4 journalers for this copy...
"It is a gripping tale of a mad writer, the glamourous, scandalous Paul Michel, enfant terrible of French letters and the reader who sets out to find him. ...
Passionate and controversial, Hallucinating Foucault crosses the frontiers of gender and sexuality, explores the limits of madness and desire and affirms the boundless loyalty of a reader's love - it is a remarkable book that goes to the very heart of the creative act."
Sent today: May 23rd - Hurrah! ;)
Many thanks perfect-circle and the rest of the BCUK UnCon team for this goodie bag wishlist RABCK (and for the rest of the goodies in the goodie bag!). And, special thanks to platypussj for sharing the book.
I'm looking forward to reading it...
I enjoyed this on a couple of levels - as a love story (somewhat complex) between "the Germanist" and the unnamed narrator, the narrator and Paul Michel, the Germanist and Paul Michel, and Paul Michel and Foucault; and, as a result, as a story about the love between reader and writer, the impact of reading on the reader's life. I haven't read Foucault, so I suspect I missed a third level in which Paul Michel's writing and letters, as described and transcribed, responded to Foucault's work.
It's a complicated book, a multi-layered twisting story that blends fiction and reality (both "real" reality and fictional reality, as opposed to fictional fiction) until neither reader nor characters are sure which is which. It's also - amazingly - a great read. It's tautly plotted and fast-moving and the prose is sparing and elegant. It's not the over-intellectualised slog the title led me to dread.
Thanks again, everyone, for sharing this book. I will decide how it should continue its BookCrossing journey soon.
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