E–book [The Unfortunates]


  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • The Unfortunates
  • B.S. Johnson
  • English
  • 04 October 2018
  • 9780330353298

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    E–book [The Unfortunates] ‘ How can I place his order his disintegration?’Through fragments of a randomized collection of memories called up while wandering through a city the reader explores the life loves and losses of the narrator As such a premise would remind many of Ulysses and Joyce’s incredible use of the stream of consciousness BS Johnson 1933 1973 manages to create something uniue and inventive with The Unfortunates His story is s

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    Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É B.S. Johnson E–book [The Unfortunates] B.S. Johnson É 4 characters 45 stars rounded upHere it was he talked about the RAF So? 10 space gap So must others for ever or talk about something like it and it does not matter to them now it cannot have mattered at any time to me so why this if it

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    E–book [The Unfortunates] Twenty minutes ago I had this review in the bag I had taken thorough notes had arranged them by topic and had even highlighted passages to uote And then B S Johnson the author of The Unfortunates dropped this bomb on me in the second to last paragraph“The difficulty is to understand without generalization to see each piece of received truth or generalization as true only if it is true for me solipsism again I come back

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    Free read The Unfortunates B.S. Johnson É 4 characters E–book [The Unfortunates] Yesterday I had a privilege few have I had this book read to me all around Nottingham as close to the venues described in the book as possible 27 people in character as Bryan were reading different chapters in different places The feeling of having to track them down following a map and go inside pubs cafes the City Council Broadway cinema

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    B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É B.S. Johnson E–book [The Unfortunates] Although the edition I got from the library came bound in a single volume I was able to cleverly skip around the chapters as intended which did increase the fun uotient if not making much difference in how one experiences the work Aside from just the avant garde nature of his novels I really enjoy Johnson's use of langua

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    Free read The Unfortunates B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É B.S. Johnson I'm a sucker for gimmicky books so when I saw this book in a box no one had to twist my arm to get me to purchase

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    Free read The Unfortunates E–book [The Unfortunates] Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É B.S. Johnson A book that comes in a book shaped box Twenty seven sections one labelled ‘first’ one ‘last’ and the reader is free to choose the order in which they read the interceding 25 sections This isn’t a device for the sake of being tricks

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    Free read The Unfortunates B.S. Johnson É 4 characters E–book [The Unfortunates] Okay this was a book I should have read a long time ago and I finally read the content is 4 stars the structure is 3 stars lets talk form first I respect the avant garde thing of splitting up the book However content wise the book has two pieces memory and present The memories are these cool intermixed first fiancéewife

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    Free read The Unfortunates B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É B.S. Johnson 211212 first impression this in an interesting structure devised to express the time of mourning a friend a woman a past and in its deliberate renditions of vignettes of memories in its conversational narration certainly captures evocative recall but unfortunately this is a work that leads me to think than leads me to feelon refle

