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review 2018-12-18 19:38
Unhappy Philosopher: "The Street of Crocodiles" by Bruno Schulz
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories - Bruno Schulz,Celina Wieniewska,Jerzy Ficowski,Jonathan Safran Foer



(Original Review, 1981-05-30)




Why do I read? To learn, to experience worlds, emotions, interactions that I don't experience in my reality, to think, to be, to become.

If not for Huxley - recommended by an English teacher at school - I'd have remained a working class racist, sexist homophobe, would never have smoked haxixe, gone on to study philosophy, met my children's mother, have had wonderful kids or stepped out of a culture of impoverished imagination.
I might have been 'a happy pig' rather than an "unhappy philosopher," (to paraphrase Plato) it's true, but it's been a richer life for it.

 

 

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review 2018-12-14 16:56
Is Taste Personal: "The Decline of Pleasure" by Walter Kerr
Decline/Pleasure - Walter Kerr


(Original Review, 1981-05-25)
 
 


Here’s a quiz on “sex in literature”. The problem is I don’t know the answers. This comes from Walter Kerr’s 1962 book “The Decline of Pleasure.” He doesn’t present it as a quiz, but merely describes incidents in recent novels and plays that he evidently expects the reader to recognize. I’ve numbered the entries for ease of response.

What do our novels and our plays show back to us? Almost without exception, an image of sex that is violent, frustrated, shabby, furtive, degrading, treacherous, and – more and more – aberrant.
 
 
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review 2018-12-14 16:35
Tornagusto: "Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi, Gioia Fiammenghi (Trans.)
Pinocchio - John Boyne,Carlo Collodi




(Original Review, 1981-05-20)



I am reading the English version of Pinocchio; I read it, obviously many times in my language and the other day I found a small book with this title and I was curious to see how it was in a different language from mine. I also want to "invite him for dinner" as it is the title of a context of a famous Italian newspaper (writing an invitation for a character of a book at your choice) but I have not yet written a word. I am not too keen on inviting to meals, it means extra work and I did it enough. But maybe by reading it I’ll get inspired.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-14 16:14
Double Entendres Galore: "Hopscotch" by Julio Cortázar
Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar,Gregory Rabassa


(Original Review, 1981-05-15)




If you like your novels simple and straightforward, don’t read “Hopscotch”.
If you have an allergy to extended brainy digressions and convoluted debates, you better avoid “Hopscotch”.
If you abhor puns, double entendre and wordplay, I most seriously advise you to stay clear of “Hopscotch”.
If you can’t stand literary, philosophical, musical and artistic references cramming your narrative, I sincerely prompt you to veer off taking “Hopscotch” from the bookseller’s shelf.
If you like your narrative to be free of phrases, expressions and vocabulary from languages you don’t know and don't care for, maybe “Hopscotch” is not a book for you.

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-14 15:11
Profound Place: "Four Quartets" by T. S. Eliot
Four Quartets - T.S. Eliot



(Original Review, 1981-05-12)


I’m always impressed by the influence of mediaeval mystical texts on 'Four Quartets'. This was the subject of a chapter in my thesis. These days, I would probably want to change some of the argument of that chapter, but I would not change the overall conviction that a primary concern of the poems was the maintenance of an almost intolerable tension between the way of affirmations

 

 

 

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