Trawl

Trawl B.S. Johnson
  • Title: Trawl
  • Author: B.S. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781447200369
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trawl B.S. Johnson Trawl In his heyday during the s and early s B S Johnson was one of the best known novelists in Britain A passionate advocate for the avant garde in both literature and film he became famous for
    In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B S Johnson was one of the best known novelists in Britain A passionate advocate for the avant garde in both literature and film, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his unique ways of putting them into practice Reissued as standalone books for the first time in many years, theseIn his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B S Johnson was one of the best known novelists in Britain A passionate advocate for the avant garde in both literature and film, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his unique ways of putting them into practice Reissued as standalone books for the first time in many years, these are B S Johnson s most famous and critically acclaimed novels.
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    About B.S. Johnson


    1. B S Johnson Bryan Stanley Johnson was an English experimental novelist, poet, literary critic and film maker.Johnson was born into a working class family, was evacuated from London during World War II and left school at sixteen to work variously as an accounting clerk, bank junior and clerk at Standard Oil Company However, he taught himself Latin in the evenings, attended a year s pre university course at Birkbeck College, and with this preparation, managed to pass the university exam for King s College London.After he graduated with a 2 2, Johnson wrote a series of increasingly experimental and often acutely personal novels Travelling People 1963 and Albert Angelo 1964 were relatively conventional though the latter became famous for the cut through pages to enable the reader to skip forward , but The Unfortunates 1969 was published in a box with no binding readers could assemble the book any way they liked and House Mother Normal 1971 was written in purely chronological order such that the various characters thoughts and experiences would cross each other and become intertwined, not just page by page, but sentence by sentence Johnson also made numerous experimental films, published poetry, and wrote reviews, short stories and plays.A critically acclaimed film adaptation of the last of the novels published while he was alive, Christie Malry s Own Double Entry 1973 was released in 2000.At the age of 40, increasingly depressed by his failure to succeed commercially, and beset by family problems, Johnson committed suicide Johnson was largely unknown to the wider reading public at the time of his death, but has a growing cult following Jonathan Coe s 2004 biography Like a Fiery Elephant winner of the 2005 Samuel Johnson prize has already led to a renewal of interest in Johnson s work.


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    1. The narrator is a passenger a so called pleasuretripper on the trawler and the severe case of seasickness notorious mal de mer afflicted him to the state of physical incapability While they are hauling the ship wallows, and the motion is worse, I feel sickest at such points, when they are hauling but lying down helps I could not stand it on deck, my stomach feels as though it is trying to unseat itself, impel itself upwards, eject itself free of my shuddering body Sometimes I wonder what stops i [...]

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    2. The whole time I read this I heard in the background the Fine Young Cannibals song Don t Look Back Baby baby don t look backIt won t do no goodBecause it won t And it doesn t The whole book is presented as the narrator s meandering thoughts as he weaves a blasted trail down memory lane, poking, examining, putting under the microscope the daily minutia of his past lives The earliest scenes he relives are from his early 20s, fresh out of university There was enough here to keep me interested, but [...]

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    3. Johnson has a way of getting into the head of his main characters and explaining why the past experiences impact on their behaviour Our hero decides to go to sea for three weeks on a trawler, a journey described in detail, from leaving England and crossing the North Sea and ending off the coast of Russia The workings of the lives of the trawler men is also gone into, but most indepth is the hero s thoughts on his own isolation and what has caused it Johnson seems to have put a lot of thought int [...]

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    4. In his third novel, the experimental novelist a term he came to dislike , pursues relentlessly his mission to write truth rather than fiction Largely a roman clef, then, it differs in the starkness with which the author lays bare his own thought processes There is no attempt at all to show himself in a good light, a point he acknowledges just once in the book The narrator comes across, for instance, as pretty misogynistic and rather adolescent It is in this aspect that the novel is experimental [...]

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    5. BS Johnson was an experimental writer This book however is quite a conventional stream of consciousness A landlubber organises passage on a deep sea trawler to isolate himself so as to look deep inside himself as he regards his life to date Johnson undertook just such a trip for research for the character Unfortunately the character is racked by a terrible sea sickness which confines him to his bunk for much of the time, thus strengthening his isolation, but enabling him to do nothing but cast b [...]

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    6. This book is about a man on a ship a fishing boat, I think In between constant bouts of seasickness, he reminisces on his childhood and on all of his awkward sexual encounters The book contains very long passages where he jumps from one memory to another The style is interesting in that it resembles the way memory works, but it is also dry and difficult to follow It didn t help that the main character was passive and uninteresting None of the other characters really stuck out in my mind.Admitted [...]

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    7. Slow burner by Johnson standards patchy but ties together better than expected at the end The lengthy childhood reminiscence sections were rather dull I wonder how much of them were based on the author s own experience.

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    8. Not Johnson s best, as it starts out slow, but still, a fine read.

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