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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (Sept. 27 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811210030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811210034
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By John Esther on 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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A fantastic novel that had me constantly laughing out loud. Hilarious
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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.
Genre breaking novel July 12 2014
By PuroShaggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
B.S. Johnson is known for his boundary pushing novels and "Albert Angelo" is one of them. Telling the story of an aspiring architect (or is he?) who substitute teaches for a living, "Albert Angelo" breaks the "fourth wall", presents internal monologues side by side with narrative action, switches narrative perspective, and even works in other non-traditional modes of storytelling. The end result is an engaging, always compelling, at times quite funny portrait of a man who is, in many ways, not to be liked.
While Johnson's unconventional forms can be accused of being gimmicky, "Albert Angelo" works because of the way the story and character is presented. Albert Angelo is not a likable man, yet because the specifics of his character faults are revealed in the uniquely parsed way that they are, the reader is not turned off. The only part of the story that does not work and seems forced (and out of nowhere) is the ending, in which Johnson admits that he is a novelist and writing a novel and thus he can do anything. Johnson already proves that through action in the book and the open admittance at the end is unnecessary.
Regardless, "Albert Angelo" is well-worth the time.
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.
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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