Bookkake

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

—Groucho Marx

The Handmaid´s Tale - Margaret Atwood

I was always finding excuses not to read the Handmaid´s Tale, not because i had anything against it but just the idea of best sellers sometimes turns me off. But in this case i think i should have gave this novel more credit a long time ago…

Atwood´s novel is set in a dystopian future where a Christian theological dictatorship has been stablished and were pregnancy is almost impossible to achieve due to pollution and toxic chemicals. Society has been divided into casts and anything that isn´t male, caucasian and christian would basically become an inferior species (no science fiction there i guess…)

The book, published in the 80´s, is a clear echo of the 60´s - 70´s generation that fought for racial and gender equality, only to be pushed back by the decade´s conservative political period. 

My Secret Life - Anonymous

Sometimes authored by anonymous other times by Walter, no one knows for sure the true identity of this massive 4.000+ pages of victorian erotic deviants. 

Our author, or protagonist, goes about his many adventures through the streets of London and the many characters that cross his way. Especially, prostitutes and madame´s from all types and forms.

The relevancy of the text doesn´t lie on the proficiency of its prose, but rather on the extended amount of details that it goes to describe an era better known for its conservatism. 

Secret Rendezvous - Kobo Abe

Sometimes described as the japanese Kafka, Kobo Abe´s novels tent to dwell into a fantasy world that flirts with the surreal and have a strong social commentary behind it.

Rendezvous is the story about a man who´s frantically looking for his wife, after an ambulance picked her up from their house one night and nobody at the hospital saw her leave. After discovering that the hospital is in fact a huge underground network, that includes a whole town, our character is introduced to a horse-man who´s experimenting on patients and trying to get a surgically attached penis… and then things just get weird after that.

Remix - Lawrence Lessig

At first I wasn´t sure about posting this book as it doesn´t have much to do with my other reviews, but then I realized that the very bases of Tumblr are set for being a showcase to the remix culture.

In this book, as well as in his other body of work, Lessig tries to explain his thesis of how the current model of copyright is highly outdated and is being more harmful than beneficiary to culture creation.

The original ideas that inspire the protection of authors and the stimulation of common good, has been sidetracked and reinterpreted to benefit a certain part of the industry yet greatly overlooking the consumers of those mediums. Something that derives in what is today a common staple… kids being treated as criminal for sharing media. 

Complete Plays (anthology) - Sarah Kane

I don´t normally post plays, but  felt that Sarah Kane has to be an exception. 

Dealing with subjects such as psychological torture, desire, existence and death, Kane´s plays where often controversial and intense, but must importantly they would break away from the naturalistic forms of theatre and be presented in a transgressive scenario 

Works like Blasted, Crave and 4.48 psychosis made the young play-writer a renowned  figure in the underground London theatre scene. Yet, depression got the best of her and she would sadly end her life too soon, at the age of 29. 

Là-Bas - J.K. Huysmans

Considered a semi-autobiographical novel, The Damned was written during the fin de sicle in Paris, where we follow Durtal a nihilistic writer currently working on the biography of Gilles de Rais, infamous 15th century serial killer, rapist and once a companion of Jean of Arc.

Rais satanic rituals, drive Durtal to investigate the current status of satanism in contemporary Paris. What begins with great distrust, soon becomes a full first hand experience of the occult after he starts an affair with the enigmatic Madame Chantelouve. 

strandbooks:

Okay, these are a bit much… but I kind of like the Faulkner one. Or maybe I just like Faulkner. Hard to say.
What’s your best literary pick-up line?

strandbooks:

Okay, these are a bit much… but I kind of like the Faulkner one. Or maybe I just like Faulkner. Hard to say.

What’s your best literary pick-up line?

(Source: beeslut)

Tank Girl - Hewlett & Martin

The most infamous australian tank-driving punk girl (are there that many?) and  her collection of surreal adventures in the post apocalyptical outback. Accompanied by her kangaroo boyfriend and occasional friends, Tank Girl was born within the british fanzine scene of the late 80´s and heavily influenced by pop culture and punk. The vignettes and narrations where often disorganized and chaotic, but that just gave the comic a more noticeable style. 

The comic later was made famous by the tragic and horrible film adaptation of 1995, something that Hewlett & Martin always regretted. Tho i must admit that my inner 12-year-old will always be in love with Lory Petty in that role. 

Lamb - Christopher Moore

For some reason is hard to come across literature that handles humor with such talent; sure there are some funny books out there but mostly they’ll be autobiographies, compilations or satires. Yet, in fiction, the body of works that can be labeled as comedy and still make it to any ¨best books¨ list is no more than a handful.

Lamb is as funny as it is sacrilegious, so it holds a special place for me. The story addresses the gospel according to Biff, Jesus childhood pal and wingman that has a predilection to get into fights and spend money on prostitutes. Their mission is to make a long trip searching for the Three Wise Man that witnessed Jesus birth years ago so they can teach him how to be a messiah.