The Unfortunates

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Pan Macmillan, 1969 - Cancer - 288 pages
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A sports journalist, sent to a Midlands town on a weekly assignment, finds himself confronted by ghosts from the past when he disembarks at the railway station. Memories of one of his best, most trusted friends, a tragically young victim of cancer, begin to flood through his mind as he attempts to go about the routine business of reporting a football match. B. S. Johnson's famous 'book in a box', in which the chapters are presented unbound, to be read in any order the reader chooses, is one of the key works of a novelist now undergoing an enormous revival of interest. It is a book of passionate honesty and dark, courageous humour: a meditation on death and a celebration of friendship which also offers a remarkably frank self-portrait of its author.

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User Review  - lriley - LibraryThing

B. S. Johnson's famous (or almost famous) book in a box. However one wants to look at that it's an unique idea and also at least IMHO attractive--but what's it all mean? --because in the end it all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Medellia - LibraryThing

I was excited when I saw that this book, something of a "lost work" from the '60s, was going to be re-published. This experimental novel has an open form--the 27 different sections are printed in the ... Read full review

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About the author (1969)

B. S. Johnson (1933-1973), an admirer of Joyce and Beckett, was a novelist whose works combine verbal inventiveness with typographical innovations. His works include Albert Angelo (1964), Trawl (1966), The Unfortunates (1969), House Mother Normal (1971) and Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry (1973).

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