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Tlooth by Harry Mathews

Tlooth (1966)

by Harry Mathews

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Written in short chapters, the narrative of TLOOTH is awash with absurdist digressions and surreal imagery. Halfway through I was somewhat confused. By the end I was pleasantly bemused. All in all I enjoyed the author's limpid style and the many dreamlike happenings. The point of writings like this isn't necessarily the story, more the incidental side-stepping and strange instances that occur along the way, and this novel is loaded with such deviations - "play with games, puzzles, arcana, and stories within stories" as it says on the back cover. I'd define it as elegantly mind-boggling. A curious creation. ( )
  BlackGlove | Jan 20, 2018 |
Extremely hard to review, especially as I read in ms so long ago. I don't recall a word of it. But that's no reflection on Harry. It's a reflection on me. I was hiding in it at the time.
  StephenG | Jan 29, 2009 |
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