Customer Review

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'These are truly the last days, W. says, over honey beer in Cawsands', 2 Dec 2012
By 
This review is from: Spurious (Paperback)
At heart this is a comic tale of the friendship between two provincial academics who feel they are failures in life and in their quest for original philosophical thought. I was worried at the start, however, as the characters seemed disembodied, separate from anything in the real world, lost in the whiteness of the page and the abstraction of their philosophy. I know nothing about philosophy. Was I in for pretentious, indecipherable boredom? Thankfully not; slowly and satisfyingly the characters emerged and were themselves admitting their incomprehension of the philosophy they were trying to read like 'moths repeatedly butting up against a window'. That has certainly been my own experience but luckily it is quite the opposite to reading this accommodating book.

Lars, the narrator (and who knows how much this character shares with Lars, the writer?) is the butt of W.'s banter, somehow kindly meant despite its harshness. Lars is barely revealed except in the distorting mirror of his friend's constant criticism: he is a fat drunk, an idiot, an ape, an eater of stale discounted sandwiches. W. does not spare himself, either, but he believes he is just that tiny bit cleverer, just enough to be aware of his own stupidity. Somehow their studies in messianism (and I'm not sure it matters what that is) have led them to see the apocalypse in all things, or perhaps their sense of the oncoming apocalypse has driven them to their hopeless studies. The gloom, depression, sickness and rising damp that permeate the book make for a surprisingly warm comedy that's easy to relate to, but still intelligent. Well worth reading.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.4 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
9.99 6.99
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,649,539