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2.0 out of 5 stars If the first few chapters are any indication this is pure 'ennui', 18 Oct 2011
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Atomised, at the time, was my favourite novel, so a new 'Wellbeck' is a significant event for me.
What a let down!
In the opening chapter the author vaingloriously has his lead character refer to Michel Houellebecq as a world famous writer. Doubtless this is meant to be comic irony but it reads like pure vanity.
The remainder of the opening is about Jed's distant relationship with his father and his troubled mind regarding his mother, who committed suicide.
Jed's girlfriend is a part-time 'belle de jour' and she charges 100 euro extra for her tradesman's entrance, 'but Jed is okay with it'...
It all reads like a dull reworking of Atomised!
Will we ever escape MH's mother fixation?
I've given up on it after 50 pages. It is just a bunch of facts about art and photography and a stream of psychosis straight from MH's increasingly troubled soul.
(And yet again a listing of philosophers and famous writers to demonstrate his erudition - do all writers have to prove that they've read everything?)
Some of the translation from the French is bizarre: 'stored in TIFF format, with a lowest resolution JPEG' and 'the capture of 48 bits RGB files' is poor English and in the former case meaningless.
All the clever humour, dry wit and savage satire of his earlier work has been replaced with a dull, dreary repetitiveness.
If an author has nothing 'novel' to say he should hang up his quill and not attempt to hang his mother in some kind of Freudian fantasy.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2011 21:18:52 GMT
a nerd sham says:
"'stored in TIFF format, with a lowest resolution JPEG' and 'the capture of 48 bits RGB files' is poor English and in the former case meaningless."
Why is the former meaningless? I'm a professional photographer and it seems like a reasonable statement to me, although I don't know the context in which it was written. If I were talking about an image of mine I may well refer to the fact that I have stored it in TIFF format 'along' with a lowest resolution JPEG, meaning that I have simply made two copies of the image, one a hi-res TIFF and the other a lo-res JPEG (thumbnail) for quick reference, as any photographer would probably do when processing images in say Capture One.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 21:31:56 GMT
You'd say, 'together with a lower (or low) resolution JPEG copy' not 'lowest resolution'. I know all about RAW + JPEG etc but it is entirely wrongly worded in this book.

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 22:30:15 GMT
J. E. Rudge says:
How can anyone make a valuable critique of a novel when they've only read 50 pages of it? To suggest that any reference to one's mother is Freudian fantasy is to not understand to any appreciable degree anything about Freud's work; in the least, Freud didn't deal in fantasy. This is a poor critique and should be employed with caution, at least until 'JP' has finished the title.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 01:03:17 GMT
Really? who are you? the publisher?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 13:21:03 GMT
R.G. Bower says:
Freud didn't deal with fantasy?! What did the seduction hypothesis involve then?
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