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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Wakefield Press (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984115560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984115563
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hedlund Magnus on 15 Dec 2012
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Alfred Jarry's, or rather his creations', Father Ubu's and Doctor Faustroll's science of exceptions and imaginary solutions has in René Daumal's version got a twist of the occult, which is rather the opposite of Jarry's idea – but of course all opposites are equal in pataphysics. But if you choose to disregard this small exception Daumal's essays are quite enjoyable. His humour, irony and general lucidity carries over the occasional gaps of occultism. And his views on contemporary sciences quite refreshing.
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This is good pataphysics (is it ever bad, I don't know) 16 Nov 2014
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This text is as original as it sounds. Pataphysics lives! The methods employed might be complex, but you get the end result, an elaborately permutative, intricate, fascinating and surprising narrative of different dimensions of contrarian thinking, involving concepts in some ways more complex and qualified than philosophy, logic, linguistics, (mathematics?)... etc. I was surprised at how this text was both accessible and unaccessible. However, given the complexities of pataphysics as I have read about it, that is not surprising. They are known to use mathematics, and numerous obscure rules to arrive at a unique type of literature. I still don't know if this writer was the only one to use this precise method, or if perhaps there were many imitators? However, the text virtually glows with intelligence, and I found myself immediately afterwards thinking of criticisms of pataphysics that the author himself clearly already thought of---pataphysics as represented here is highly conscious and linguistically conscientious. It is not dirty writing. And it shows. My critique of pataphysics is the following: "1. It could be more meaningful than average (a relativistic defense), 2. It could really offer a majority share of significance, 3. It could be that criticism is unnecessary, 4. It could be that it is saying nothing, in which case a critique looks foolish, and if it weren’t saying nothing there would be no reason for my specific criticisms." ----The Dimensional Exceptionist's Toolkit (as-yet unpublished). Basically, it's obvious that the text anticipates the criticism, and this criticism is a near-perfect response, as far as English goes. If you read the text, you'll get the idea.
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Brilliant 22 Mar 2013
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This is one of the greatest books in the English language (translated from the French): Beautiful, absurd, hilarious. Life itself is better with a large helping of the the funny absurd.
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