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Peter Anderson, October 21, 2011 (view all comments by Peter Anderson)
Goodness, what a phenomenal little book this is. Powerful with so few words. Thoughtful, philosophical, touching, funny, and ultimately tragic. But though tragic, the conclusion makes perfect sense in light of the preceding narrative, and the narrator gains a fate which is greatly preferable to the unpalatable alternative that he otherwise faced. The book has shades of Knut Hamsun (the solitary, intellectual, reality-challenged narrator of Hunger), George Orwell (the stubborn permanence of the written word, a la 1984) and Franz Kafka (inhuman bureaucracies and the overall surreal tone), three writers whom I greatly admire, a list to which I now add Bohumil Hrabal. During my life I've only re-read a handful of books, but Too Loud a Solitude is one I will definitely be returning to, and probably more than once.
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juniper, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by juniper)
This slim novel comes from a bright mind. Nothing in it can be predicted. It is full of filth, shocks of beauty and enormous energy. It covers the entire range of human passions without judgment. It is mind-expanding and truly invents, in the most reserved and elite sense of that word. There is nothing comparable.
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venusinfauxfurz, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by venusinfauxfurz)
Simply a beautiful story. It grabs you on the first line and lets you down easily on the last.
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Ailana, January 4, 2007 (view all comments by Ailana)
Though brief, this is a powerful, compelling book. The details of the paper recycler's life and art are vivid and will remain with me. Hrabal focuses not only on books but also on the motivation and obsession of the worker/artist and society's response to them. The book is symbolic on so many levels.
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Hrabal, Bohumil
Mariner Books
Heim, Michael Henry
Heim, Michael Henry
San Diego
General Fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
Edition Description:
Harvest in translation
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Nr. 4394
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8 x 5.31 in 0.25 lb

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Product details 112 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156904582 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[An] absorbing fable about a man who educates himself with the discarded printed matter he collects." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Hrabal's tale, so finely balanced between pathos and comedy, loses none of its power now that Czechoslovakia is free."
"Review" by , "An irresistibly eccentric romp, quick with the heart's life."
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Hantá rescues books from the jaws of his compacting press and carries them home. Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera calls “our very best writer today,” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word. Translated by Michael Henry Heim.

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