by Thomas Bernhard
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Woodcutters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
manbooker1989 More than 1 year ago
Opinion is everything in literature, and Mr. Bernhard has got it down to a snarky snarl. What a wonderful use of the stream-of-consciousness in a manner that is rather inventive. The unnamed narrator is at a Vienna "artistic party" where he doesn't want to be, and all the while, he is reflecting and criticizing everything around him. The novel is about the death of a friend, the party of a hated (but loved) couple, and about an actor that has a stroke of genius, to the momentary delight of the narrator. The effortless shifting from the recent past to the present is very remarkable; never is the plot dubious or confusing. The best part is from page 60 to page 80, in which a funeral and a luncheon are described in vivacious and energetic sarcasm. Although the repetition is aggravating, it actually becomes almost hysterically tiring after a hundred repeats ("I thought as i sat in the wing chair"). A very poignant slandered of society, but also of humanities (especially the narrator's own) hypocrisy and prejudices.