Fixed Limits: Excerpts from a Journal by Michael Savage

Fixed Limits: Excerpts from a Journal by Michael Savage

by John James O'Loughlin

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Fixed Limits: Excerpts from a Journal by Michael Savage by John James O'Loughlin

If John O'Loughlin's first novel 'Changing Worlds' betrays the influence (through souped-up interior monologue) of James Joyce on his early fiction, then the chief inspiration behind this fictional journal was undoubtedly Jean-Paul Sartre or, rather, Sartre's first novel 'Nausea', which made such a profound impression on him ... that, after several re-readings, he simply felt he had to attempt something similar - albeit within a necessarily different milieu and social setting. This was in the autumn of 1976, and the result was an account of some three weeks in the life of the very same character whom we first encountered as a disillusioned clerk in the earlier novel, but whose existence here, as a budding writer, is nothing short of a spiritual rebirth! Now that Michael Savage has become or, at any rate, is in the process of becoming his intellectual self ... we are led into an even more subjective world than that of his previous incarnation, with further opportunities for both autobiographical and philosophical speculation on his part. In fact, 'Fixed Limits' should be regarded as the sequel to 'Changing Worlds', without prior reference to which much of its subject-matter and settings would be difficult, if not impossible, to understand. This unusual novel was, for John O'Loughlin, the literary 'Black Hole' which led into a new universe of fictional writings thereafter, beyond the reach of his early mentors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499713480
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

John James O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split partly due to social and other incompatibilities, he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot and, following the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Graduating in 1970 with an assortment of CSE's (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCE's (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved the comparatively short distance up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and dedicated himself to writing, which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency in the late '80s and early '90s, he has continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982). From the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin dedicated himself exclusively to philosophy, his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical order, including Devil and God - The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), and Philosophical Truth (1991-2). John O'Loughlin lives in Crouch End, north London, England, UK.

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