A History of Books
This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now-forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane's habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief. A HISTORY OF BOOKS is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stillatim - LibraryThing
I've put off reviewing this for too long, and now my thoughts are all disorganized. But suffice to say, my gut instinct was: not as good as Barley Patch, not as good as A Million Windows, still better ... Read full review
A History of BooksUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
A History of Books is in many ways a continuation of the musings of Gerald Murnane's 2009 book Barley Patch. It's a safe prediction that A History of Books will be unlike any other book published in ... Read full review