Arukiyomi's Progress Year 13: 2019
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#557: Sabbath's Theater
... a novel simply to provide himself
with a playground for experiments
#558: The Virgin in the Garden
... you’d be forgiven for thinking that
the whole thing is just pretentious claptrap.
#559: House of Leaves
... simply taken the plot of many a horror story ...
and then decided to let a monkey manage the typesetting.
... puns and plays on words which ...
had all the entertainment value of
dad jokes at a Christmas dinner
... a timely reminder to take time now
to cherish the things that are truly
important in life.
#562: Testament of Youth
She does go on a bit, and when she does,
it's all me, me, me.
#563: City of God
If you want to judge a book by what you can take away from it,
then this is going to make very little impact.
... certainly queer, but not in the way
the gushing Winterson considers
it in her foreword.
#565: The Book of Disquiet
"Let the plotless novel come to an end"
If only ….
There are layers of genius
within the genius here.
#567: The Kindly Ones
... a book to be taken very,
#568: Infinite Jest
... sheer tedium punctuated by very,
very isolated islands of brilliance.
... not actually anything except an attempt
by a man to show us he understands
the word proprioception.
but when he’s good,
#571: The Romantics
... all a bit unreal and very self-absorbed.
#570: A Tale of Love and Darkness
An important and interesting read.
#573: One, No One and One Hundred Thousand
... eventually disappearing up his own bum
in pursuit of some form of reality.
#574: In Search of Klingsor
... drags so much that if you hitched it to the back
of Hamilton’s Formula 1 car he wouldn’t finish a lap.
#576: Everything you Need
If you find it a bit slow going at first,
persevere with it.
#577: The Museum of Unconditional Surrender
... befittingly fragmentary ...
#578: Sentimental Education
... the man has lived solely for his loins ...
#579: The Pigeon
... an hour or so later you’re thinking
you could do with more.
#580: Miss Lonelyhearts
... not enough space for
a deeper exploration of the issues ...
#581: The Left-Handed Woman
It’s a page-turner primarily because
you just want to turn pages to make it stop.
#582: Reasons to Live
There’s a lot more going on under
the surface than it seems.
#583: The War at the End of the World
... all the intensity of the most roasted
Brazilian coffee you can imagine.
#584: The Man Without Qualities
Satire, however, is subtle humour at best,
and German humour is subtler still.
#585: Paradise of the Blind
... definitely romanticises the beauty
of Vietnam and cultural essentials ...
#586: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
... vivid and heartbreaking.
#587: City Primeval
... has left almost no trace in my memory.
#588: The Goldfinch
... pulled out the freezer and hastily
warmed up in the microwave ...
#589: The Labyrinth of Solitude
A boring and possibly unnecessary read nowadays.
... very accurately captures its era,
this in many respects is a shame.
#591: Dining on Stones
... the title is a metaphor for what
his readers will go through.
#592: The Engineer of Human Souls
... at once funny, poignant, moving, funny, sad and tragic ...
#593: The Violent Bear it Away
... many people won’t like this ...
... if you’re not a fan of writers
obsessed with sex, this isn’t for you.
#595: The Midnight Examiner
... picaresque and satirical but it’s
not going to be anyone’s fave read.
#596: The Self-Condemned
... every now and then, there’s a Rand-ish rant ...
#597: The House of Dr Dee
... he’s still playing the same old riff.
... hold on tight and keep your hands inside the car.
#599: The Moor's Last Sigh
... the novel has been infected with Rushdie
... and finds that it can’t recover.
#600: The Driver's Seat
... too short to get a thesis of any strength across.
#601: The Drowned World
... a world in which Ballard’s fiction is fact
is not one I want to live in any longer.
#602: Song of Solomon
... entirely appropriate that reality is
best described intangibly.
#603: Family Matters
... about halfway through it gradually drifts off ...
I have no idea why anyone would
want to write a novel like this.