[Epub] Anxious Pleasures By Lance Olsen – Thegreatwallonline.us

Anxious Pleasures Anxious Pleasures Takes Franz Kafka S Profoundly Haunting And Sad Comic Novella, The Metamorphosis, And Reanimates It Through The Vantage Points Of Those Who Surrounded Gregor Samsa During His Plight All The Familiar Characters Are Here, Including The Hysterical Mother, Stern Father, Faithless Sister, And The Pragmatic Household Cook But We Are Also Introduced To, Among Others, The Would Be Author Downstairs Who Daydreams Of The Narrative He May Someday Compose And A Young Woman In Contemporary London Reading Kafka S Slim Book For The First Time.Or Do They All Comprise A Few Of The Disturbing Dreams From Which Gregor Is About To Snap Awake One Morning To Find Himself Transformed Into A Monstrous Vermin In The Tradition Of Michael Cunningham S The Hours And John Gardner S Grendel, Olsen S Novel Not Only Represents A Collaboration With A Ghost, But, Too, A Celebration, Augmentation, Complication, And Devoted Unwriting Of A Momentously Influential Text.

[Epub] Anxious Pleasures  By Lance Olsen – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Anxious Pleasures
  • Lance Olsen
  • English
  • 10 December 2017
  • 159376135X

10 thoughts on “Anxious Pleasures


  1. says:

    This slim novel is a deconstruction and a reconstruction of Kafka s The Metamorphosis, as well as a re creation history is changed and the so called natural disasters are not natural The central premise in its reconstruction is one that hadn t occurred to me before and I ask myself Why not Despite one comment by one woman, it now seems obvious though a bit deflating I wonder, too, why other things have been changed in reference to the original text Though we are specifically told Marga This slim novel is a deconstruction and a reconstruction of Kafka s The Metamorphosis, as well as a re creation history is changed and the so called natural disasters are not natural The central premise in its reconstruction is one that hadn t occurred to me before and I ask myself Why not Despite one comment by one woman, it now seems obvious though a bit deflating I wonder, too, why other things have been changed in reference to the original text Though we are specifically told Margaret s reading The Metamorphosis, is she actually reading something slightly different Well, so are we Though we seem to be grounded in present day London with her, is she in a different reality a la Elizabeth Costello a Coetzee novel referenced in an essay at the back of Margaret s book In one chapter of the recre...


  2. says:

    A reread One of my favorite little known novels, a retelling of Kafka s The Metamorphosis through the points of view of the other family members and the servants.My 3d reading of this little novel in 9 years As much as I admire Ols...


  3. says:

    This is a beautifully written, lyrical and captivating book Some of the prose is truly poetic, and masterfully written I highly recommend this work of anything who appreciates Kafka and most particularity his story The Metamorphosis To me this book readslike an exploration into Kafka s The Metamorphosis rather than just a rewriting of the story But I feel as if within the pages of his novel the author is seeking to discover a deeper meaning of the story One of the interesting thin This is a beautifully written, lyrical and captivating book Some of the prose is truly poetic, and masterfully written I highly recommend this work of anything who appreciates Kafka and most particularity his story The Metamorphosis To me this book readslike an exploration into Kafka s The Metamorphosis rather than just a rewriting of the story But I feel as if within the pages of his novel the author is seeking to discover a deeper meaning of the story One of the interesting things about the book is the fact that while The Metamorphosis is told from Gregor s point of view, Olsen tells the story from the point of view of those around Gregor, his family, servants, tenants etc. One thing I really liked was the way in which I felt Olsen humanizes these characters while still stayi...


  4. says:

    Check out my book review in RCF Vol XXVIII, 1 is the review in full The Review of Contemporary FictionAnxious Pleasures A Novel After Kafka, by Lance Olsenreviewed by Ren e E D AoustLance Olsen s anxious pleasures a novel after kafka is a surreal text of haunting, interlacing narratives Olsen engages in direct conversation with the ghost of Kafka and with every character in his own and in Kafka s book in addition, Olsen adds contemporary Ma Check out my book review in RCF Vol XXVIII, 1 is the review in full The Review of Contemporary FictionAnxious Pleasures A Novel After Kafka, by Lance Olsenreviewed by Ren e E D AoustLance Olsen s anxious pleasures a novel after kafka is a surreal text of haunting, interlacing narratives Olsen engages in direct conversation with the ghost of Kafka and with every character in his own and in Kafka s book in addition, Olsen adds contemporary Margaret, who is reading Kafka s The Metamorphosis for the first time Margaret s studies allow Olsen to include literary criticism of The Metamorphosis, but it isn t a sleight of hand inclusion Olsen suggests that as readers we are as much creators as critics, and Margaret shows the psychic struggles of such engagement with literature for that reason, reading Olsen becomes a quest not beca...


  5. says:

    Listen to this Shutting my eyes, I slant into the presence of his arm, the pinprick flakes of cold tapping my face and vanishing, and begin to image myself suspended in the centre of a gigantic piece of marzipan It is white and soft and grainy with almond paste and sugar Behind the immediate scents lingers an understated vanilla that makes me ...


  6. says:

    i might ve given this 3 stars if i d read kafka s metamorphosis i didn t read the back flap very carefully before i borrowed it at the library, and i suspect there s a good chance i d have enjoyed this book , with metamorphosis as a context however, it d still only get 3 stars because the writing is rather flat periodically there are bursts of color in the prose thank god , but in general, a lot of basic description without much feeling the nature of what s truly happening is sometimes i might ve given this 3 stars if i d read kafka s metamorphosis i didn t read the back flap very carefully before i borrowed it at the library, and i suspect there s a good chance i d have enjoyed this book , w...


  7. says:

    A bit like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead meets Gregor Samsa, but without the comedy naturally, it s Kafka The story of Gregor Samsa s Metamorphosis through the eyes of his parents, sister, boss, the family servents, boarders and even a contemporary reader Interesting and thought provoking to get a new picture of poor Gregor The invention of his hunger artist brother Georg, the bombing of Prague and descriptions of a naked, dirty, insane Gregor reveal much about Olsen s interpret A bit like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead meets Gregor Samsa, but without the comedy naturally, it s Kafka The story of Gregor Samsa s Metamorphosis through the eyes of his parents, sister, boss, the family servents, boarders a...


  8. says:

    I ranked this with four stars at first but when I read it over and taught it, I appreciated its layers, its sophisticationthan on the first read The prose is lovely, and its stories are beautiful I teared up at the end when the minor est of minor characters appear for their part of the story.


  9. says:

    I had some pretty high hopes for what I wanted this book to be It was readable don t get me wrong and the idea is fantastic I think maybe I just treasure the original story so much and have certain ideas of it s meaning in my mind that this story didn t play well with that.


  10. says:

    retelling unwriting of the metamorphosis in class we decided it wasa reading of kafka the idea than any of his stories, though the metamorphosis is obvs the strongest force here dunno very well written, some dazzling tricks, but ultimately not particularly affecting.

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