Hallucinating Foucault

by Patricia Duncker | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1852425105 Global Overview for this book
Registered by platypussj of Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on 11/7/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Blurb on the back:-

"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."

Journal Entry 2 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sending to perfect-circle as part of a very special mission!

Sent today: May 23rd - Hurrah! ;)

Journal Entry 3 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Saturday, May 30, 2009
Arrived safely with me, thank you very much!

Journal Entry 4 by bcukuncon on Monday, June 29, 2009
This book is off to the Edinburgh Uncon as a surprise for someone's goody bag.

Journal Entry 5 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 03, 2009
Wow! This was a very special surprise!

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...

Journal Entry 6 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, August 23, 2009
What a fascinating little novel!

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.

Journal Entry 7 by Nell-Lu at Dovecot Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (5/23/2013 UTC) at Dovecot Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


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