Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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Praise for THE BUTT 'The Butt is Self's most gripping and disturbing novel in years' Harper's Bazaar 'Self writes here with an adroit impersonation of coarse exuberance that makes The Butt as readable as a blokeish airport novel ... Ingenious' Sunday Telegraph 'With a flick of a cigarette Will Self performs literary acrobatics few other writers can even dream of' Scotland on Sunday
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The first section, "Very Little", about a dwarf friend from childhood who becomes a successful YBA-style visual artist in later life, I found highly entertaining, especially the "divide by ten, multiply by ten" meme. The third section, "Spurn Head", based on a walk along that rapidly eroding stretch of Yorkshire coastline, I also found highly readable, although the weirdly and inconsistently spelled rendition of the local accent was annoying. Both of these sections could be reasonably described as "Sebaldesque", after the mysterious literary style of W. G. Sebald, mixing fact, fiction, geography, fantasy and photographs, although with far more humour than Sebald.
But the middle section, "Walking to Hollywood", rapidly became for me totally confusing, boring, messy and unreadable. It is founded on a false premise, for starters, that cinema is dead, and that Hollywood has killed it - completely untrue, judging by today's cinema audiences and the huge breadth and depth of films being produced, but an interesting "factoid" on which to hang a chunk of novel. Then we find the narrator character, constantly being played by one of two well-known actors, doing a seemingly pointless walk around Los Angeles over the space of a few days, meeting other film folk, themselves being played by other actors, while all kinds of ridiculous things happen and one scene kind of morphs into another.Read more ›
It is a journey into Will Self, and a mind that is both highly articulate yet steeped in problems.
After you spend ages reading material, which feels like an uphill struggle, you are rewarded by views otherwise impossible to reach.
If I'm honest, I nearly gave up a few times and I'm still not sure what I was reading!
The likeness of the cover image to Edvard Munch's "Scream" should indicate where you're heading on this particular read!
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Why use a long, complicated word when a short one will do? Some people think Will Self is brilliant. I don't! I really don't like his style. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by J. K. Marie
I parted company with Mr Self and his fiction several years ago as I found the constant dictionary referral quite tiring on the arms. Read morePublished on 2 April 2012 by nicholas hargreaves