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message 1: by MJ (last edited Sep 18, 2012 09:57AM) (new)

MJ Nicholls (mjnicholls) | 211 comments This thread is obviously just for me. But if anyone, one day, aspires to finish this great avant-gardist's work, I'll be here to talk you through his brilliance. I haven't read any of his poetry yet.

Fiction:

The Sky Changes (1966)
Steelwork (1970)
Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things (1971)
Splendide-Hôtel (1973)
Mulligan Stew (1979)
Aberration of Starlight (1980)
Crystal Vision (1981)
Blue Pastoral (1983)
Odd Number (1985)
Rose Theatre (1987)
Misterioso (1989)
Under the Shadow (1991)
Red the Fiend (1995)
Gold Fools (1999)
Little Casino (2002)
The Moon in its Flight (short fiction, 2004)
Lunar Follies (2005)
A Strange Commonplace (2006)
The Abyss of Human Illusion (2010)

Other:

Flawless Play Restored: The Masque of Fungo(1974) [Included in Mulligan Stew]
A Beehive Arranged on Humane Principles (1986) [Included in The Moon and its Flight]
Pack of Lies (1997) [Collects Odd Number, Rose Theatre and Misterioso]

Poetry:

The Darkness Surrounds Us (1960)
Black and White (1964)
The Perfect Fiction (1968)
Corrosive Sublimate (1971)
A Dozen Oranges (1976)
White Sail (1977)
Sulpiciae Elegidia: Elegiacs of Sulpicia (1977) (Translator)
The Orangery (1978)
Selected Poems 1958-1980 (1981)
New and Selected Poems 1958-1998 (2004)

Criticism

Something Said (1984)


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Ian "Marvin" Graye I've seen all his movies, does that count?


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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 258 comments I've got myself committed. Against my will.

I just want to take this opportunity to say that Blue Pastoral was simply amazing. From the very first sentence the reader just gets pulled in and mesmerized by the gorgeous, flowing, flowery porse.

My Have-Read:
Blue Pastoral
Aberration of Starlight
Mulligan Stew

Shelved and Ready-to-Read:
The Abyss of Human Illusion
Crystal Vision
Odd Number
Read the Fiend

I have a long way to go.


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Kris (krisrabberman) | 23 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "I've got myself committed. Against my will.

I just want to take this opportunity to say that Blue Pastoral was simply amazing. From the very first sentence the reader just gets pulled in and mes..."


I have longer to go, Nathan, but a number of his books, including Blue Pastoral, are ones I want to read soon. We'll see then whether I can aspire to MJ's completism.


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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 258 comments Kris wrote: "I have longer to go, Nathan, but a number of his books, including Blue Pastoral,"

Every time you say "Sorrentino" you must also say "Blue Pastoral." This will go on until MJ relents or six other goodreaders (smart ones) cudgel my relention out of me. [Right, like as if Gil could write a "two-starable" book.]


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MJ Nicholls (mjnicholls) | 211 comments Blue Pastoral is on the newly conceived "to-reconsider" pile.


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Kris (krisrabberman) | 23 comments MJ wrote: "Blue Pastoral is on the newly conceived "to-reconsider" pile."

This is a good idea -- I may need to borrow it.


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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 258 comments MJ wrote: "Blue Pastoral is on the newly conceived "to-reconsider" pile."

Just go back reading only his wonderfulwonderful lists. I confess, the book is "uneven." "Uneven"? Well, . . . . you'll hate me even more when you revisit this. It's a terrible book. The Jabberwocky chapter? And yes'um, I'd say much more the whole thing on the side of Finn than the side of the Oxen. And for Christsake, skip that horrendously translated inserted novella. And what about the Theft of Black Flowers? Or the one on the Colorful Riot? Or being Petrified by Awe?

That's all I've got. Teacher took away my cudgel.


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