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Tarantula Paperback – 31 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; Revised edition (31 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743230418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743230414
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,540,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Chronicles Volume 1:

‘Takes its place next to “On The Road “…as an essential record of an American artist’s manifest destiny.’ Observer

'Like discovering the lost diaries of Shakespeare… Maybe the most extraordinarily intimate autobiography by a 20th-century legend.' Daily Telegraph

'There are enough bizarre and entertaining snippets of information sprinkled throughout to fascinate the most jaded Dylan obsessive.' Independent

'Entertaining and surprisingly deprecating…“Chronicles Volume ” is tautly written, vividly cinematic, and funny'. Financial Times

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bob Dylanis one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. He has released thirty-six studio albums, which collectively have sold over 120 million copies around the world. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country s highest civilian honor. His memoir, "Chronicles: Volume One", spent a year on the"New York Times"bestseller list.


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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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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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Either this book has improved with age, or I have matured enough to appreciate it. Probably the latter. I've been a Dylan freak since my grammar school days. I've known every Dylan album since 1964 as a "new release". Nevertheless, as a 70s art student, I just couldn't get into my paperback version of Tarantula even though I was avidly listening to his albums at the time.

I come to this now with a long since developed wider appreciation of the "beat" poets which preceded Dylan. So I perceive the intentions herein to be more akin to, say, Ginsberg, than what was happening in the music scene of 1966. Viewed from that perspective I "get it".

I recommend reading out loud, repeatedly.
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Ever since its publication, Tarantula has always divided opinion, with most readers coming down in the 'anti' camp. I belong to the recalcitrant minority. Yes, it's dense, and in places it collapses into pure gibberish (and it doesn't help that the first page is probably the most impenetrable in the entire book. Stick with it, it does get better). But there are also some wonderful things in here, that could have been written by no-one else. If you find the prose sections heavy going, try starting with the letters, which are never less than entertaining and often downright hilarious. One of Dylan's lesser-known gifts is that he can be a very fine comedian when he wants to be, and the letters (eg those of Toby Celery, Zeke the Cork and the butter sculptor) are full evidence of that. All in all, Tarantula should be compulsory reading for any Dylan fan, whichever side of the debate over its merits they end up coming down on.
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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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A bizarre little book; half apparent meaningless flow of consciousness word-play half, apparently meaningful short notes and letters. Bob Dylan's only 'novel' (?) Well, if it IS a novel it's one of a kind, and the genre didn't really catch on. Great fun to read tho' and it forces the reader to engage in a very different manner with its content. I've NO idea what it's about.
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Sometimes I get locked in, to a particular mood, memory, thought cycle or poison headache. Like a fevered dream that immediately disappears upon on waking, but leaves you with the rush and noise and colour of fast motion. Tarantula is that fevered dream, and sometimes I need to be locked in, but not as often as I would need to hear "Tambourine Man", or "Visions of Johanna", or "Shelter From The Storm" or "Desolation Row" or the snare shot kick that opens "Like A Rolling Stone", or the dense sax driven heat of "Street Legal", or a thousand other moments I could easily pick. These are words, driving to an unheard rhythm, fragments of thought-poems, miscellaneous advice and scenes from dark comedies. I have an old tattered copy given to me by a German girlfriend almost 30 years ago, and either me or she (my memory can't reveal who) underlined certain phrases or key lines that seemed to have some more import than others. Reading through this now (getting past the sudden thought that books might be one of the very few things in our lives that we can touch and hold and reconnect back physically 30 years) it strikes me that we could have underlined almost anything at random. Maybe we did. There's no significance here, and I'm not sure there ever was meant to be. But if a book of average poetry by an incredible poet can lock me into a wonderful moment, than that surely is significance enough.
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