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Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz
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it was ok
bookshelves: polish, wwii

This is one of those books about the duplicity of this lifeless journey, where a man is riding to church as if he were actually riding to church when of course he is not even he and he is definitely not riding to church. Fryderyk is probably France and people watch simple pastoral settings but it's all about Poland before and during the Second World War. So it's fun for awhile trying to figure out what the names mean and who's Chamberlain, who's Hitler. Then it's not so much fun anymore.

This could be a masterpiece and I'm not saying it's not. It's probably my fault or just the wrong time for me.

I remember when computers were new and it was compulsory to try clever games. I got that game Myst. Cool music; fun finding the clues. But then one child drifted away, then another. I realized the game was all about finding the clues. Find one, you had to find another. I eventually set it aside, but never got back to it. How ephemeral the excitement can be. This was like that.
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Reading Progress

November 5, 2013 – Started Reading
November 5, 2013 – Shelved
December 2, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by knig (new)

knig I remember Myst. Then I did nothing with games as the Xbox injected too much testosterone in game playing . Now the critics are raving about Beyond: Two Souls and I'm considering it, it's supposed to have revolutionised the games industry.

Also what's this: pornografia has no pornografia? Isn't that false advertising?


Tony It's only pornografia in the sense of watching and, then, not necessarily watching pornografia. A lot of watching to see who's coupling and who should be coupling or could be coupling instead of just watching, you know, coupling. Maybe I just never made it to the good parts, knig.


message 3: by knig (new)

knig You do turn a phrase nicely, Tony: my couplements.


message 4: by Fionnuala (last edited Dec 03, 2013 01:21AM) (new)

Fionnuala knig wrote: "You do turn a phrase nicely, Tony....."

That 'nice' phrase, It's only pornografia in the sense of watching and, then, not necessarily watching pornografia. A lot of watching to see who's coupling and who should be coupling or could be coupling instead of just watching, you know, coupling describes what's going on in Proust a lot of the time.
Sorry - I bring everything back to Proust these days but I plan to move on soon....


message 5: by Beata (new)

Beata R Try Ferdydurke or Bakakaj by Gombrowicz instead.


Tony Ferdydurke has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a few years, Beata. Eventually. Eventually. Did you prefer it over Pornografia?


message 7: by Janet (new)

Janet Such a promising title, too. Looks like I'll be sticking with late night cable...


Tony Janet wrote: "Such a promising title, too. Looks like I'll be sticking with late night cable..."

No! Soft porn will ruin us long before Jeff Bezos has a chance.


message 9: by Beata (new)

Beata R Ferdydurke is his most favourite work- I have read Bakakaj and enjoyed it very much, also a famous work of his.


message 10: by Beata (new)

Beata R *famous, not favourite


Czarny Pies I heartily agree with your rating. Gombrowicz is in a weird fantasy world of his own making. It is nothing to do with Poland nor any other country that I have ever visited.


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