Textermination In her latest novel Textermination the eminent British novelist critic Christine Brooke Rose pulls a wide array of characters out of the great works of literature and drops them into the middle of t

  • Title: Textermination
  • Author: Christine Brooke-Rose
  • ISBN: 9781857542943
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her latest novel, Textermination, the eminent British novelist critic Christine Brooke Rose pulls a wide array of characters out of the great works of literature and drops them into the middle of the San Francisco Hilton Emma Bovary, Emma Woodhouse, Captain Ahab, Odysseus, Huck Finn all are gathered for the Annual Convention of Prayer for Being, to meet, to discuss,In her latest novel, Textermination, the eminent British novelist critic Christine Brooke Rose pulls a wide array of characters out of the great works of literature and drops them into the middle of the San Francisco Hilton Emma Bovary, Emma Woodhouse, Captain Ahab, Odysseus, Huck Finn all are gathered for the Annual Convention of Prayer for Being, to meet, to discuss, to pray for their continued existence in the mind of the modern reader But what begins as a grand enterprise erupts into total pandemonium with characters from different times, places, and genres all battling for respect and asserting their own hard won fame and reputations Dealing with such topical literary issues as deconstruction, multiculturalism, and the Salman Rushdie affair, this wild and humorous satire pokes fun at the academy and ultimately brings into question the value of determining a literary canon at all.

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    1. Just as Magritte’s pipe looks like the perfect pipe, Textermination reads like the perfect novel. It has a cast of famous characters, a series of interesting narrators, recognisable locations, a certain amount of humour and a plot of sorts. But nevertheless, it is not a novel. It is rather the very clever image of a novel inside of which lies a thought provoking essay on literary theory, and more specifically on readers and the texts they read and how the two interrelate. In my reading of this [...]

    2. FINAL ATTEMPT AT A REVIEWOnly God interprets. We exist only because God thinks of us. If God would, no, should efface Himself for one brief moment, the whole Universe, its past and all its futures would be effaced too.Do not take the above literally, as has been rightly pointed out by an excellent ' reviewer. This statement is not what it appears to be. It is one of the wonderful thoughts of Christine Brooke-Rose. I do not want to give readers the wrong impression here!That opening sentence is p [...]

    3. If you are reading this right now I'm not shattering your world to tell you that somewhere between 50-100 years from now your story, like mine, will most likely fade to oblivion. If you have children, grand children, great-grand children, the memories and stories about you and me will ultimately become things of family mythology - if they exist at all. But at some point, very soon, we will cease to exist all together.What of the characters of fiction? Beloved Dickensian rapscallions, Melville ha [...]

    4. “It is said that books have no life. But who has ever proved the insensibility of the inorganic world? Who knows if a book doesn’t also aspire, in a strange way we cannot apprehend, to the company of other books in the society of which it has lived for a long time? We call them dead matter. But what is dead has lived. Books are more important than animals, more important than human beings.” - Christine Brooke-Rose, TexterminationThis is a fantastic book once you know what’s going on. I w [...]

    5. This blissful, richly comic, almost unbearably clever and original novel establishes Christine Brooke-Rose in my mind as the most overlooked and indispensable postmodernist superbrain of the last six decades. A bookworm’s wet dream, pasticheur’s paradise, and candidate for the definitive ur-text of the BURIED Book Club, Textermination collects all fictional characters inked on parchment together at a Conference where they debate their longevity as characters in the age of readerly indifferen [...]

    6. are standing in front of the bass top, around its sides, and leaning against the wall behind it, a muttley crewe of pee and pull. Summer clumped conversationally to tether, laffing nervously, Zigarettenasche flying from al momento awkward arm movimenti, vile others stare moodily, at the ground, at the skype, anywhere but each other. A few tap their ped impatiens, cheek their horologues, phlip open their pfones and thumpb txt massages or PhasePage (NASDAQ 23.83 -0.05%) givz and oucHTee ML (not th [...]

