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Walking to Hollywood by Will Self
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2012
Read from January 01 to 16, 2012 — I own a copy

'Walking To Hollywood' (WTH) surprised me. I am a fan of Will Self, although more of his short stories - so far I had only read one novel, 'The Book Of Dave', which I loved. Technically, WTH is a collection of three stories, although they can be treated as three parts of the same larger novel, each linked to a mental disorder - obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, and Alzheimer's.
Each story has a different feel, all of them being centered on different episodes of the main character's - a writer called Will Self - life. The first features Self's usual cynical humor through his obsessions with scale and particularly with a childhood friend of limited height, the second is a wild and demential psychotic ride through Los Angeles, throwing everything along for the ride, from angry scientologists to a mad Hulk-like rampage through the streets of L.A.
But it's the final story that shines, and it was it that justified the fourth star on my rating. It is a beautifully touching tale of loss - of memory, of identity, of life -, that had me wanting to keep on reading and not leave the book until the very last page. Although the rest of the book was enjoyable, it was not the best I had read of Self - but the last 100 pages compensated for that and are truly Self at its best.

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message 1: by Leandro (new)

Leandro Ribeiro Não queres, não queres, não queres, e agora até marcas as páginas onde estás :D

Bruno Espadana Leandro wrote: "Não queres, não queres, não queres, e agora até marcas as páginas onde estás :D"

estou a experimentar, para ver se vale a pena a mudança... :)

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Leandro Ribeiro ;)

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