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Arts a huge religious fiasco with priests trying to prove that a miracle has happened and therefore someone new should be canonized as a saintThe third story is another bizarre one It tells the story of Prometheus who according to ancient Greek mythology is this Titan who is punished by Zeus because he stole fire from the Gods and gave it to humans His punishment involved a bird ating his liver Assignment every night as he is tied to a rock and his liver grows back again However what is different here is that Prometheus and the rest of the characters in Greek mythology are living in modern day London Zeus is this corporate head and Prometheus is one of hismployees Totally bizarreThe last story unfortunately pales in comparison to the other three Told from the point of view of an HIV virus it tells the story of a group of drug addicts and how they pass the HIV virus around themselves Nothing too spectacularAnyway contrary to my previous Philosophy of Religion experience with Will Self and his satirical fiction I think I like this better I am glad that I gave him another chance Perhaps that s just the inherent characteristic of satirical fiction what I thought as having lack of direction in the novel actually worked out here and the short story is the right size for it Somehow a full novel s worth of satire seems to be too much for me After all it gets tedious reading about a universe when there are so many things that one has already violated There have been too many pieces of common sense that has been thrown out the window However in the short story genre the amount is just rightSo Injoyed reading this book I think I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars not a happy book but then again most people don t realise they No Respect even have a liver until it s in distressthis is the sort of book you won t realize is a novel until the veryndeverything is connected I found this collection rather showy and stilted I m afraidUpdate 20711I read this book on a hot bus a startlingly hot bus listening to hissy Beatles via a fat man s headphones I really love the brutal satire of late 70 s gay demi mondes spoofed here though The Spirituality Revolution especially on this reading This was my least favorite Will Self book but for a guy who normally writes books as well he does that doens t mean a lot These were longish stories 4 that filled anntire book and one of them the boring one was way longer than the others Still an awesome book though Self is an interesting writer I think he s honestly interested in the Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) existential uestions this collection centers on but there s a lot missing For one thing Self while capable of some really good writing is typically a poor craftsman He just seems to lose interest in his stories characters andspecially his conceitsreturnreturnSelf has said in the past that he s really a novelist of ideas but he s not Economies and Cultures even willing to carry through with seriousffort on those Designing with Web Standards either as far as I can see It would seem to me that he thinks himself a satirist but wants to be celebrated by precisely the people he wants to satirize So he always or less pulls his punches givingveryone in the book the Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, excuse of our generalxistential plight and trying to recoup his Structure Of The Nucleus edginess through graphic descriptions of bodily functions dysfunctionsreturnreturnIt just doesn t fly the decay of our bodies we have to live with mindlessness fecklessness and cruelty we can do something about But seriously taking the satiric lash to those would mean attacking his own shallow celebrants Too bad really that he hasn t the courage to do that. In the pink the following morning and ready to make that killer pitch If blood and bile flow through liverish London the two arteries meet in Birdy Num Num where career junky Billy Chobham performs little services for the customers who gather to wait for the Man while in his blood a virus pullulates A moving portrayal ofgos appetites and addictions Liver is an xtraordinary achievement from one of the most talented minds working today.
I d read a couple of Self s short stories before I forget which ones and been impressed by their inventiveness But here it seems to me that Self is a great writer without much of a story to tell On the cover of the dition I read is a uote from a review by the Independent that states What counts most is Self s Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics enthralling muscular and joyous use of language and I would agree with that main sentiment but to thextent that I think that there s really not much point to this beyond the occasional linguistic marvel I think muscular is uite an appropriate adjective for Self s writing here it s robust and corporeal with a grotesue twist kind of like a literary Passage Through Crisis euivalent of that subset of Cronenberg films whose business is body horror Butnthralled I wasn t the first of the four stories bored and annoyed me in ual measure and although part of Self s intention may have been to highlight how vapid and irritating middle class alcoholics are to do so by boring and irritating your audience into oblivion seems a bit like overkill The second story has a far interesting premise but then doesn t go anywhere after the crucial point is passed The third I suspect went mostly over my head and was ither therefore or merely simultaneously barely diverting and the fourth I again found pointless unenlightening and yes irritating too I really did find little here of worth in the way of plot character or insight And the way that Self can string words together although very impressive didn t offset that I do plan to read of his work in the future as the potential for greatness is clear but I ll be hoping for much sustenance for my The Road to Einsteins Relativity efforts Dual UK and US citizen Will Self wrote three stories and a novella interconnected by both characters and the titular metabolic organ The first story Foie Humane italics his applies an Outer Limits twist to an otherwise scatological series ofr hur hur hee vintnerettes featuring the drunken denizens of The Plantation Club The second story the novella Leberknodel italics his is a remix of Black Boy elements from his much praised novel How the Dead Live an old woman wrestles with issues of mortality and itspilogue despite the nagging presence of her issue a wasted artiste daughter The third story Prometheus reimagines the world of advertising Nighttime Sweethearts executives with characters from the Greek pantheon Imagine for a moment Don Draper sitting in the Men s Room biting on a wad of plush white tissue as a Skeksisian vulture nibbles on his rib kibbleThe fourth story Birdy Num Num is aboutwell it s about waiting for the man in a decidedly grotty underground sans a swatch of velvet in sight The main character a junkiempowered by his junkiness but by no means is he His Junkyness lives in a headworld wherein Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire every day is The Party That is The Party starring Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards This story the narratorxplains is a sort of investigative procedural Somebody is done in Is somebody done in Somebody is And then catches a late jet to Helsinki To hell Safe in My Arms e sinks Scene from The Party The media around Will Self s fiction suggests that he is carving out is own niche in the market This is the second Self book I ve read along with the Book of Dave and I agree he does offer something different to anything Presunta colpevole else mainstream Liver isffectively four mutually xclusive stories that are connected by the largest organ in the body the stories themselves have immaterial crossover Disease addiction feature Of the four lobes the second is the most accessible November. In this collection of four linked stories newly reissued by Grove Will Self takes aim at the disease and decay that target the largest of human organs the liver Set in locales as toxic as a London drinking club and mundane as a clinic in an orderly Swiss city the stories distill the hard lives of their subjects whether alcoholic drug addict or cancer patient In Foie Humaine set at the Plantation Club it's always a Tuesday afternoon in mi.
