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And the Ass Saw the Angel af Unknown
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And the Ass Saw the Angel (original 1989; udgave 1767)

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En 28-årig, stum og sindsforvirret mand venter på døden i en sump med hængedynd og genoplever sit håbløse liv i et religiøst fanatisk og brutalt landsbysamfund i Australien.
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Titel:And the Ass Saw the Angel
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Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1767)
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Update 24/3/2020 I discover Nick Caves reading this and it's great. Maybe it's like Dickens, has to be performed, not read. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQOn9z_CUEQ Highly recommended.

Also: he thought while he was writing it that using a lot of words nobody knew was very funny, but in retrospect he wasn't so sure; this from an interview in the early nineties.

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I think this just isn't my thing. On some sort of word/sentence level I'm admiring it, it reads a bit like music. Lots of people have called it indulgent, and that's a fair cop surely. The language, the style, the unusual words, the gothic floridness. But it has a uniformity of the bizarre that makes this dull after a while. David Katzman confessed that having read it a while back, the details are no longer with him, just an idea of the creepiness. That sums up the impact for me. But I feel like it could make a powerful movie, it is very VERY visual.

Nick Cave said recently that he should have set it in Australia, it's quintessentially Australian. Can anybody else see that? I've tried and been found wanting if that's the case. https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/music-reads/features/nick-cave-conversations-revi...

I'm moving on, having read the first 60 pages or so - but I can't help feeling I've let the author down and that it deserved more from me. Maybe it's one to be revisited in the right mood. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Update 24/3/2020 I discover Nick Caves reading this and it's great. Maybe it's like Dickens, has to be performed, not read. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQOn9z_CUEQ Highly recommended.

Also: he thought while he was writing it that using a lot of words nobody knew was very funny, but in retrospect he wasn't so sure; this from an interview in the early nineties.

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I think this just isn't my thing. On some sort of word/sentence level I'm admiring it, it reads a bit like music. Lots of people have called it indulgent, and that's a fair cop surely. The language, the style, the unusual words, the gothic floridness. But it has a uniformity of the bizarre that makes this dull after a while. David Katzman confessed that having read it a while back, the details are no longer with him, just an idea of the creepiness. That sums up the impact for me. But I feel like it could make a powerful movie, it is very VERY visual.

Nick Cave said recently that he should have set it in Australia, it's quintessentially Australian. Can anybody else see that? I've tried and been found wanting if that's the case. https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/music-reads/features/nick-cave-conversations-revi...

I'm moving on, having read the first 60 pages or so - but I can't help feeling I've let the author down and that it deserved more from me. Maybe it's one to be revisited in the right mood. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Update 24/3/2020 I discover Nick Caves reading this and it's great. Maybe it's like Dickens, has to be performed, not read. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQOn9z_CUEQ Highly recommended.

Also: he thought while he was writing it that using a lot of words nobody knew was very funny, but in retrospect he wasn't so sure; this from an interview in the early nineties.

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I think this just isn't my thing. On some sort of word/sentence level I'm admiring it, it reads a bit like music. Lots of people have called it indulgent, and that's a fair cop surely. The language, the style, the unusual words, the gothic floridness. But it has a uniformity of the bizarre that makes this dull after a while. David Katzman confessed that having read it a while back, the details are no longer with him, just an idea of the creepiness. That sums up the impact for me. But I feel like it could make a powerful movie, it is very VERY visual.

Nick Cave said recently that he should have set it in Australia, it's quintessentially Australian. Can anybody else see that? I've tried and been found wanting if that's the case. https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/music-reads/features/nick-cave-conversations-revi...

I'm moving on, having read the first 60 pages or so - but I can't help feeling I've let the author down and that it deserved more from me. Maybe it's one to be revisited in the right mood. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
And the ass saw the angel is a murky Southern Gothic novel. It is set in a town called Ukulore, located in a once-fertile valley in the US South, which is the home base of a fundagelical Christian splinter group. Their Prophet has been dead a long time, and their local wealth and dominance have gradually driven away many of the other inhabitants; the remaining non-Ukulites are vagrants, whores, outcasts and the inbred poachers from the nearby swamp. Many years of constant rain have reduced the valley to rot and mud, and the strictly-observed Ukulite morality has made place for covert baseness and the worst kind of social discrimination. The main character, Euchrid, is an ostracized maniac and a congenital mute whose grotesque family tree is an extravagant mess of incest, alchoholism, abuse and cruelty to animals. His pendant, the Beauty to his Beast, is Elizabeth, the blonde baby girl whose birth heralded the end of the rains and the beginning of a new fertility. Euchrid and Elizabeth, both believing themselves to be instruments of a Higher Power, will shape the future of this vile place.

I thought this was a so-so book. I’m not averse to weird fiction (nor to Weird Fiction), but And the ass saw the angel struck me as pretty generic, both plot-wise and theme-wise. The descriptions of filth and depravity are sometimes overdone, in the way that concise and image-packed lyrics quickly lose their effect when maintained over longer sections of prose. Also, Euchrid’s inner dialogues are presented in some barely-applied eye dialect, which mainly consists of ah and mah for “I” and “my” among regularly-spelt English -- at that point, why bother, really?

That said, though, I do think the book’s gnarly language and style are absorbing and the book’s saving grace. His drive and his thirst for the grotesque are apparent on every page, and without the twisted narration Cave would not have been able to hold everything together, if only precariously. ( )
1 stem Petroglyph | Jul 4, 2019 |
io non lo so perché.
proprio proprio non me lo spiego..
cioè, ogni volta mi dico "basta, non è possibile!",
e ogni volta invece finisce così:
che perdo la testa per "personaggi" come minimo strambi, a volte un po' alienati... che più si credono normali più si può star certi di scoprire che sono un sacco contorti dentro.. e affascinanti! (hem, sì.. vabbe'.. per me, ovvio)

ecco, questo libro è stato il mio primo del genere che io chiamo "socio-psico patologico".
..e fu amore a prima pagina!
perché comunque c'è molto di più.

esiste un superlativo assoluto di assolutamente magnifico?!

p.s.:
in verità vi dico… che comunque non saprei dire nemmeno il titolo di una canzone di nick cave.
giusto per precisare.
;P ( )
  cry6379 | Sep 17, 2017 |
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The work's epigraph quotes the King James Bible, the Book of Numbers, Chapter 22, Verses 23-31.

23 And the ass saw the angel of the Loard standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
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