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Diary of a Genius (Solar Books - Solar Art Directives) Paperback – March 15, 2007
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In Dalí, the floodgates had opened. Every experience, even seeing a hotel bellboy, spilling some coffee, or flatulence, had mystic and mythic meaning for him. Read just a few of his words, and you know that you can't just read his words. Ideas swirled around him in chaotic orbits, like his beloved flies. His writing makes me think of a show of fireworks, which an author tries to describe by tracing a few dozen especially brilliant sparks.
Three things stand out as invariant across Dalí's life, as he tells it. The second is Gala, his wife, muse, agent, and tour-guide to planet earth. The third is enthusiasm for everything, a degree of involvement with his world that permeates his vision and hearing, but also his senses of smell, touch, and all things of the body. That level of everyday intensity would stun most people in just minutes, and probably kill some.
The first point in Dalí's world is, of course, Dalí. I can not describe Dalí on Dalí, you must experience that first-hand.
A rollercoaster ride that twists and turns through the mind of Dali offering cohesive dialogue and thoughts blended with undecipherable rants and hallucinations. This book gives the reader an intimate view of an artistic genius through the eyes and actions of Dali. He walks a thin line between genius and madman, mostly the latter. If it were not for his beloved wife Gala there would be no doubt in my mind that he ever would have become anything close to a genius. Gala gave Dali order, anchored him in the real world and created the force behind his paintings.
Dali was definitely the master of creating hype. No matter what he was doing, there would be scandal, controversy and snobbery, as he refers to it. Dali created spectacle from his home in Port Lligat, Spain to his frequent travels to New York and Paris. He was loved by those he reviled and despised by those people he loved primarily Picasso and his own father. Obsessed with bowl movements, buttocks and rhinoceros horns Dali often relied on these images to create the meaning behind his works.
By far one of the best speakers, Dali manipulated his audiences into accepting his approach and ideology on Surrealist art and artists. The media even listened and published numerous articles in newspapers and magazines on the happenings of his life's art. Often playing both sides of a situation, disagreement or battle, he always comes out on top still remaining allies with all parties involved.
I would recommend taking the two or three nights it would take to read this book and jump into the mind of this Surrealist genius/madman, Dali. If you hold on to the end you will experience the revered irrational mindset of this artisan and forever hold a new understanding of Dali's revolutionary ideas and works.
Also of marginal interest are his rather fragmentary notes on his rupture with the Surrealists- again, as with his intimations on Lorca and Crevel, one discerns between the lines a muted admiration for Breton that persisted throughout Dali's life, suggesting the ambivalence and guilt that Dali felt toward the Surrealist movement following his expulsion. I believe this gives the lie to Dali's repeated insistence that Surrealism was an asphyxiating straitjacket that he outgrew over time. It is perhaps tragic that we learn very little about other people in Dali's scribblings, so inexorable is his need to reduce others to being mere signposts punctuating his interminable pilgrimage toward genius. What results is a solipsistic slew of hackneyed jokes, an endless gag reel with canned laughter.
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This book was cheap and for the $$$ price what a great deal. Just the first few pages were not in tack, but come a way from the binding. The rest is tip top ! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Toni
Dali was definitely in a league of his own. His detailed life events clearly gives an insight on a day-to-day of Dali.Published 23 months ago by Darius McLaughlin Jr
thanks, the book is what i expected, i appreciate the time. no problem with the book and cover. ok okPublished on May 3, 2013 by celeste
I first heard about the artistic genius of Dali, when I was in college. One of my colleagues had a poster of a Dali piece taped to her wall. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by BookGirl