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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0140290559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140290554
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
Though I have never been able to get into Will Self's fiction which I always experience as somewhat laboured, I found this collection of previously published magazine and newspaper essays, restaurant reviews and short features instant, engaging, thoughtful and provoking, insightful, often laugh out loud funny, subversive and full of humanity. From a review of an English Country Garden restaurant experienced on acid to Self interviewing JG Ballard via an essay on The Westway, if that sounds good to you, give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. West on 22 Aug 2010
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If you want to know what life in nineties britain was actually like, you need to buy this book.

It collects Self's articles from his various endeavours, including restaurant reviews (including McDonalds), Political and philosophical musings, surreal accounts of sojourns to the Orkneys and many articles on books, art exhibtions, architecture and cinema. It builds up a very dark and idiosyncratic take on nineties Britain that rings especially true in hindsight.

As this was my first foray into the world of Self, I was bowled over by his vocabulary and his ability to create unusual nightmarish visons in the mind of the reader, but any sense of intimidation is tempered and dulled by the frequent hilarity in his analyses and evocations, including an inverse ratio of pulchritude in diners and waiters, where if the waiters and diners are both similar in attractiveness, the food is bound to be awful. You will find numerous departures from reality in even the most functional review; from flies in tweed suits to the 'inundations of glutinous patties' at McDonalds. There are the tangental juxtapositions of high and low culture: the idea of Bertrand Russell force-feeding a Pot Noodle to protege Ludwig Wittgenstein is one notable example.

As expected, cultural references are many, and will be obscure to some, but Self is the last writer who should be expected to appease the casual reader, as a lot of his appeal is, or was, his complex prose and status as an enfant terrible of British literary life, not that he'd necessarily agree, as most interviewers find out when they try to categorise him and his work.

Overall, a very witty, concise and unique collection that paints a revealing picture of a chaotic and unsettled cultural scene in the UK. Just make sure you have a very good dictionary to hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar 2003
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Ms Burrell (below) is absolutely correct: this is not a book one can skim through in a couple of days, it requires slow digestion (hence, presumably, the title). There is nothing to link the piece together, no chronology and no sense of narrative nor progress. But I guarantee you'll want to keep reading.
Just go out and get a copy, you won't regret it.
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Will Self, a tricky character nonetheless, offers a collection of articles/journalist work from a canon of publications. It is (relatively) accessible, I find some of Self's work fascinating but hard to get my my head around-perhaps that's just my literary laziness/ignorance. Most of all, some of the entries are very entertaining and offer a greater insight into the mind and life of Self.
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