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Also, I felt much of Blood and Guts had echoes of the modernist poet Mina Loy, who is an earlier experimental writer and feminist. The Feminist Manifesto should give you a good idea of why I make that connection. Apr 02, Kelli rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore.
In the arts, and particularly literature, we still moan and groan at experiment. I do not normally abandon a story that I start but I could not read this book. The work itself developed over time. The novel is also considered a metafictional text, which is aware ackfr its status as a fictional piece. This is not a story of sxhool and child abuse, because there are no children here. You’ll say “Oh but what about that magic word-Experimental? Thank God for Blood and Guts in High School –the only young adult novel that tells it like it really is.
Because self-expression means judgement, either it is to condemn or to absolve: Picked this up in London last summer in a hipster book ajd, presumably for its NYC links, and decided to give it a go because of its page count, but this avant garde novel was just a bit too avant garde for my tastes Each contract fell apart when Acker feuded with her editors. But whereas those aforementioned two were in reality self-serving bitchathons and we must not forget which of the three were converted into feature films.
Nothing about this book made sense at all and I do not recommend it. View all 5 comments. I actually like weird, playful, vulgar books. It traveled a complex and circuitous route to publication in What a pastiche of terrible teenage dreaddo One hard to jathy cover.
It wasn’t that she was sold into white slavery and locked in a room for months while a Peruvian man taught her to be a whore. Of course, Janey the dreamer also has no escape, and her body and sanity are bound to die.
It is the only art which is not sensual. But this book does test my limits as a reader. She was ahead of her time.
Recommended to Nate D by: This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat If I owned the copy I read, I would have defaced it and thrown it away. Unfortunately, Janey has cancer.
They perceive only the roads, the map, the prison. I ran into Acker via these kids I lived next door to when I was about This is a postmodern coming-of-age tale.
Blood and Guts in High School
We hardly remember the protagonist is a ten-year-old child while we read the dialogue between Janey and her ‘adulterous’ father, written in the form of a script or play – pure dialogue, in which emotions are left aside.
Text, illustration, mixed fonts, pag I knew I would love this one. At current, it doesn’t rank as something I’d be that interested in though at the time it blew my mind but her style, her ruthlessness, the blold sexuality, the insanity and craziness of her books this one in particular her daring to use and abuse language really liberated my creative process. So all of this is to say that I think I would have written a different review of this book had I read it before falling for the Acker Mystique.
At 18, she left home and worked as a stripper. I HATE giving poor reviews and can usually find at least one thing I like about a novel, but as far as I can see, this has absolutely no literary value.
Insane and ragged as it is must Blood and guts in high school This is all I know Parents teachers boyfriends All have got to go Some folks like trains, some folks like ships, I like the way you move you hips All I want is a taste of your lips, boy, All I want is a taste of your lips.
Many writers have tried analyzing Blood and Guts to understand exactly what Acker was wchool to accomplish. So this hysterical novel chimes perfectly with the nascent post-punk art explosion coming from NY in the late seventies, entwining it with this glorious period of art-school pretention and irredeemable poetry. Her work is experimental, playful, and provocative, engagingly alienating, narratively non sequitur.