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Albert Angelo [Paperback]

B S Johnson
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By squib
Format:Paperback
Albert Angelo is one of the most creative works from the creative mind of BS Johnson.

Alas, in the recent editions of this novel, the most important feature that garnered it so much attention when it was first published is missing. The holes that allowed readers to gaze ahead by a couple of pages are no more. This concrete foreshadowing is typical for Johnson, as he attempted to consider the structure and form of the novel from new perspectives.

This edition simply notes that the hole which used to appear in the book, is no longer there. I suppose it's due to rising publishing costs or somesuch. What a pity.

Otherwise, the book is clever, creative, imaginative and fun. As with most of BS Johnson's fiction, his real life, his narrative voice and his fictional characters all blend together as he tries to do away with the lies that are fiction.

And he makes it entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Sept. 14 1999
Format:Hardcover
One of the funniest books I have ever read. If you teach, you shoud hunt this novel down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have ever read about pedagogy Sept. 14 1999
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A fantastic novel that had me constantly laughing out loud. Hilarious
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Albert Angelo tells the story of an aspiring London architect in the 1960s who is forced to earn a living by teaching in rough inner-City schools. This was Johnson's second novel and he displays some of the experiments and techniques for which he is famous - splitting the page between the inner thoughts and spoken words of a character, for example. Towards the end of the book the author violently interrupts the narrative to explain the true facts behind the writing of the novel. B S Johnson was a working class Londoner who was a disciple of Joyce and Beckett. His novels are hard to obtain but there is a growing recognition of his work and a realisation that he was, in many ways, ahead of his time. Picador are about to re-issue one of his most interesting books "The Unfortunates" which is a seeries of loose leaf pamphlets in a box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a minor classic by an experimental english writer Feb. 7 1999
By cwcam32@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Albert Angelo tells the story of an aspiring London architect in the 1960s who is forced to earn a living by teaching in rough inner-City schools. This was Johnson's second novel and he displays some of the experiments and techniques for which he is famous - splitting the page between the inner thoughts and spoken words of a character, for example. Towards the end of the book the author violently interrupts the narrative to explain the true facts behind the writing of the novel. B S Johnson was a working class Londoner who was a disciple of Joyce and Beckett. His novels are hard to obtain but there is a growing recognition of his work and a realisation that he was, in many ways, ahead of his time. Picador are about to re-issue one of his most interesting books "The Unfortunates" which is a seeries of loose leaf pamphlets in a box.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Sept. 14 1999
By John Esther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the funniest books I have ever read. If you teach, you shoud hunt this novel down.
4.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have ever read about pedagogy Sept. 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic novel that had me constantly laughing out loud. Hilarious
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