Originally Posted by Pennglock
Lawyerdad, just going off of what I know of your tastes in this thread, you'll be in for a thrill with the Lowry.
Cool, thanks. Ordered it.
Originally Posted by marvin100 Michael Chabon's recent paean to the Wake
is a nice read, as well. I made it through 200 pp. of FW, almost all read aloud, but couldn't keep it going. Maybe you have to be Irish.
I'm part-Irish, but clearly not enough.
Originally Posted by imatlas
I hate stream of consciousness, hate it with the heat of a thousand suns, suns that are burning into my eyes like ants eating my brain while I lie, slug-like, in a pool of my own urine that has seeped out of me one drop at a time, burning its acid slow way the length of my urethra, a urethra that has seen better days, I might add, better days before that one time when Marcus and I were experimenting with sliding glass tubes into our urethras just for the thrill of seeing who would pass out from the pain first, the pain of a thousand shards of glass slicing through the wall of my urethra, which was not unlike the pain of listening to a spoken word recital of the first 400 or was it 400,000 pages of Finnegans Wake at that jazz bar just off Valencia, or was it on Guerrero, memory fades like daylight, daylight that shines into my eyes like ants eating my brain one sliver of glass at a time
Nicely done. Personally, I think that purported stream-of-consciousness fiction is a bit like abstract art. It can be really great when well executed, but there are way too many people who are doing it poorly. And when it's done poorly, it really sucks.
Originally Posted by javyn
In my experience Finnegan's Wake is like Naked Lunch...in that a lot of people claim to have read it, but really haven't.
I didn't know Naked Lunch (not really a fan of that, either) fell into that category. But I'd say Remembrance of Things Past probably belongs on that list, and maybe The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Just started this. So far, so good. But then, I've enjoyed everything I've read by Crace.