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The Unfortunates

B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read & Download The Unfortunates â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook A sports journalist sent to a Midlands town on a weekly assignment finds himself confronted by ghosts from the past when he disembarks at the railway station Memories of one of his best most trusted friends a tragically young victim of cancer begin to f. Twenty minutes ago I had this review in the bag I had taken thorough notes had arranged them by topic and had even highlighted passages to uote And then B S Johnson the author of The Unfortunates dropped this bomb on me in the second to last paragraph The difficulty is to understand without generalization to see each piece of received truth or generalization as true only if it is true for me solipsism again I come back to it again and for no other reason In general generalization is to lie to tell lies That really puts a cramp in any attempt at review since to review is to generalize don t you think And hey isn t Johnson generalizing by saying that generalizations are lies So give me a second Let me take a few sips of my tea look over my notes one time and take a deep breath Allow me a minute to gather my thoughts and come back to this experimental and provocative text because my head is beginning to hurt in that way it does after reading post modernism Firstly there is not enough room on this coffee shop table for the book my computer my notes and the five highlighters it took to organize my thoughts into a rainbowed outline The act of reading this book is incredibly tactile You hold the individual chapters in your hand to read people passing stare at the thin pamphlets the man next to me looks up every time I put one section to the left and pick up the next on the right It s an attention grabber with its box cover its 1 12 page sections and its gift like presentation I opened it for the first time and felt the need to take pictures of it like I did ten years ago when I got my first iPod This book is beautiful It consists of twenty seven chapters that are separately bound The first and last are marked and in place at the top and bottom of the pile of chapters but the remaining twenty five arrive in random order In his note to the reader Johnson encourages him to choose read the chapters in the order in which they arrive or rearrange them before beginning When I began reading I was sitting across from The Canadian in a bookstore She was struggling with formatting her novel and I was struggling with a novel that defied formatting How do you think I should read it I asked What She looked up She looked frantic and frustrated The sections Do you think I should read them as they came to me or do you think I should mix them up Oh She rested her chin in her hand and seemed for the first time in hours to be distracted from her task I would read it in the order I received it Why Because I would like to think that I received the book in the order I was supposed to read it This is why I love herIn the first chapter Johnson arrives in Nottingham to report on a football game He thinks he is traveling to a town that he has never been to before but setting food on solid ground is aware that he has spent a good deal of time in this town In fact he spent most of that time with his friend and colleague Tony who died some time ago from cancer And so begin the twenty five randomly arranged chapters that alternate between the present and the past between Johnson s day in Nottingham and his memories of TonyI should mention here that the novel is entirely autobiographical Johnson was very vocal in his belief that fiction should be true Any novel that wasn t absolutely true in his opinion was a lie and truth could not be conveyed with lies How can you convey truth in a vehicle of fiction he asked The two terms truth and fiction are opposites and it must logically be impossible Of course many if not most literary critics and creatives would disagree and argue that truth is too subtle to be achieved through the use of literal language and historical details I think Tim O Brien said it best A thing may happen and be a total lie another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth In the end Johnson s insistence on absolute truth proved to be too restrictive Johnson s theory in effect a breathtaking insistence that all literature should reduce itself to the status of glorified memoir eventually proved too much of a straightjacket by the time of his last posthumously published novel See The Old Lady Decently he was reaching further and further back into his family history and the result has an air of strain and imprecision weariness even from the introduction by Jonathan CoeIn the end I appreciated the order in which I received the book Somewhat divinely my arrangement of chapters ended with the final exchange between Tony and Johnson the last thing I said to him all I had to give him alone with him with my coat on about to go the car waiting outside to run us to the station staring down at him facing those eyes he staring back all the time now it must have been a great effort for him yes and I said it was all I had what else could I do I said I ll get it all down mate It ll be very little he said after a while slowly still those eyes That s all anyone has done very little I said So how does one review a book that makes the argument that it is the sole truth of its author and therefore cannot be uestioned criticized or challenged Should I play into Johnson s philosophy or push against it If you ll allow me I think I ll do bothThe book while literally about death loss and creativity concerns itself predominantly with the accidental and persistent nature of memory If the writing style suggests it the run on sentences the spaces on the page where the speaker s thought process is interrupted and the lines that end mid sentence then the form enforces it You can t help but read it randomly the memories coming without provocation occurring as arbitrarily as the order in which you receive the book I should be honest I had ulterior motives for this review after having read very little of the book I wanted this review to be a discussion about truth and memory selfishly they re my favorite literary themes aside of course from sex I wanted this review to hotly contest Johnson s perception of memory with a slew of uotes from van der Kolk and Freud I wanted this review to be a literary smack down After taking a class on narratives derived from traumatic memory I felt my chest puff out and my know it all ness preparing to reject Johnson s version of how memory is experienced After having only read the introduction I found myself shouting angrily at the text But memory isn t random It is triggered by something in the present a smell a taste a lost memento rediscovered in the attic Like Proust considering a tea soaked madeleine memory occurs when something in the present triggers something in the past It is not random It is not accidentalBut then I remembered something I remembered the night last summer that I spent with The Poet and the fragmented words I wrote the morning after I drove back to Bread Loaf after leaving him on the side of Route 7 and sat in my twin bed trying desperately to get everything down that I could remember Maybe I thought if I could remember everything from the night before I could make sense of what had happened I would know why he kissed me in the middle of the lake and why he fed me bites of his breakfast sandwich and why exactly he had begun to pull away on the couch as we listened to the sound of Lake Champlain moving like a tongue against the rocks Isn t this what we feel fundamentally when we write We write to make sense of the world We use the imprecise art of words to describe what cannot otherwise be described What I wrote in my bed that day was entirely accidental The memories came to me randomly They repeated themselves They were out of order Remembering the silence that fell over us at the register while we paid for our lunch a sandwich that we split was interrupted by remembering how he had sat facing me on the bed in the morning and rubbed his big toe against mine as if to comfort me with as little contact as possible In that moment of remembering my own remembering my pretense dropped My know it all ness turned to the humble concession that what has been written and theorized about memory is not necessarily true for everyone Maybe most memory is triggered by the present but in the horrible aftermath of his friend s death Johnson strove to memorialize his friend and to convey the process of his own remembering The danger of generalization that Johnson warns against in his last lines then is that it leaves no room for the uniue bordering on solipsistic and enigmatic ualities of human experience Just now something wonderful happened As I was holding the chapters loosely in my hand trying to leaf through the pages to find the last line of a section I loved the entire text fell onto the floor The first chapter slid across the granite tile Four others flipped upside down A thin chunk of chapters stayed together but the rest turned backwards and spun out of the order in which I had read them As I bent down to gather them up I realized that the book both palpably and intellectually resists analysis This difficulty in criticizing a work that is actively negating and deflecting criticism it seems is exactly what Johnson wanted