    7. Christine Brooke-Rose is patron saint of The BURIED Book Club. Not only is she herself BURIED, but this novel of hers functions as manifesto for the revivification of literary corpses, a revivification we Readers are responsible to perform in answer to the Prayers for Being offered up by those whose existence is threatened by oblivion. There is indeed something at stake in our reading; we are responsible as only a god can be responsible, to hold within our hands the possibility that these charac [...]

    8. DJ Ian's "Tell Me What You Really Think" If there could possibly be a book that exults over its own fictitiousness and extravagant overtotalisation, it had better be this one or I want my money back.The Violation of a ConventionI, your Author, created you, my characters, in accordance with Literary Convention, only for you to think that a Literary Convention was something you could attend, disrupt and manipulate to achieve your own ends. Your one desire was to prove your existence, your identity [...]

    9. I discovered this entirely through and it mostly seems to have been read by friends on GR. I think that shows how important this sort of site is and is slightly ironic given the subject of the novel.This is a comedic satire that pokes fun at literary criticism. A large number of characters form literature congregate together in a Californian hotel for a conference/gathering. They meet to pray for their continued existence in the mind of the readers and therefore for their own existence. The lis [...]

    10. Christene Brooke-Rose takes us on an ebullient, romp as she invites us into a literary convention. The convention, held at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel, is attended by literary, historical, and film characters of the past. These conventions have been held in San Francisco before but have been thought of as kooky by the general population.Inside the hotel we walk among Goethe and Lotte, Austen's Emma and Emma Bovary, Dickens and David Copperfield, stretching on and through, Eliot, Pynchon, Roth [...]

    11. I absolutely LOVED this book! It's an allegory for the power readers have over the survival of books. Books that are not read cease to exist . . . as do their characters. In Textermination, these characters are real, and come together at a convention in a hotel in San Francisco to attempt to prolong their lives. The reader is their god, with the power of life and death over them. I readily admit, I was not familiar with all of the characters at the convention. It was so amazing to see the ones I [...]

    12. It isn't right, you know. Youknowit simply isn't right that authors like Albert Vigoleis Thelen and Christine Brooke-Rose (I could add many others) vanish under the surging seas ofDreckgenerated by authors who need not be named (indeed, no longer may be named in the Brave New World of GRamazon) - they know who they are, anyway; deep down, they known't they?Brooke-Rose chose to strongly limit the potential readership of this book in three important ways. First, the characters of her book are all [...]

    13. This book is simultaneously(1) A fun gigantic literary crossover fanfic that puts every character from canonical or quasi-canonical literature in one building in present-day San Francisco, and(2) a satire about various aspects of literary criticism, particularly those related to canon formationI liked (1) but not (2) and was unsure how the two were meant to jibe with one another.I think any sensible thinking about literary canons has to acknowledge what Franco Moretti points out in this passage [...]

    14. Your instructions are simple: 1. Go to your local bookstore/online retailer; 2. Order this book; 3. Wait for it to arrive (the hard part); 4. Upon arrival, place any other reading material to one side, and begin this instead; and5. Fall in love. You will, I promise you, be thankful you did.

    15. For this reader, it is as difficult to enjoy the total neglect of narrative conventions as it is the strict adherence of such. For this reader, the literalising of the term "literary conventions" has just dawned.(view spoiler)[At a certain point in my life I decided to read this book and review it on this website. The copy that I ordered, second-hand, came with a light dusting of mold. i became convinced that it was slowly poisoning me and that this do-good-reading website and this author's voca [...]

    16. Unless I’m missing something this is a frivolous, bubbly entertainment written by a (possibly) master craftsperson evidently at full speed. It’s fun, it flows, there’s some neat turns of phrase (the precision of the language is, at times, arresting) but the whole, though its dramatic climax suggests otherwise, is far from worldshaking. Early on, when “Colombo as Peter Falk” hit the scene, when it still seemed there might be some detective-style excavation of what it means to be for the [...]

