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The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley
The Book of Lies

Gisevius, August 5, 2012

A lucidly written book of, for some, inscrutable content that is nonetheless as limitlessly rewarding to study as the Tao Te Ching. A well with an abysmally deep spring. Characteristic of Crowley's writing, this is clearly written, yet challenging and, as ever, enjoyable to read.
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Death on the Installment Plan by Louis Ferdinand Celine
Death on the Installment Plan

Gisevius, January 9, 2012

Described as the "companion" to Celine's Journey to the End of the Night, this is the first work by Celine that I have read. It took no more than 10 pages before I was hooked and was blazing through the ill-starred (anti-?) hero's misadventures. I am by no means an authority on the subject, but I nonetheless discerned the prototype of a style to be employed by writers such as Bukowski and some "Beat" writers, in the decades to follow this novel.

Although I can't compare Ray Manheim's translation to another, since I've only read his, and furthermore in spite of the fact that I can't and haven't read Mort a Credit in its original French, I sense that this translation is excellent at rendering the slangy and colloquial manner and idiomatic speech that Celine voices his characters with.

Certainly worth the time spent on reading it. Now I'm on to Journey to the End of the Night.
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