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Three decades after Torrance’s death, “All Work and No Play” is finally published

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From blurb.com

Jack Torrance’s first novel, finally published after his untimely death at the Overlook Hotel. Dramatized in the Stephen King book, “The Shining,” as well as the film by Stanley Kubrick. See the clip at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dit-7hu1jKg

“All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy is nothing short of a complete rethinking of what a novel can and should be. It’s true that, taken on its own, All Work is plotless. But like the best of Beckett, the lack of forward momentum is precisely the point. If it’s nearly impossible to read, let us take a moment to consider how difficult it must have been to write. One is forced to consider the author, heroically pitting himself against the Sisyphusean sentence. It’s that metatextual struggle of Man vs. Typewriter that gives this book its spellbinding power. Some will dismiss it as simplistic; that’s like dismissing a Pollack canvas as mere splatters of paint.”

Written by Richard Wilson

January 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

Posted in Postmodernism