2009In Foie Humaine it s always a Tuesday afternoon at the Plantation Club the most cunt filled private pub in London and proprietor Val Carmichael the cunt is drowning the barman s liver in vodka and he might succeed if his own liver that is doesn t fail him first Elsewhere in Leberkn del a woman with terminal liver cancer goes to Zurich to nd her own life only to mysteriously miraculously recover after changing her mind An advertisor in Prometheus re Safe Words enacts an old Greek myth much to the delight of a liverating vulture and in Birdy Num Num His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, everyone in Tony Riley s little drug denspecially Billy Chobham is completely fucked up just ask the virus that s infected them allI ve heard of Will Self and remember seeing a few of his story collections in stores but I just added him to my To Read list Volume 3 and promptly forgot But I found Liver advertised as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway ntered on a whim and won Awesome Will Self has some interesting stories to tell and the impressive vocabulary with which to tell them although you may briefly doubt that when learning about the many and varied uses of the word cunt in Foie Humaine It s hard to judge a writer on four storiesnovellas alone so I ll definitely give Self another try Though I keep going back to this author I really have to wonder about his state of mind The most mundane of objects are described in gross corporeal terms In Foie Humain a carpet is the color of middle aged shit while in Leberknodel water rivulets bleed across the airplane window and the rivet heads are described as a pimplesurrounded by a ring of infe This is my 100th book reviewThe last time I read a book by Will Self I didn t like it I actually gave it 1 out of 5 stars But somehow I find myself reaching for another book by Will Self and decided to give him another chance And this chance was rather interesting and intriguing as a matter of factSo instead of a novel I picked up Liver A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes This is a short storynovella collection than a novel It contains four tales and ach of these tales has something to do with Pursuit of Justice each other and the characters relate and connect to the other characters in the other stories Most importantly however all short stories have something to do with the liver This perhaps is the most bizarre and yet most interesting facet of this book After all who writes a story about someone s liverThe first story isntitled Foie Humain and without giving Dangerous to Touch everything away this perhaps was a very good introduction to the series The story is told from the perspective of an innocent bystander and because of that the story feels like it lacks direction at times this happens to be the main reason why I hated the latest Will Self book I read All the bystander does is narrate what is happening in a certain pub in SoHo However at a sudden twist in thend one realizes that one has just read the most bizarre and disturbing short story Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude ever involving an alien with a rather interesting appetite Think French haute cuisineThe second story isntitled Leberkn del and this is the story of an old lady with liver cancer who is originally from Britain but goes to Switzerland to undergo assisted suicide Her daughter is one of the regulars in the bar in SoHo that was mentioned in the first story The interesting thing is that the old lady decides not to kill herself and because of that her body seems to be rejuvenating to the point that people around her thinks that she is a miracle This st. Dwinter and the shivering denizens of this dusty realm spend their days observing its proprietor as he force feeds the barman vodka spiked beer Joyce Beddoes protagonist of Leberkndel has terminal liver cancer and is on her way to be Rodeo Daughter euthanized in Zurich when miraculously her disease goes into remission In Prometheus a young copywriter at London's most cuttingdge ad agency has his liver nibbled by a griffon thrice daily but he's always.
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William Self is an English novelist reviewer and columnist He received his education at University College School Christ's College Finchley and Exeter College Oxford He is married to journalist Deborah OrrSelf is known for his satirical grotesue and fantastic novels and short stories set in seemingly parallel universes