and this is another.

Detailing the life of a petty clerk who begins to tally his accounts with society -- debits incurred by an assortment of modern inconveniences, frustrations, and injustices against his credits, beginning with minor vandalisms and quickly escalating -- this reads like a kind of darker Calvino, seemingly light-handed amusing post-modernism eliding into something much more cynical. As others have observed, this was his Johnson's last novel before killing himself, the same year as his compatriot Ann Quin disappeared into the ocean, incidentally, which really gives the bitter buffoonery a stark context.
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message 1: by MJ (new) - rated it 5 stars

MJ Nicholls I was actually mistaken about this being Johnson's last novel, See the Old Lady Decently was completed before he died. He never lost his passion to write.

Nate D Ah, okay. Still, it does have that terminal quality to it.

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