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A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel [Paperback]

Tom Phillips
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28 May 2012
In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallocks A Human Document, and began cutting and pasting the extant text to create something new. This new fifth edition of Tom Phillipss perennially popular book follows its predecessors by incorporating revisions and re-workings over half the pages in the 1980 edition are replaced by new versions and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is over 45 years old and still actively a work in progress. Utterly original, delightful and idiosyncratic David Lodge Sly, humorous, erotic and endlessly fascinating Edward Lucie Smith, The Sunday Times Turns a forgotten work into a thing of rare beauty Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times Intricate, philosophical, romantic and often funny Michael Kustow, The Guardian One of the freshest and most original pieces of art literary work you are likely to see Evan Anthony, The Spectator

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 5 edition (28 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500290431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500290439
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A strange, beguiling work ... a teeming world of humour, sex, sadness and art --London Review of Books

Complex, voluptuous and highly personal --The Times Literary Supplement

All humument life is truly here --The Literary Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome alter(ed)native text! 10 Jun 2014
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I got this book and I just love it. Now, I am doing my Masters research on it as a postmodern alter(ed)native text that blends images and narrative in one deconstructive text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art in Progress 6 Sep 2013
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This is a beautiful piece of work. Tom Phillips has changed each page of a Victorian novel into a completely different object by embellishing each page with drawings, paintings and pasted photos and illustrations. Most of the text has been obscured by the artwork, leaving only certain words linked together to make new tales from the narrative of the old novel. It's a book that you can look through page by page in chronological order or just sample pages at random and enjoy just as much. It will surprise you and stimulate the visual senses. It is well printed and although it is a paperback it is nicely bound. If you don't already own this book I strongly recommend that you buy a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful book on my shelves 21 May 2013
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Simply, this is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. The narrative wends woozily through the pages, the vicissitudes of poor protagonist toge's misadventures coming in and out of focus, while the gorgeous illustrations jokily flirt with meanings. I can't think of a comparable reading experience.
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