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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very, very funny. The problem with Will Self is that he cannot write without being ultra-ironic and cool, but here it works. The stories (2 novellas), about a woman who grows a penis and rapes her husband, and a man who develops a vagina, could have been merely vulgar in the hands of a lesser writer. But Self writes with such linguistic variety, panache and humour that he...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An extremely bizare book, but gripping as well.
This is the first one of Will Self's books that I have read and I probably will not be reading any more if his others are anything to go by.
His mind must work in mysterious ways. This book is so far removed from the realms of reality that it is a gripping read, if only out of curiosity to see what happens at the end.
I have to say however, that I have read...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 22 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Cock and Bull (Paperback)
Very, very funny. The problem with Will Self is that he cannot write without being ultra-ironic and cool, but here it works. The stories (2 novellas), about a woman who grows a penis and rapes her husband, and a man who develops a vagina, could have been merely vulgar in the hands of a lesser writer. But Self writes with such linguistic variety, panache and humour that he lifts these stories to the level of highly intelligent satire. They are shocking, obscene and hugely enjoyable (plus they make some very interesting observsations about gender along the way).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges sex role expectations!, 30 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Cock and Bull (Paperback)
Cock and Bull is disturbing in a comforting way!? It is powerful literature as it destabilses classical narrative expectations and at the same time demonstrates how traditional sex roles have become unstable in our society. The protagonist in Cock represents the contradictions of gender roles in our society and instead of resolution, there is regression...A compelling read for the open-minded...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from "The North Somerset Book of the Dead", 6 May 1999
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Nervous, psychotic city fiction. Based in a nineties Britain full of seemingly normal but secretly perverse individuals. Will Self writes cerebral, edgy, but extremely funny prose. An incredible introduction to Will Self in the form of short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously peverse!, 29 Nov 1998
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This book is the epitome of Self writing - a terrific read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D, 27 Jan 2012
This review is from: Cock and Bull (Hardcover)
Amazin' ting. I would have bought three or four of these if possible but that would be completely redundant. I was touched as a child by the next door neighbour Mr Wilcox. :(
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An extremely bizare book, but gripping as well., 4 Jan 2000
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This is the first one of Will Self's books that I have read and I probably will not be reading any more if his others are anything to go by.
His mind must work in mysterious ways. This book is so far removed from the realms of reality that it is a gripping read, if only out of curiosity to see what happens at the end.
I have to say however, that I have read better written and more entertaining fiction than this.
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