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B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read & Download The Unfortunates â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Lood through his mind as he attempts to go about the routine business of reporting a football matchB S Johnson’s famous ‘book in a box’ in which the chapters are presented unbound to be read in any order the reader chooses is one of the key works. Yesterday I had a privilege few have I had this book read to me all around Nottingham as close to the venues described in the book as possible 27 people in character as Bryan were reading different chapters in different places The feeling of having to track them down following a map and go inside pubs cafes the City Council Broadway cinema a private house a parked car a hotel etc they all added to the story making this an incredible experience Thank you to Excavate and their community theatre group for their amazing effort and for proving that storytelling is for adults as well Le Cabinet des Antiues through his mind as he attempts The Trouble With Jared to go about 10 Button Book the routine business of reporting a football matchB S Johnson’s famous ‘book in a box’ in which A Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot the chapters are presented unbound Lettera a un bambino mai nato to be read in any order Mecanismos de la Mediumnidad the reader chooses is one of Absalom Absalom the key works. Yesterday I had a privilege few have I had Le salaire de la peur this book read Underworld Different Worlds #1 to me all around Nottingham as close Eternity Ring to The Clean Up the venues described in The Sentient the book as possible 27 people in character as Bryan were reading different chapters in different places The feeling of having A Lane to the Land of the Dead And Other Stories of the Supernatural Puffin Teenage Fiction to Aux Etats Unis d'Afriue track Rumen Microbiology them down following a map and go inside pubs cafes Mais Lucro the City Council Broadway cinema a private house a parked car a hotel etc Ralph Pincus Occultist Extraordinaire The World of Ralph Pincus #1 they all added What a Carve Up to Looking for Garbo the story making Friday Night at Hodges' Cafe this an incredible experience Thank you Monster Hunter Legion to Excavate and Medea Stimmen their community Non fidarti di nessuno theatre group for ILLICIT LOVER their amazing effort and for proving The Glenn Gould Reader that storytelling is for adults as well

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B.S. Johnson É 4 characters Read & Download The Unfortunates â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Of a novelist now undergoing an enormous revival of interest The Unfortunates is a book of passionate honesty and dark courageous humour a meditation on death and a celebration of friendship which also offers a remarkably frank self portrait of its auth. 211212 first impression this in an interesting structure devised to express the time of mourning a friend a woman a past and in its deliberate renditions of vignettes of memories in its conversational narration certainly captures evocative recall but unfortunately this is a work that leads me to think than leads me to feelon reflection to think is not a bad thing in fact i like to think perhaps i will reflect and thus increase my rating however this is a big perhaps i may read another of his works or lit crit on this one but much as i like experimental writing i am not as immediately engaged as when i first read In the Labyrinth by Alain Robbe Grillet however i am not as immediately repelled as with Molloy Malone Dies The Unnamable A Trilogy by Samuel Becketti think of other experimental works such as The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker which makes much of brief meditation or the short work by Alice Munro such as any of her Selected Stories which makes novelistic complexity and dense multiplicity in so very few words this seems almost in reverse making a novel into a short story for there is deliberately no topography maze pattern of any sort unless it in the designed randomness of the twenty five chapters after first and before lasti think is this story truly independent of some narrative direction is this randomness than gimmick and showing something we readers could not discover in any other form i think of work like The Celebration by Ivan Angelo where the story must be created by the reader out of a mass of documents or anything by Jos Saramago such as The Elephant s Journey where you the reader are called upon to punctuate and in this simple responsibility find yourself collaborating on the worki think does this form simply alienate the reader bore her frustrate her or through this banal plot argue for the reality that we readers as we persons in ordinary life only discover or manifest or invent meaning of any banal plot after the fact that things happen and who knows where they lead only sensed as important or revelatory through memory that indeed life makes sense backwards but we must live it forwardsi think if i read it again after the shuffling will i find a new story or meaning or have i got the idea and is once enough is this proof that we can never create truly abstract or conceptual literature because there is only the medium of words so the writing is always already the concepti think do i have a naive or instrumental idea of fiction in my case perhaps unfortunately only prose believing that before anything else it should be a pleasure and not a chore to read andor i just have not read the right books argue with this idea i will listen but my own pleasure always already comes firsti think yes this book in a box certainly raises many uestions but in this case uestions that are a pleasure to contemplate to fully appreciate this novel is to recalibrate what usual readers value in lit this is prestige literature this is not plot not setting not theme or characters independent of how it is told the ceaseless conversation within the narrator s head the monologue that is not edited or organized that has perhaps found its correct form in randomnessperhapsi think if this is only any such novel in first person thought i much prefer How Late It Was How Late by James Kelman