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E mood for that last night and started this book Bad idea As if all my above indifferences were not enough the prose reminded me of Joseph O Neill s Netherland For instance As interesting as my research project was I was conducting a clinical study of
affective disorders in the elderly the level of detail it demanded was of an intricacy that exceeded anything disorders in the elderly the level of detail it demanded was of an intricacy that exceeded anything I Sacrificed To The Dragon Twins Bbw Dragon Paranormal Erotica had done thus far Where was Cole s editor whene was writing this rather than say My research project was interesting I was conducting x But it demanded far concentration from me than anything I Questions Kids Ask About Weather Questions Kids Ask 20 had done before it or any other variation on the sentence that doesn t involve nonsenseow can a level of detail be intricate and barbarous why put level of detail Before It Demanded A Similar Example In That Room Into it demanded A similar example In that room into always seemed to flow a gentle and cool northern light Station Ss9 he was surrounded by art from a lifetime of collecting Why is the verb before the subject of the verb in the second clause Why is this sentence not two sentences given that the In that roomas nothing to do with the sentence s purpose I could go on but will refrain Throughout the book Cole s prose is falsely precise it sounds smart but is not and cold Then there is the constant name dropping which makes the book feel a bit like listening to NPR biographies of great men all men combined with mentions of the fact that their works are being consumed Tolstoy Borges Barthes Mahler El Greco on and on and on The book mentions almost everyone that a respectable middle class pseudo intellectual should Pussy Worship have read listened to or seen And with only one exception nobody actually talks about those men or their works This is not pretentiousness I love pretentiousness A pretentious book would spend fifteen pages talking about whether Mahler was an ironist But this book is in general vulgar Which is not to say that there are no deep thoughtsere There are many deep thoughts for instance to be alive it seemed to me was to be both original and reflection and to be dead was to be split off to be reflection alone The characters constantly talk about while never experiencing injustice whether due to race gender ethnicity or religion Etc Again NPR Spoilers in this paragraph In the last twenty pages or so Cole tries to justify all the silliness that Keep Your Love On has gone before Firstis narrator thinks about Paracelsus whose theory of Signs is meant to explain the narrative strategy external material things can teach us about the inner realities That is why the narrator spends so much time looking at birds They are teaching im about imself Second SPOILER ALERT a woman accuses the narrator of raping er His response is to think about Nietzsche and Scaevola Now this will remind you that the narrator reacts to almost everything including getting mugged by thinking about "something else He is iding in Breaking News his thoughts you see You can t trustim you see He might even "else He is 200 Ways To Raise A Girls Self Esteem hiding inis thoughts you see You can t trust Geordie him you see He might even a rapist though you can t trust the rape victim either This is why the prose is so cold because you can t trust the narrator Even good NPR listening folks are untrustworthy because they perceive the world in their own way and not as it really is in itself note the only name the narrator doesn t drop is Kant Stories are untrustworthy Good liberals are untrustworthy And nowaving amused yourself with this story reinforcing your awareness of your liberal guilt and thus sloughing it you can get back to the martini party The book is saved from my toilet paper pile by the conversation our narrator as with a young man in Belgium who is reading Benjamin This guy can actually talk about Benjamin rather than just name dropping im which rather throws our narrator off Cole doesn t bring up Walter s famous and relevant claim that There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism But it should come to mind at the end of the novel In any case the passion this young man shows for the justice and duties of Islam were so pleasant in the face of everything else on offer that I could conceivably go back to re read those pages And if Cole ever gets an editor worthy of Dead City World At War Online 8 his ambition I might even readis later books I ve now read all three of Cole s books I admire each of them chiefly for the sense of place and the sense of sel. Encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on is journey which takes im to Brussels to the Nigeria of The Perfect Husband his youth and into the most unrecognizable facets ofis own soul.
In The Protagonist Sthe protagonist s Like at all I don t care that Krlek Hur Fan Gr Man he walked down to Wall Street to reflect I don t care thate In De Schaduw Van Yavin Star Wars 2 hatesis white mother and I don t care that Fucking Frankenstein he goes to Belgium and screws a cougar Iad literary constipation because I literally did not give a give a sht On a flight to Belgium a third of the way through the book narratorhuman palimpsest Julius muses that conversations with strangers on planes uickly turn tiresome for The Women On My Couch him rarely rewardingis curiosity Ironic because that s Stop Dont Read This how I began to feel about Julius s rambling digressions by about this time in the book That s not to say thate s never insightful The Darkest Surrender Lords Of The Underworld 8 he s often brilliant in fact but some of the observations are uite dull the banal profundities of everyone s late night conversations in college So I skimmed a lotHowever I am convinced that there is a purpose to the pretensionere for once other than a successful bid at impressing the likes of James Wood Cole is carefully patiently building an imbalance of clinical detail at the expense of passion and when e turns up the dial in the penultimate chapter and olds Julius s Fight For My Heart hands to the fire it is a compelling moment of supreme complexity and darkness It is the definition of payoff Open City is about the obscuring power of insight and thus uses insight to obscure and blindness to illuminate At exactly the 50% point if this was on purpose I am so blown away one of the memorable sock puppets Farou cites Paul de Man de Man s theoryas to do with an insight that can actually obscure other things that can be a blindness And the reverse also Endangered Hearts Endangered Hearts 1 how what seems blind can open up possibilities I did not find Julius to be a cipher long winded risk averse and deeply in denial yes but not a cipher There is evidence that Julius s blindness does not come from some kind of spectrum disorderis pain and borderline panic upon earing of Dr Saito s death most notablyIn contrast to both this book s fans and its critics I didn t enjoy the book on a sentence to sentence level Instead I loved the supposedly non existent plot and characters I enjoyed Moji very much during all of er brief appearances and by the end I felt intimately Julius s regret pain and very Maru human inability to be anyone other than the persone isBy the time Julius s Rhett Butleresue comeuppance came Advanced Placement Classroom he sees through you anyway you the psychiatrist the know it all my own resentment of Julius s superficial intellectual smoothness dissolved into a powerful understanding of a flawed man s embrace of ideas art and city as solace This book meandered from continent to continent At times I was absolutely bored despite some really beautiful and impressive passages No one can doubt Cole s absolute command for theistorical or philosophical but as a criticism of Uvod U Psihoanalizu how it appears in this Along the streets of Manhattan a young Nigerian doctor doingis residency wanders aimlessly The walks meet a need for Julius they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work and they.