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Von Zos
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24/09/2015 8:01 pm  

Not sure how many Morrissey fans there are here but we thought his own description of his new novel which was released today might raise an eyebrow or two...

“The theme is demonology … the left-handed path of black magic. It is about a sports relay team in 1970s America who accidentally kill a wretch who, in esoteric language, might be known as a Fetch … a discarnate entity in physical form. He appears, though, as an omen of the immediate deaths of each member of the relay team. He is a life force of a devil incarnate, yet in his astral shell he is one phase removed from life. The wretch begins a banishing ritual of the four main characters, and therefore his own death at the beginning of the book is illusory."


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24/09/2015 8:48 pm  

It's not received the best reviews I've ever seen:

Morrissey’s debut novel has received a lashing from critics who variously described The List of the Lost as “an unpolished turd of a book” and a “bizarre, misogynistic ramble.”

Speed readers have taken to finishing the book already, only 11 hours after it hit book stores, and the very first reviews are in. Among them is, without a doubt, one of the most damning book reviews to ever be printed by a national paper.

“Do not read this book; do not sully yourself with it, no matter how temptingly brief it seems,” says Michael Hann of The Guardian.

“All those who shepherded it to print should hang their heads in shame, for it’s hard to imagine anything this bad has been put between covers by anyone other than a vanity publisher. It is an unpolished turd of a book, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.”

--- http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/morrisseys-debut-novel-list-of-the-lost-receives-damning-first-review-it-is-an-unpolished-turd-the-stale-excrement-of-morrisseys-imagination-10515330.html

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Von Zos
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24/09/2015 8:59 pm  

Indeed, hard to think of a case where an author might welcome the phrase 'unpolished turd' associated with their work. Still it's interesting he would speak of a 'left-hand path' and a 'banishing ritual' having never displayed even passing reference to such themes before (Ouija Board, Ouija Board notwithstanding). The cultural permeation of esoteric interests continues to intrigue.


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26/09/2015 12:11 am  

The Guardian review does much to justify the "unpolished turd" claim (I was always told that "You can't shine shit" BTW; this is one of the many things that differentiate "shit" and "Shinola").

Bowie wrote a similar self-indulgent "novel" during his Thin White Duke/Philly Soul/heavy cocaine use phase, but had sense enough to not to publish it; some of it surfaced in Rolling Stone at the time.

There was "occult content" in that one too.


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09/03/2017 5:47 pm  

I have Moz's autobiography but I haven't finished it yet. I read just perhaps 80 pages and then stopped because it was boring me. I am sure it gets better?

In regards to novels using occult themes without understanding them, I think that comes from the author wanting to put some mystique into their work perhaps? Either for themselves or others.

I like Morrissey albums but I prefer the Smiths. If I had to pick favourite Moz CD's it would be:
1. Viva Hate
2. You are the Quarry
3. Vauxhall and I

Anyone else?


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11/03/2017 3:00 am  

I have Moz’s autobiography but I haven’t finished it yet. I read just perhaps 80 pages and then stopped because it was boring me. I am sure it gets better?
It depends upon what you mean by 'better'. Later on, there are at least 80 pages (so it seemed) going into his court wranglings with former members of The Smiths: I personally would not describe this as being 'better'. 'Bitter', mayhap? 🙂
Best piece in the whole book (imo) was his account of a strange meeting with a "spectre" high up on Saddleworth Moor, an abode where Ian Brady buried the bodies in that notorious 60s case of 'The Moors Murders' --- truly a dismal locale for the abomination of desolation, no less.

I like Morrissey albums but I prefer the Smiths. If I had to pick favourite Moz CD’s it would be:
1. Viva Hate
2. You are the Quarry
3. Vauxhall and I
Anyone else?

I suppose Bona Drag or Your Arsenal or Ringleader of the Tormentors might be up there in the hit parade too? (The connection here with AC must be highly subtle & tenuous and eludes me though.)

'Every Day is, like, Sun Day' as an homage to Resh, perhaps?...
Come Armageddon,
Norma N Joy Conquest


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christibrany
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11/03/2017 10:05 pm  

Thanks for the response Jamie and nice ac tie in.

'Trudging slowly over wet sands, doing RESH where your clothes were stolen.
It was a sea side town that they forgot to tear down
Armageddon come Armageddon come'

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02/04/2019 8:17 pm  

@ignant666 now that Ziggy Stardust is dead, I wonder if anyone will publish his novel? I never knew he had wrote one. Now I want to find excerpts. I am a fan of bad writing by famous people that I like. John Lennon was actually amusing, I own first editions of his Spaniard in the Works and In His Own Write. Both quite funny. Skywriting is also not bad.


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christibrany
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02/04/2019 10:25 pm  

cheers!


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