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And without giving everything away this perhaps was a very good introduction to the series The story is told rom the perspective of an innocent bystander and because of that the story The Outside 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 the end one realizes that one has just read the most bizarre and disturbing short story ever involving an alien with a rather interesting appetite Think French haute cuisineThe second story is entitled Leberkn del and this is the story of an old lady with liver cancer who is originallyrom 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 Loving James (Surviving Elite High, 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 starts a huge religiousiasco 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 i Self is an interesting writer I think he s honestly 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 his stories characters and especially his conceitsreturnreturnSelf has said in the past that he s really a novelist of ideas but he s not even willing to carry through with serious effort on those either as Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, far as I can see It would seem to me that he thinks himself a satirist but wants to be celebrate. In the pink theollowing morning and ready to make that killer pitch If blood and bile I See Rude People flow through liverish London the two arteries meet in Birdy Num Num where career junky Billy Chobham performs little servicesor the customers who gather to wait HVAC Design Sourcebook for the Man while in his blood a virus pullulates A moving portrayal of egos appetites and addictions Liver is an extraordinary achievementrom one of the most talented minds working today.
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Eberknodel italics his is a remix of elements rom his much praised novel How the Dead Live an old woman wrestles with issues of mortality and its epilogue despite the nagging presence of her issue a wasted artiste daughter The third story Prometheus reimagines the world of advertising executives with characters The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, from the Greek pantheon Imagineor 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 Ormen i Essex fourth story Birdy Num Num is aboutwell it s about waitingor the man in a decidedly grotty underground sans a swatch of velvet in sight The main character a junkie empowered by his junkiness but by no means is he His Junkyness lives in a 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 To hell e sinks e Scene Bare It All (Love Undercover, 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 Iind myself reaching Bare It All (Love Undercover, for another book by Will Self and decided to give him another chance And this chance was rather interesting and intriguing as a matter ofactSo 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 An Elusive Victorian four tales and each of these tales has something to do with 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 interestingacet of this book After all who writes a story about someone s liverThe A Bird in the House first story is entitled Foie Humain. Dwinter and the shivering denizens of this dusty realm spend their days observing its proprietor as heorce eeds the barman vodka spiked beer Joyce Beddoes protagonist of Leberkndel has terminal liver cancer and is on her way to be euthanized in Zurich when miraculously her disease goes into remission In Prometheus a young copywriter at London's most cutting edge ad agency has his liver nibbled by a griffon thrice daily but he's always.
November 2009In Foie Humaine it s always a Tuesday afternoon at the Plantation Club the most cunt illed 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 The Last Imaginary Place fail himirst Elsewhere in Leberkn del a woman with terminal liver cancer goes to Zurich to end her own life only to mysteriously miraculously recover after changing her 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 Not Just Roommates fucked up just ask the virus that s infected them allI ve heard of Will Self and remember seeing aew of his story collections in stores but I just added him to my To Read list Volume 3 and promptly Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, forgot But Iound Liver advertised as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway entered 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 Jean-Paul Sartre four storiesnovellas alone so I ll definitely give Self another try Iound 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 Vintage Games fat man s headphones I really love the brutal satire of late 70 s gay demi mondes spoofed here 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 Theirst story Foie Humane italics his applies an Outer Limits twist to an otherwise scatological series of er hur hur hee vintnerettes Zamba featuring the drunken denizens of The Plantation Club The second story the novella In this collection ofour 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.
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