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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing, 16 Jun 2003
This review is from: Concrete (Phoenix Fiction) (Paperback)
Concrete is, structurally, a reworking of Notes From Undergroud, but for the post-Holocaust world. The narrator is clearly autobiographical, and is an intensely introspective and introverted hypochondriac. Or is he? He suffers 'sickness', as does Dostoyevsky's man from underground. Most of the novel is dictated from inside his head, and during these parts I experienced the most intense and affecting prose of all time: this was extremely emotional and confessional stuff, but also intensely metaphysical and perspicacious. I recommend this as a foray into Bernhard: read this first, it does not get any better; having said that, it does not get any easier . . !
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5.0 out of 5 stars life on hold, 23 April 2014
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The musicologist who is the main protagonist and narrator of this tale spends nearly all his time knocking around his inherited property somewhere in Austria. He is annoyed by his successful business woman sister's intrusions into his life and sometimes blames her for his inability to get around to writing a book on Mendelssohn. He is neurotic and something of an exaggerator about his poor state of health and cannot see much good in either society or mankind in general. An intellectual who hides from life, he frightens himself in the end with something from his past.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of dark humor and dark psychology., 26 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Concrete (Phoenix Fiction) (Paperback)
The main character has the worst case of writer's block you will probably ever read about -- the book is a great gift for friends who are working on their dissertations or any large project: it offers, as it were, an example of what NOT to do (of course your friend has to have a sense of humor)!
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