Will Self: Liver A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes



I d read a couple of Self s short stories before I forget which ones and been impressed by their inventiveness But ere it seems to me that Self is a great writer without much of a story to tell On the cover of the edition I read is a uote from a review by the Independent that states What counts most is Self s enthralling muscular and joyous use of language and I would agree with that main sentiment but to the extent 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 Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 here it s robust and corporeal with a grotesue twist kind of like a literary euivalent of that subset of Cronenberg films whose business is bodyorror But enthralled I wasn t the first of the four stories bored and annoyed me in eual measure and although part of Self s intention may The Dolce Diet have been toighlight ow 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 as a far interesting premise but then doesn t go anywhere after the crucial point is passed The third I suspect went mostly over my Spunk head and was either therefore or merely simultaneously barely diverting and the fourth I again found pointless unenlightening and yes irritating too I really did find littleere 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 The Kafka of 238th Street his work in the future as the potential for greatness is clear but I ll beoping for much sustenance for my efforts Though I keep going back to this author I really The Letters to the Thessalonians have to wonder aboutis 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 eads are described as a pimplesurrounded by a ring of infective rust Self s writing as a way of creeping up on you as an accretion of disgust At precisely the moment you start recoiling from the coarse descriptors and the book s cast of rejects the author reminds even admonishes you not to judge the characters or their detestable surroundingsOh and did I mention what must be an abso This was my least favorite Will Self book but for a guy who normally writes books as well Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, he does that doens t mean a lot These were longish stories 4 that filled an entire book and one of them the boring one was way longer than the others Still an awesome book though The media around Will Self s fiction suggests thate 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 Ivory (The Ivory Saga he does offer something different to anything else mainstream Liver is effectively four mutually exclusive stories that are connected by the largest organ in the body the stories themselvesave immaterial cross. 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 Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, 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 theard 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.

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Ite the nagging presence of The Temple of Death her issue a wasted artiste daughter The third story Prometheus reimagines the world of advertising 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 onis 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 junkie empowered by Venus Blueprint his junkiness but by no means ise His Junkyness lives in a Shame On Her Volume 3 headworld wherein every day is The Party That is The Party starring Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards This story the narrator explains is a sort of investigative procedural Somebody is done in Is somebody done in Somebody is And then catches a late jet to Helsinki Toell e sinks e Scene from The Party 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 Bisk CPA Review 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 each of these talesas something to do with each other and the characters relate and connect to the other characters in the other stories Most importantly A Crazy Kind of Love however all short storiesave 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 is entitled Foie Humain and without giving everything away this perhaps was a very good introduction to the series The story is told from the perspective Self is an interesting writer I think The Medieval Forest he sonestly interested in the 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 The Road Beyond Ruin his stories characters and especiallyis conceitsreturnreturnSelf Backlash has said in the past thate s really a novelist of ideas but Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, he s not even willing to carry through with serious effort on those either as far as I can see It would seem to me thate thinks Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, himself a satirist but wants to be celebrated by precisely the peoplee wants to satirize So In Defense of Food he always or less pullsis punches giving everyone in the book the excuse of our general existential plight and trying to recoup is edginess through graphic descriptions of bodily functions dysfunctionsreturnreturnIt just doesn t fly the decay of our bodies we ave to live with mindlessness fecklessness and cruelty we can do something about But seriously taking the satiric lash to those would mean attacking Black and White his own shallow celebrants Too bad really thate The Color of Water hasn t the courage to do tha. 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 inis blood a virus pullulates A moving portrayal of egos appetites and addictions Liver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most talented minds working today.

Over Disease addiction feature Of the four lobes the second is the most accessible where an aging cancer sufferer comes back from the brink but then that story drags towards the end The other three I struggled to maintain interest I didn t care about the characters and کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمی‌نویسد had the overwhelming sense that I was missing the point throughout I wish Iad the brain the size of a planetThe writing and language was attractive in parts but the stories themselves weren t enough to pull me through and I was glad to finally put the book down this morning so I could get on with reading the weekend papers about our financial armageddon Something different like a foregin cocktail but sad old me will return to the real ale methinks not a Cake Pops happy book but then again most people don t realise they evenave a liver until it s in distressthis is the sort of book you won t realize is a novel until the very endeverything is connected November 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 Brave New World he might succeed ifis own liver that is doesn t fail The Name of the Rose him first Elsewhere in Leberkn del a woman with terminal liver cancer goes to Zurich to ender own life only to mysteriously miraculously recover after changing er mind An advertisor in Prometheus re enacts an old Greek myth much to the delight of a liver eating vulture and in Birdy Num Num everyone in Tony Riley s little drug den especially Billy Chobham is completely fucked up just ask the virus that s infected them allI ve eard of Will Self and remember seeing a few of Memories of My Melancholy Whores his story collections in stores but I just addedim to my To Read list Volume 3 and promptly forgot But I found Liver advertised as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway entered on a whim and won Awesome Will Self as 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 ard to judge a writer on four storiesnovellas alone so I ll definitely give Self another try I found this collection rather showy and stilted I m afraidUpdate 20711I read this book on a Pitch Dark hot bus a startlinglyot bus listening to Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear hissy Beatles via a fat man seadphones I really love the brutal satire of late 70 s gay demi mondes spoofed ere though especially on this reading 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 is applies an Outer Limits twist to an otherwise scatological series of er ur ur Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales hee vintnerettes featuring the drunken denizens of The Plantation Club The second story the novella Leberknodel italicsis is a remix of elements from Atomic Ghost his much praised novel How the Dead Live an old woman wrestles with issues of mortality and its epilogue desp. Dwinter and the shivering denizens of this dusty realm spend their days observing its proprietor ase force feeds the barman vodka spiked beer Joyce Beddoes protagonist of Leberkndel Lightning Strike Twice has terminal liver cancer and is oner way to be euthanized in Zurich when miraculously The Purple Island her disease goes into remission In Prometheus a young copywriter at London's most cutting edge ad agencyas The Last Odd Day his liver nibbled by a griffon thrice daily bute's always.

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