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The book is an extraordinary voyage from turbulent colonial adolescence to mere eccentric, off-the-wall, ex-mental hospital detainee, home-county adult. It attempts to de-stigmatise mental health, making light - even humour in moments of agony, portraying it as a recoverable illness. Hidden in the sub-text there’s a love story, contradicted by an inability to comprehend the real essence of love. Educated in England, the main character is not able to come to terms with the iniquities of Apartheid back home and this anguish is a recurring theme.
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Sep 16, 2008"AARGH!!" ATHENA PRESS Readers Report Author John George writing as Joss Smith Wesson Title AARGH!! The Agonising Scream Somewhere Between The Terminal Moment Just After Jumping off A Bridge And The Ultimate Moment of Sexual Climax Date 19th May 2008 This novel is something of a tour de force. It is writing, not exactly of the “stream of consciousness”, but certainly and inherently, of what one might call the stream of imagination, untrammelled, and this – even in today’s “modern” technique is the first thing that strikes the reader. AARGH!! Is certainly a novel – and although it may be a “faction”, it is actually a novel, of a high order, and allows the imagination to roam freely around reality – it is a work of literary quality, which could attract comment. Not all of it by any means can be guaranteed to be favourable, simply because it never is. It could have a success d’estime. I liked it, but I have a taste for the oddball and the offbeat; hopefully I am not alone.... More > But it makes sense, however much it may be decorated with extravagantly creative phrases and uses of language. It is literary, and also, unusually, quite an “easy read”; it is almost rewarding at the end. It is metaphorical and imagist; the protagonist in particular, the autobiographical narrator, is a symbol of the universality, and all the other players, another symbol of the same universality, the other side – but, again, the reader will ask: the other side of what? The dilemmas are a symbol of the human dilemma. As in Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, improbability becomes fact – or again, does it? The asylum passages at times could rival Genet. This is not a book for everyone. But if the reader does enter this rather hermetic world that Joss has created, he or she will find themselves involved and unable to leave. What on earth will happen next, we ask ourselves, and in fact, has anything happened? What is reality? We see symbols, but of what are they symbolic, of life, of death, of disgust, of loss and finding again? What, anyway, is sanity? It is highly contemplative, internal, and intellectually demanding, and on another level, seems to connect with nothing significant, resonant, perhaps almost pure decoration, it doesn’t matter. The prose is both baroque and fluid. Joss uses language – and dialogue – with economy on the one hand, every word doing its work, and reckless generosity on the other; a torrent of ideas rolls out. It is unusual to find a considerable amount of plot advancement (in so far as there is a “plot” in the conventional sense) in a literary novel of this nature. The idiosyncratic style takes the reader along with the flow of the narrative. It is certainly not mainstream material, but should attract a readership. It expresses a contemporary wish for something more profound and meaningful than daily reality. We would be pleased to see AARGH!! Appear under the Athena imprint. There is a certain readership for unusual, arresting, creative writing in the USA, so if we were to proceed, we will publish in the USA and the UK. I don’t like the photographs. The reader should be always slightly wondering whether this has, or hasn’t really happened, and the photographs anchor the text too much. Sorry. But I loved the sub-title. Penelope Plunket Reader Mark Sykes Editor-In-Chief Athena Press< Less
Apr 15, 2008"If You read anything this year, read this" If you are browsing for some type of book to read that has the excitment of a fiction novel but is all true, then this book is just for you. The author of this book Joss Smith Weston mentions to you the adventures that of his life, from his initial get-rich-scheme in South Africa to his long term suffering with Bi-polar disorder. Throughout this book, it mentions how whilst suffering from it, he regularly tried to mentally overcome it, whilst at the same time not even know what he was dealing with till the very end. If you happen to suffer from depression, (or any other mental disorder) this book may provide you with some inspiration for just as he was able to live with his condition, (and live a relatively active life) you can as well. And even if you don't happen to suffer from any such condition, read it anyhow for it show you that those who suffer from such conditions are still human, no matter what. 5 star!!
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- John George (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- March 6, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.2 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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