This is a terrible book. I'm about 250 pages in. There's so much jumping, no real plot yet, no "main character(s)" for that matter. Every section seems to have a new major character who fucks around and doesn't accomplish anything. Has anyone else read this book? Does it get better? Help, because I'm considering using my copy for kindling.
>There's so much jumping, no real plot yet, no "main character(s)" for that matter.
Nothing wrong with that. Any discomfort or frustration that has caused you is reflective of you and not the book. Would you criticize a surrealist novel for the same thing?
>Every section seems to have a new major character who fucks around and doesn't accomplish anything.
Why do characters have to "do something". Are you reading for the plot or something? Its just an experience to take in and enjoy.
If you hate the book then don't finish it but you are only about 1/4 of the way through so you may want to give it more time.
Its extraordinary what people let get in the way of them reading something. Its a group of words. Read them or don't. Forget whatever conventions you're restricting everything to.
I sympathize, OP.
That's sort of how I feel about Infinite Jest. Although obv the Incandenzas are the main characters, each section introduces more characters and I've read 300 pages of that book, but have had to take a break because of university so now I have no clue who is who. Can't remember Schtitt is, who Troeltsch is, who Pemulis is, WHO THE FUCK ARE THESE KIDS
OP here, I'll try to take this in.
As for the criticism from others regarding my need for a plot it all boils down to purpose of reading. Some people may read for the experience, to hear and feel the environment the author describes, novels to submerse themselves in. When I approach a novel often times I am looking for a lesson or proverb that the author might instill. I am also hoping for an outcome that represents this. So with that in mind you can imagine the contempt I may have held for this novel, since I am continuously reaching for plot holds and lessons and coming up empty handed. I will continue taking this anons advice and attempting to read for a new type of experience.
maybe you should try to open your eyes to more nuanced plot changes, or how the plot reveals something about the characters: this is especially evident in the part about the critics
>Under the Volacano
>Literatura Nazi / The Savage Detectives (also by Bolaño)
>Mcarthy's Border Trilogy
>The Tunnel by W H Gass
Every single person that I've talked to about it, refers to it as Dante's Inferno and only a child would think otherwise. please stop, you're making a fool out of yourself and not contributing at all.
Is it really PoMo? If it is then I don't get the meme...
I understand why Pynchon, Delillo and Duhfu are, but in this or for example The Recognitions I don't see it.
Anyone care to explain?
stop being so wrong. just admit you made a mistake on this one anon, it's the internet no one knows who you are :) it will spare you further shame and humiliation
i mean, seriously, of all the hills you could choose to die on..."inferno refers to the entire commedia" really??
One of the main points of postmodernism is a lack of objectivity and a representation of a whole lot of different viewpoints in a story. This means that the narrative is often fragmented rather than linear and that the story often doesn't have a main character.