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5.0 out of 5 stars beyond rationalisation
its probably safe to say that only a dylan fan would enjoy this experimental work. very interesting. A glimpse into the unconcious mind of a genius. filled with seemingly random metaphors in the stream of conciousness writing style typical of dylan, showing similarities to songs such as, Bob Dylans 115th Dream and Tombstone Blues. Certain sentences that i really liked,...
Published on 6 Sep 2009 by jonny

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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for die-hard Dylan freaks
I am pretty obsessed with Bob Dylan and his work. He is one of my favourite writers and i cannot get enough of him, which is why i felt compelled, after re-reading his first volume of memoirs for the second time, to pick up his only other non-lyric publication. Some of the word play is quite funny but this is not a novel, nor is it really poetry. It seems, as i have heard...
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by sam0986


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond rationalisation, 6 Sep 2009
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its probably safe to say that only a dylan fan would enjoy this experimental work. very interesting. A glimpse into the unconcious mind of a genius. filled with seemingly random metaphors in the stream of conciousness writing style typical of dylan, showing similarities to songs such as, Bob Dylans 115th Dream and Tombstone Blues. Certain sentences that i really liked, often humorous or insightful. dylan fans must get this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for die-hard Dylan freaks, 13 Mar 2012
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I am pretty obsessed with Bob Dylan and his work. He is one of my favourite writers and i cannot get enough of him, which is why i felt compelled, after re-reading his first volume of memoirs for the second time, to pick up his only other non-lyric publication. Some of the word play is quite funny but this is not a novel, nor is it really poetry. It seems, as i have heard rumoured, that Dylan found himself contracted to write a book and knocked off Tarantula without much thought to get out of the contract. I doubt Dylan himself considers this a serious work of literature and i doesn't seem like one to me. Its cut-up and stream of consciousness style doesn't work in the way that the work of William Burroughs (this book is perhaps comparable to something like The Soft Machine) often does. Unless you're a Dylan completist i would give this a miss, there isn't much in the text that anything but an obsessive would find satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Bob Dylan, a timeless book from a true genius!, 29 Jan 1999
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I'm 17 and I've listened to Dylan for about 5 years. Over this period of time I've grown more and more impressed with Dylan's poetic genius. His songs are undoubtedely his claim to fame but I feel that "Tarantula" is the key to understanding his writing. "Tarantula" proves that Dylan was and still is a modern blend of Whitman, Rimbaud, Genet, Ginsberg, Guthrie, and Picasso. "Tarantula's" cut up style has been called "a muddled stream of self conciousness" but I beg to differ. If there has been any writer in our time that has captured the language of our times and helped us examine the world we live in I think it is Dylan. I hope he eventually receives the Nobel Prize for literature that he truly deserves. He is living proof that poetry can touch "the masses", he defies the narrow definition of a poet that ivory tower intellectuals have forced on people for years. The language of Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, albums that changed the way people perceived songs, reaches new heights in "Tarantula".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dylan, 26 Sep 2013
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Difficult to read due to Dylan's style of not using standard metres in hi poetry, but once you have made the leap to blank verse the writing is rich and thought provoking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan twist on the 60's, 13 Dec 1998
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Though bizzare, the book is a great read. You may need to read it several times, to get the full feel of the man and the decade. Great stories, and fun to read. I'd read it to my kids.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book, 30 Aug 2009
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..borrow it from a friend instead. In five minutes you'll know whether you like it or not. I bought it on publication and have been given copies since. I didn't like it then, or now, and I'm not sure Bob did either. It reads like an unfinished experiment and Dylan was pressed into doing it when he was more interested in other things. I admire almost all of Dylan's work but it's hard to argue that this book is anything other than juvenilia. Even if you really want to like this book, it still fails to reward any time spent trying to grapple with it. If you read Chronicles, and found, like I did, that it was alive, lucid and intriguing, don't expect the same quality from this dated, forty year old failed project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Bob, 13 Feb 1999
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This book is a mindblower. I love anything Dylan has done, but this is a classic collection of the ultimate Bobstream. My copy is a gorgeous first edition hardcover, with jackets. Oh what I'd give to have it autographed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A few funny parts, but..., 15 May 1999
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If you want to sample some Dylan "prose poems", save yourself some time and read the liner notes to Highway 61. Tarantula is those notes stretched out over 150 pages. It is conclusive proof that Dylan is a songwriter, not a poet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swimming inside Dylan's complex mind, 5 Sep 1998
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Walking down Desolation Row you will find the Insanity Factory. If you survive the Wipe Out Gang,you could find Dylan Boy, shot to death by an Edipo.What the hell happens?Who knows.Try to find out.
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