Jude in London

Jude in London Jude is a penniless Irish orphan fighting blizzards bankers and the laws of physics as he walks the length of England He has not one but two Quests to find his True Love last glimpsed in the hairy

  • Title: Jude in London
  • Author: Julian Gough
  • ISBN: 9781905847839
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jude is a penniless Irish orphan, fighting blizzards, bankers and the laws of physics as he walks the length of England He has not one, but two Quests to find his True Love last glimpsed in the hairy clutches of a monkey and to uncover the Secret of his Origins.Within hours of arriving in London, Jude has floored the monkey, won the Turner Prize, battled The Thing,Jude is a penniless Irish orphan, fighting blizzards, bankers and the laws of physics as he walks the length of England He has not one, but two Quests to find his True Love last glimpsed in the hairy clutches of a monkey and to uncover the Secret of his Origins.Within hours of arriving in London, Jude has floored the monkey, won the Turner Prize, battled The Thing, and killed the Poet Laureate Before the day is out he will be seduced, shot at, kidnapped, and forced to discuss literature with a crowd of Guinness guzzling authors.But can he fulfill his destiny in the labyrinth of the city, with its ten million temptations

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    1. This week’s headline? Love's a puzzlerWhy this book? not the bookerWhich book format? trust edition - KindlePrimary reading environment? took too longAny preconceived notions? not a novelistIdentify most with? "fuck the universe"Three little words? “free, authentic, unselfconcious”Goes well with? olive oil, rabbitRecommend this to? provincial, buffoonish charlatansI've long had a theory that culture only exists because life is a zero sum game. Since we all can't have everything we've ever [...]

    2. I picked this book up in the library and after the first couple of chapters I decided it was going to be rather like spending a pleasant evening in the pub. So I thought I might as well make a night of it, perhaps even go clubbing afterwards, and that was that. I finished the thing round about 4am.There were definitely moments during that night when someone - I think it was Jude the narrator - had a few too many and suffered various lapses of political correctness and bouts of Too-Much-Informati [...]

    3. Mr. Gough has one hell of an imagination. Through out this book i found myself shaking my head and wondering what the hell was going on. He creates some absolutely wonderful situations and does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the wacky world of Jude, and a wacky world it is. Interesting read from an author with a unique writing style.This one is rather strange and something tells me I missed some of the humor. There is a fair bit of irony that I understood and appreciated, but there [...]

    4. The first few paragraphs of JUDE IN LONDON took me right back to my college days, racing through 900 pages of TOM JONES for British lit class. And then I was perfectly oriented to savour this deliciously silly and deceptively clever book that translates Fielding's satiric voice to the foibles of Irish and English politics, modern world economics, quantum physics, and literature. I love the mix of absurdity (a suit woven by piano strings), inventiveness (the leveraged brick wall), and philosophy. [...]

    5. I read this in two days, it was just so much fun. i haven't enjoyed reading a book so much in a long time. Barmy surreal antic lunacy, you never know where he's going, you just need to give in and enjoy the rided that's not even mentioning the whip smart seemingly throwaway chunks of wisdom and philosophy, the deconstruction of the financial bubble, the perfect ending just brilliant. The whole thing is worth it if only for the description of Jude taking a dump in Regents Park, a Joyce spoof that [...]

    6. Utterly bonkers. Once you accept that anything can happen, it's enjoyable and consistent. However, there are jarring, tasteless episodes towards the end that taint the rest of the book. PS: this is the second part but as the author points out (with a brief summary) it is not necessary to have read the first.

    7. Jude in London is a modern picaresque novel, is how I'd describe it. It's really funny (and very, very clever) in parts, but some parts are incomprehensible but overall it's a good read. My favourite bit was the Irish financiers building a wall - or trying to - by leveraging one brick into 100 imaginary bricks. One efficiently built wall - in theory!

    8. I rarely give up on a book - but I did on this one.While I liked the initial zaniness and the mad stories, it got too much and I gave up after 150 pages.However if you like whacky humour, a jibe at everything - especially current Irish politics - give it a try.

    9. Quite a tour de force. At times very amusing, although some of the puns or references appear a little forced. Irish humour of a high level and Julian Gough is a unique talent.Somewhat of a Road book in that Jude has a dual quest - to find his true love and to discover the truth about his birth and ancestry. The book also provides a background of recent Irish history, including the economic problems of the Celtic Tiger.

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