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Albert Angelo Paperback – Oct 2 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.