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Bartleby And Co
Bartleby And Co
by Enrique Vila-Matas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and wildly original, 25 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Bartleby And Co (Paperback)
It's not difficult to see why Enrique Vila-Matas has been so successful in Spain. He's a brilliant writer with a fabulously original take on the metaphysics of the literary world.


Dublinesque
Dublinesque
by Enrique Vila-Matas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever without being contrived, 25 Feb 2014
This review is from: Dublinesque (Paperback)
There's a shockingly natural reflection of the way readers think in this very clever and experimental work of fiction.

'Dublinesque' is very post-modern and you wouldn't get much out of it if you'd never read James Joyce's 'Ulysses', but like Beckett, or some of Shakespeare's soliloquies, it feels strikingly universal. A joy to read.


Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (European Perspectives)
Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (European Perspectives)
by J Kristeva
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.73

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that explains how depression feels, 26 Oct 2010
This is definitely no self-help book but from my limited understanding of it (it's a complicated academic text that might only be readable if you've had some grounding in psychoanalytic language, and it referred to works only a few of which interested me), it directly helped me overcome clinical depression. Kristeva's language joined me in the voluptuous netherworld of depressive thought and helped me understand why I kept returning to that unproductive place. I came to see how 'depressives are prisoners of affect', 'affect is their thing'; that the 'jouissance' of spirit that ought to be a spice of life can also be enjoyed inwardly, passively, inertly, and revelled in; that the experience of depression is really a wordless one, where the lack of symbols, the meeting of attraction and repulsion and the lustful, inchoate mix of it all can feel safe, while one is exiled from a sense of safety. The strange purity of this, its inviolability, holds one in a kind of narcissistic thrall. It helped me see how much depression had me seeking a self that only actually began to form when it was exercised in the world and the company of others, so that I was stuck in a self-referential void. As pseud as all this might sound, reading Black Sun worked better for me than Prozac or CBT, and some fifteen years down the line I remain indebted to its lessons.
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Pincher Martin
Pincher Martin
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever fantasy, 5 Aug 2010
This review is from: Pincher Martin (Paperback)
With a twist of genius, this remarkably sustained fantasy takes residence in the reader's mind.


Viridiana [1961] [DVD]
Viridiana [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Silvia Pinal
Price: 6.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, surreal and a bit pervy, 5 Aug 2010
This review is from: Viridiana [1961] [DVD] (DVD)
If you're not devoutly and happily religious then just watch it, especially for the cracking Last Supper scene, and that it was completely inappropriate for Franco, who first commissioned it. Life painted as messy, ugly and hilariously gauche as it really is.


The Fall [DVD]
The Fall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Catinca Untaru

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovable, 5 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Fall [DVD] (DVD)
A stunning film with the most charming performances from Catinca Untaru and Lee Pace. Funny, moving and distinctly unHollywoody. A generous imagination has been unleashed and set roaming in the most fabulous locations you'll want to visit, wearing costumes upon which to feast your eyes.
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The Inheritors
The Inheritors
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but totally worth it, 28 July 2010
This review is from: The Inheritors (Paperback)
An incredibly powerful imagining of prehistorical human lives. Bristles with sensory information and creates a world that's utterly alien. Stupendous.
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The Spire
The Spire
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.10

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 28 July 2010
This review is from: The Spire (Paperback)
The past really is a foreign country here. The reader feels alien in the medieval world, just as it should be. Very thoroughly imagined tale of hubris.


Dandy in the Underworld
Dandy in the Underworld
by Sebastian Horsley
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 28 July 2010
Sebastian Horsley mightn't have been a brilliantly original thinker, but he worked hard to entertain us. RIP.


Life: A User's Manual
Life: A User's Manual
by Georges Perec
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off wondrously, descends horribly, 28 July 2010
This review is from: Life: A User's Manual (Paperback)
This starts off with breathtaking originality and structure and you think you're in for a treat, but it soon becomes unbearably tedious and weighed down with its immense regard for itself. Horribly pretentious and heavy; what in the early pages seems like a wonderful rubric holding it together is a nasty little device that enmeshes a lot of posturing twattishness and saps the reader's energy.
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