    17. This is totally LIT-PORN! That said, if you are a reader, why wouldn't you read this? A highly enjoyable romp. If anybody was watching me as I read this on my porch yesterday, they would've been puzzled by the permanent smile plastered on my face. Yes it's meta- and literary but above all it's FUN! Just make sure you don't stop after chapter one, which is a little tough have some faith, it will all make sense very soon

    18. The first chapter of this book is a goddamn literary assault. The following characters all appear (either in actuality or by reference): Emma, Mr. Elton, Mr. Knightley, Harriet Smith (Emma, Jane Austen), Goethe, Charlotte Kestner (Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns, Thomas Mann), Emma Bovary, Leon (Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert), Lucien (Lost Illusions, Honoré de Balzac), Bessian Vorpsi (Broken April, Ismail Kadaré), Boule de Suif (Boule de Suif, Guy de Maupassant), Sir and Lady Leicester [...]

    19. 4.25/5 - I really enjoyed Textermination, but it didn't go where I really wished it did. CB-R's prose come back to form after the dip in Xorandor and Verbivore, but not quite to the prior heights. Amalgamemnon is easily the best work in the tetralogy.

    20. In which CB-R draws down the curtain on the pantomime of academic postmodernism in Eng.Lit. in the 80s except it carried on anyway in to the 90s. But never mind. This is in the same parodic vein of "Thru", but archly putting itself in question once again. A scholarly conference on literature has been organised in San Francisco, and characters from the ages of fiction are in attendence, along with the tenured critics who pose as their "Interpreters" - who are of course fictions from this novel. C [...]

    21. A brilliantly told meta story about classic literary characters in a conference in SF. They discuss, as you might imagine, the problem of the death of the text, the death of reading. Much like Moore's "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" you must have read all the greats (international authors included) to get all of her jokes and jabs. A much needed female voice from a pocket of predominantly male authorship in what is (at least still academically) considered a predominantly male style.

    22. 3.5 It begun with an ingenious idea. A critique of literature within an unraveling tale of unconventional literature. The vessel, quite interesting. The carriage of this message is quite unique. Christine Brooke-Rose begs the question of how deep we should delve into the characters which many of us are seemingly quite acquainted with already. Those we have been forced to read in grade school. Those of the canon. & those now relegated to obscurity. Acquainted being the key word here. These ch [...]

    23. очень своевременная и актуальная книга - вышла в 91-м, но остроты не потеряла, потому что в восприятии литературы и в методах и навыках чтения ничего не улучшилось, все стало лишь нагляднее и хуже. удивительным образом, более-менее полную ознакомительную инфу про Кристину Бр [...]

    24. accidentally dropped this review: by memory, all i can say is that this is serious, literate, fun. a sort of extended joke/rumination about a literary conference attended by various literary characters who must make appeals that they still 'live' in at least a few readers' interests or do they just fade away? good fun, intimidating lit knowledge lightly held, it helps that you have read a. lot. know your postmodernism

    25. It's extremely clever and I felt smart when I understood the literary references and puns. A lot of dialogue is written in foreign languages, which heavily taxed my mediocre French, poor Spanish, and atrocious German. The meta is very meta. The obscure is very obscure.

    26. A rollicking riot of a ride of a novel which folds in on itself and then in on the entire concept of literature. Brooke-Rose's meta-tale can be taken as both commentary on 'the canon' and a prescient manifesto for those who devote a good chunk of their reading careers to getting dustyfingered trying to unearth books which have escaped the collective literary consciousness.

    27. The idea was very imaginative and held a lot of promise. It started out good enough, but somewhere around the middle it all went downhill for me. It was as if the author didn't know how to continue. The first half of the book was pretty good, the second half not so much.

    28. Don't ever read, was bad, really, really bad! If it were not assigned in my lit class I would have never finished it at all.

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