کتاب گنگ محل

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می‌گویند هر شخصی به زبان مادری‌اش فکر می‌کند. سؤال اینجاست که لال مادرزاد به چه زبانی فکر می‌کند؟
مطابق با افسانه، اکبرشاه گورکانی فرمان داد کاخی در بیابانی دورافتاده بسازند. وی دوازده نوزاد را از سرتاسر امپراتوری جمع‌آوری کرده، در آن کاخ قرار داد و پرستاری از آن‌ها را به خدمتکارانی خاموش محول کرد، تا از این طریق به پرسش دیرینه‌ی انسان در باب زبان تکلم پاسخ دهد: زبان تکلم فطریست یا اکتسابی؟
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• To bardzo brutalna, nienormalna i dziwna historia, ale jednocześnie jest w niej coś pięknego.

• Burnside ma niesamowitą zdolność do pokazywania piękna w brzydocie i brzydoty w pięknie. Zresztą często nawet to, co okrutne może być dla czytelnika interesujące - aż zaczynamy się zastanawiać czy sami nie jesteśmy psychopatami.

• Język Burnsidea i jego płynność w prowadzeniu całej akcji jest nie do porównania z niczym innym. Tę książkę dosłownie się połyka, nawet nie wiedząc kiedy jest się u jej końca.

• Jeden z najważniejszych i najlepszych aspektów tej książki to według mnie badanie psychiki głównego bohatera. Mamy do czynienia z osobą, która ma naprawdę pomieszane w głowie, zaburzoną hierarchię wartości i dziwne pasje, które dla każdego człowieka wydają się nienaturalne i brutalne. To nie jest bohater, którego pokochamy, ale którego się boimy. Jednocześnie tak bardzo ciekawie jest czytać książkę z jego punktu widzenia, obserwując jego postępującą obsesję i pewnego rodzaju szaleństwo.

• I oczywiście uwielbiam Burnsidea za rozważania na temat lingwistyki i moralności.

• Ale to nie jest historia dla wszystkich - trzeba mieć naprawdę mocne nerwy i być przygotowanym na tę dozę okrucieństwa, którą otrzymamy. Jednak zdecydowanie warto ją przeczytać.

Chyba nie ma rzeczy, której bym nie kochała w tej książce.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
4.5 stars.

After futher consideration, I have raised my review of The Dumb House from 4 to 4.5 stars because... well it was very very good. I had previously never heard of John Burnside, but then I saw Jen Campbell gush about it on her channel, and I had to immediately pick it up and read it as soon as possible.

This novel follows the narrator, Luke, who as a child was told the story of The Dumb House by his mother. In this story, Akbar the Great filled a palace with newborn children, attended to only by mutes, in order to to learn whether language was innate or acquired. Of course the children never learned to speak, but Lukes obsession with this idea leads him to carry out his own experiment, creating his own dumb house in later life.

As a narrator, Luke was incredibly unreliable. His name is barely mentioned throughout the book, so when it did crop up now and again I was always surprised to realise that I hadnt known it already. This gives him a certain faceless quality - he is a blank canvas to the reader, someone we can neither picture nor imagine is real. All we know are his thoughts, which are at times movingly aware, and at other times completely deranged. Lukes thoughts and narrative are communicated in a very cold and distant manner - I wouldnt go as far as to say they were clinical, because he does express desire and emotion at different points, but his nature towards people and towards his own actions and his own reasoning can only be described as almost analytical. He carries out horrific deeds, and his relationships to people are bizarre and twisted. He is completely unlikeable, and completely inpenetrable, and I loved that about this book.

The story is told in three very succinct parts, and we are introduced to a number of characters throughout, although what we see is ultimately controlled by Luke. The other male characters are few and far between, and painted as either animalistic or weak. Lukes relationship with the women in this novel are gone into in a lot more detail, and his relationships at times hinted at a very strong Oedipus complex. He took pleasure in caring for them, but in a way that came across less like caring and loving, and more controlling - every encounter with a woman seemed moulded to what he wanted them to be in relation to him, and what he desired from them.

Overall, I thought this was a fascinating book. The more I think about it, the more little points come up in my mind. Its an excellent talking point, and one that after finishing I immediately wanted to pick up again. I feel like I may have enjoyed it even more if my reading experience hadnt been so disjointed - I read it over the course of around 4 days on and off. When I re-read it, Ill do my best to read it in as few sittings as possible, so I can properly immerse myself in the horrible and fantastic world that John Burnside has created.

And as Jen said, this book does indeed reek of both Lolita, Poor Things, and Perfume vibes - which can only be a good thing in my opinion.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Flinchingly horrifying. This is not really a novel about an experiment gone wrong while on the search for the essence of life, but of a person (possibly a sociopath) with an Oedipus complex who cant separate power from death from childhood from sex from decay from love. The Norman Bates-ish main character is a narcissist and being in his head is so incredibly disturbing--not only because he does some abhorrent things, but because its easy to be fused to him, to almost become him, while reading. I loved it!

مشاهده لینک اصلی
This book was nothing like what I thought it would, and for that reason, it disappointed me.

I believed this novel was going to be a creepy, man-holds-children-captive kind of story, but unfortunately it wasn’t. This was far more intelligent, with lots of complex writing than I had expected, and due to that, I couldn’t really get into it. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed so I feel like a lot of this book went over my head.

There’s no doubt about it, our narrator is one of the most terrifying and disturbed narrators I’ve ever come across, and thanks to my love for the macabre, this made reading his story sometimes enjoyable. When he was simply recalling his actions in the here and now, I was interested, but when he got into his ramblings about his ideas on testing the innateness of language, my mind moved onto different things. Hence it taking me almost a week and a half to read 204 pages.

Burnside is an incredibly beautiful writer, it doesn’t surprise me to see he’s a poetry writer as well as a fiction writer. I’m always one to praise an author for their poetic prose, but sometimes things get a little too complex for me and all meaning is lost on me. This happened a lot throughout reading The Dumb House.

In terms of the story, this wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it would be. It was very slow to get anywhere, and even when we did get to learning his experiment on his children, that whole section was equally slow-moving. It didn’t feel like an awful lot happened other than several uncomfortable sex scenes and some horrifying violence.

Unfortunately, this one didn’t do it for me, which is a shame, because I was so looking forward to reading it. I suppose if you love intelligent fiction that is reasonably ambiguous, this might be great for you. I personally like a book that challenges my mind, but this one went too far for me.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Jezivo, uznemirujuće, mračno, fascinantno i savršeno napisano! 5++

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