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Bottom’s Dream – Arno Schmidt (tr. John E. Woods) Pages 96-141

It is probably fitting that my first post for 2017 is another progress update on Arno Schmidt’s “Bottom’s Dream”, considering I intend to continue my reading journey through this literary revelation, it will probably take up a substantial amount of my 2017 posts. 1,159 more words

Books abandoned, 2016

As always: I’m sure it was my fault, and not the book’s fault, that I abandoned it.

(Except when it was the book’s fault).

And also: “Abandoned” doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t come back to some of these books. 626 more words


Bottom’s Dream – Arno Schmidt (tr. John E. Woods) Pages 80-95

It has been a few weeks since I posted a “Bottom’s Dream” update, however in that time I have managed to make it through a whole fifteen pages, and I would have kept reading without an update here, however I read back through my notes and thought it was time I put the gibberish onto a page and made it public. 1,269 more words

Bottom's Dream - Arno Schmidt (tr. John E. Woods) Pages 71-80

On the surface, it appears to have been a slow week on the “Bottoms Dream” progress charts, a mere nine pages…at this rate I should be done sometime in 2019!!! 925 more words

Undine - Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

Arno Schmidt’s “Bottom’s Dream”, which I am slowly making my way through, in the early sections there are several references to Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte, Baron Fouqué’s most popular work “Undine”. 1,678 more words

Bottom's Dream - Arno Schmidt (tr John E. Woods) pages 57-71

I have written four blog posts about “Bottom’s Dream”, initial thoughts, Poe references in the first 35 pages, literary references and a critique of Poe’s “Pym” and the use of “etyms”. 1,717 more words

Bottom's Dream - Arno Schmidt (Tr John E Woods) - Etyms

Let’s take a look at the language structure of “Bottom’s Dream”, the narrative is straightforward enough, Paula and Wilma Jacobi, Edgar Allan Poe translators, together with their sixteen-year-old daughter Franziska, visit Poe expert (and narrator) Dan Pagenstecher and they discuss Poe (besides Franziska who adds the occasional comment, but is generally the virginal sexual allure for Dan). 698 more words