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A lifetime on clouds af Gerald Murnane
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A lifetime on clouds (udgave 1976)

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"Murnane draws out a great deal of comedy from the distance between what his hero does and what he dreams."--The Guardian Adrian Sherd is a teenager in Melbourne of the 1950s--the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever. Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering eleven children by her. He even dreams a history of the world as a chronicle of sexual frustration. A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest, and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic AustralianPortnoy's Complaint.… (mere)
Medlem:Joe.Olipo
Titel:A lifetime on clouds
Forfattere:Gerald Murnane (Forfatter)
Info:William Heinemann Australia (1976), 157 pages
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Of course we already know good catholic boys are evil; always playing part in a phantasy of control, punishment and reward more perverse than anything in De Sade, save Ritual-Murder (RM) and Shit-Eating (SE).

The felicity between homosexual-romantic Catholicism, the concatenated Murnane-Sentence (Essential Sentence (ES)), and Ritual Masturbation (RM) elucidated with more clarity and more completely in "A Million Windows." ( )
  Joe.Olipo | Sep 19, 2023 |
I like 'Portnoy's Complaint.' Is it the sort of thing I want to base my life on, morally? No, it is not. But it is funny, and mercifully free of the self-adoration that fills Roth's later books.

But I'll never read Portnoy's again (that's a lie, I will), because I have this book. LoC is also about masturbation, here by a Catholic schoolboy from the Melbourne suburbs in the early 1950s. But instead of staying there and reaping the jokes, it turns into a meditation on world history as understood through masturbation--which is then revealed to be metonymic of fantasy in general. And while a merely good author would be willing to stay put there, with an indictment of fantasy and its effects on people's actual lives, Murnane implicates the reader: it's not just sex, or political power, that are open to fantasy. So too is religion. So too is marriage. So too are every aspect of our daily lives. So too, of course, is literature.

The conclusion is gloriously ambiguous, and thought-provoking: is it still fantasy, or has the fantasy finally had its effect on Adrian Sherd's life? If it has, should we be relieved, or disturbed? And what about us?

This all sounds heavy. Luckily, this is funny and easy to read. The difficulty comes in the ideas, not the expression (for better or worse).

All that said, if you don't want to read a lot about jerking off, this isn't the book for you. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
If it’s not hard enough for a naïve young man to go through puberty imagine how difficult it would be if you’re a devout young Catholic in the early 1950’s. Such is the world faced by Adrian Sherd in this brilliant coming of age novel by Gerald Murnane.
Trapped in the quiet outer suburbs of Melbourne in an era of stultifying conservatism, Adrian works through the tribulations of constant temptations and the numerous potential sins that confront him at every turn.
Adrian is very sincere in his beliefs. His solo fantasy sex life is an elaborate ritual involving his train set and American Movie stars. He makes a point of not using the many women and young ladies he comes in contact with. He could not face seeing them again after using them to indulge his base desires.
A chance encounter with a young girl from the local Catholic College prompts Adrian to give his vivid imagination free reign. So locked into his guilt and battles with sin, he imagines a pure Catholic courtship and marriage, along with eleven children, onto this young lady. Will her saintly image prevail against the whiles of the temptresses from the USA?
Murnane brings to life Adrian’s teenage years with humour and sensitivity. Although I cannot identify with his strict 1950’s Catholic upbringing, I can still sympathise with Adrian and his mates as they attempt to make sense of Melbourne in the 50’s with no television and the newspapers divided by sectarian lines.
Congratulations to Text Publishing for bringing back this timeless classic. ( )
  Robert3167 | Feb 10, 2016 |
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"Murnane draws out a great deal of comedy from the distance between what his hero does and what he dreams."--The Guardian Adrian Sherd is a teenager in Melbourne of the 1950s--the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever. Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering eleven children by her. He even dreams a history of the world as a chronicle of sexual frustration. A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest, and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic AustralianPortnoy's Complaint.

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