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Jerusalem von Alan Moore
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Jerusalem (2016. Auflage)

von Alan Moore (Autor)

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"In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake's eternal holy city."--… (mehr)
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It's becoming a personal tradition to undertake a winter brick challenge. Around the time of the shortest days I'll try and distract myself and semi-hibernate with a book that's either very long or otherwise forbidding by it's reputation.
This one fulfilled these requirements: it's very long and complex. The first third is many short views from individual lives lived in Northampton at different times. There's a connection with William Blake, Jerusalem and Angels but this only becomes clear (er) in the second third. Some other readers on this site didn't make it this far, but the vision and philosophy makes it worth it.
There are some emotional story pay-offs in the end of the last third but by that time they're a bit of an anti-climax. Alan Moore, the author of "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" graphic novels is to be applauded for his ambition, but he would have benefitted from a fiercer editor.
Ground-hog day is over, now onward to lighter days. ( )
  Phil-James | Oct 1, 2021 |
Part 1 was excellent.
Part 2 was an interminable slog.
Part 3 didn’t get read because of part 2.

I’d happily read part 1 again though. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
What a dazzling book, a huge feat of imagination and complexity and I suppose humanism that mostly kept me really engaged. I can't help thinking that it may be one of the bigger literary achievements that'll be published in my lifetime, though I say that in the immediate aftermath of having finished it and without any real critical distance, so maybe it's just the "whew am I glad I've got that one under my belt" buzz talking. It's definitely not for everybody -- see for example the 45-page chapter of what seems like (but isn't) near-gibberish, which really challenged me (and which was equal parts frustrating and genius). It's a long book (nearly 1300 pages) and not a typical narrative by a long stretch. It really is a beautifully made thing, though, and for me was very much worth the time and effort I put into it, but your mileage very likely varies. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3460290.html

I have not been to Northampton since 1985, when I worked for two months on an archæology site in nearby Raunds. It did not seem to me a strong candidate for hosting a complex mythic geography. However I'm very sympathetic to exploring the dinnseanchas of a particular place - Bryan Talbot has done it for Sunderland, Ciaran Carson for Belfast. The three books have differing formats: the first is a sequence of purely historical vignettes, most connected to the characters who will appear later; the second is a connected narative about one boy's adventures in the afterlife, very much tied to the streets of the town as they developed historically; and the third unfolds again into a less sequential collection of vignettes, most of which have a mystical element.

The writing is dense and I found it slow going, and also I regretted that the map of Northampton at the front of each book is printed across two pages, so that important details get lost in the central crease. The third chapter of Book Three, "Round The Bend", is particularly tough going, adopting the style of James Joyce to tell a story about his daughter Lucia who spent the last thirty years of her life in Northampton's mental hospital; here I basically put down my paper copy of the book and read the text and explanations at this fan site, without which I think I might have given up. (Other inmates at the hospital included the composer Malcolm Arnold, the poet John Clare, and Violet Gibson who shot Mussolini in 1926, but did not kill him.)

Anyway, it's an ambitious and mesmerising piece of work, pulling together a vast amount of information and imagination. There are some nice emotional bits in there as well, particularly at key moments of the story of the Vernall family whose narrative is at the core of the book. I do think it could have been shorter and tighter (it's almost 1300 pages in length). But I can now at least wear my badge with pride. ( )
  nwhyte | Oct 7, 2020 |
Well. It's big and sprawling and intricate and messy and gripping and boring and really, really interesting, but most of all, it needs to be edited. Someone get the ghost of Maxwell Perkins from Upstairs. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 28, 2020 |

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"In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake's eternal holy city."--

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