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Avant garde collection of observances and commentary on artists, musicians and their ilk interspersed with diary entries. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Adjunct , please sign up. See 1 question about Adjunct…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
Start your review of Adjunct: An Undigest. Jul 17, Tera Marie rated it did not like it. While some may love this type of poetry. I could not stand any of it. It is bits and pieces of verbiage thrown together to make an unintelligible, nonsequential babbling of thought. If you are concrete-sequential like me, skip it. While the author is taking segments of conversations and news around him to create these poems, it makes absolutely no sense to the reader. I suppose someone more intellectual than I will find some redeeming value, but I am only glad to have completed this book and to While some may love this type of poetry.
I suppose someone more intellectual than I will find some redeeming value, but I am only glad to have completed this book and to never glance back. Aug 01, Ellinor rated it did not like it Shelves: books , books This is probably the strangest entry to the list. I have no idea what the book is supposed to be about, let alone why it is on the list! View all 3 comments.
Jan 01, M rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. Recommended to M by: books to read before you die. Shelves: books-to-read. I hated this book. It is a jumble of unconnected sentences. The back cover said it was "a compost of found and appropriated language stirred by a random number table. Any one can enter a bunch of unconnected sentences or thoughts and have a computer program mix it. This is not a novel or a book. I cannot believe this is on the books to read before you die list.
Jul 22, Maartje rated it did not like it. That's all I have to say about this one. Feb 02, Amerynth rated it did not like it Shelves: books , poetry , read I have never spent so long searching for a copy of something I knew I would absolutely hate.
I have no idea why it is on the list. This read like a list of poem or story ideas or the ramblings of a person having a mental break. I got nothing out of it, other than a check mark. Dec 19, B rated it did not like it. What would happen if you wrote everything you thought, saw, felt or experienced as it happened.
You too would have a nonsensical book of random sentences and words to sell. Why this is a must read selection in a the must read books is beyond me. Dec 11, Kim Dodson rated it did not like it. I'm thinking that it was April Fools' Day and the editors of Books needed just one more title to complete their list. They said, "Let's see if readers fall for this one. This book was not worth the effort it took to get my hands on it; nor, the time taken to turn a few of its pages.
I'm so glad I didn't spend money on it. Jan 05, Jo rated it it was amazing. One of the great things about Adjunct is that there is this kind of faint underlying presence, a bit like distant music or some neighbours arguing behind a wall, and sometimes when you're straining after it you discover you have these weird aptitudes you didn't know about and have difficulty naming.
Walking around after having read Adjunct for a bit can feel like walking around after having spent too long in a gallery. You keep spotting things and hearing things as though they were sentences in One of the great things about Adjunct is that there is this kind of faint underlying presence, a bit like distant music or some neighbours arguing behind a wall, and sometimes when you're straining after it you discover you have these weird aptitudes you didn't know about and have difficulty naming.
You keep spotting things and hearing things as though they were sentences in Adjunct. It gradually fades so I don't think the book is ultimately dangerous or for that matter beneficial. While it lasts, though, sometimes you start seeing the funny side of things in a way that is so delicate and slight it implies they must have many, many more sides to them than the ones you saw before plus this new funny side , a bit like the little crystalline dice they use in RPGs.
I don't think Adjunct is a difficult book because I think it lets you know it's alright to read it in any way you like. Reading every bit, start to finish, is one way. Lots of people will probably sort of browse it like a magazine they never quite throw away for some reason. But for readers who do find it difficult, two tips would be: a try to think of every statement as something that was already there, which the book has just sort of pointed out to you, sort of as a joke; b as a default, let each statement exist by itself, as if it wasn't in a book, but written in the centre of an otherwise blank page.
But sometimes play around sometimes with letting the statements interact with the statements beside them or near them. Hopefully it's on that cloud and everything now. Feb 15, Jamie rated it it was ok Shelves: books. Such is the age of endless, instantaneous information. And the waste that comes from its indiscriminate consumption was all I could think about as I read these pages of discombobulation. The anecdotes and half-phrases that pelt the reader throughout the book are at turns hilarious, disgusting, and bizarre.
But these gems fade into the din of context-less reading as it becomes increasingly difficult to do any more than recognize the string of words on the page.
Or is it a series of barely-connected anecdotes and random thoughts? Sonny Bono is dead. Private Finance Sludge Disposal Schemes. Policeman Killed in Abortion. Sep 11, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: list-books. The way I approach the booklist is to be as naive as possible - I don't read up on a book before picking it up, and so I sometimes end up feeling a little unprepared. This was a really interesting way to read Adjunct, as it read like the musings of a bright chap with some serious mental health issues - a splash of depression, perhaps with a little hallucination on the side.
He wants a job, but he's screwed up multiple attempts, and meanwhile his brain is crowded with equations, Scottish indie ba The way I approach the booklist is to be as naive as possible - I don't read up on a book before picking it up, and so I sometimes end up feeling a little unprepared.
He wants a job, but he's screwed up multiple attempts, and meanwhile his brain is crowded with equations, Scottish indie bands, and the deaths of famous people. Turns out the whole thing is significantly more random than that. Adjunct is a novel of found fragments assigned randomly to a page, crafted into a novel without reason or drive. There's themes but they don't run straight, and it's frequently pretty hilarious.
You can read so much into it, only to find there's no rhyme or reason to any of it. And I'm pretty sure it's the only book on the list that will reference Mogwai, who still, apparently, aren't loud enough.
Sulks, mosaics and misprints
Two fine collections of poetry this year seemed particularly timely in their age-old subject matter. A seven-year creation, it manically folds together rueful diary entries, irreverent comments on artists, writers and musicians, gleeful misprints, and all sorts of found and heard material. Undigested in appearance, but regurgitated in combinations either crafted or mathematically determined, the consistent hilarity of its relentless, deadpan juxtapositions has inescapably serious implications too. Two other Scottish poets also produced interesting books. Among the pleasures here is a frenetic and wickedly ironic interior monologue - painfully amusing, penetrating and acutely observed. The latter is a mixture of tight, punning lyrics, translations and pastiches, prose poetry, graphic art, literary excavations and other forms - an abundant and challenging gathering of his work since , in a beautifully designed large paperback.
Adjunct: an Undigest, by Peter Manson