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In His Own Write Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 10, 2000
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I first read these when they came out and, being young and impressionable, I found I began to incorporate a lot of the fake words into my vocabulary. For example, if a product didn't work properly, I would say it must have "a faulty bagnose." And if a person was hustling around, always busy, I would say "There are no flies on Frank"(or whomever). Now, several decades later, I still find those phrases to be useful. But most were simply forgettable: As a man is preparing for his wedding, he rehearses, "To have and to harm....till death duty part...he knew it off by hertz."
As for the stories themselves, some were funny, some seemed pointless, but a few demonstrated a real truth to be reckoned with. One that stuck with me all these years, and seems even more significant now, is the story of Randolph. He was all alone on Christmas Eve, and was mourning the fact that none of his friends had come to join him on this special holiday. All of a sudden there was a knock on the door, and there was the entire gang. Just as he was rejoicing over this exciting turn of events, they jumped on him, and "did smite him with mighty blows about his head, crying, `We never liked you...you were never really one of us, you know.'" This is a real statement on bullying, which seemed shocking at the time, but now has become somewhat commonplace.Read more ›
I loved it then, it introduced me to fun for the fun of it with a mad literary bent.
Later, in college, I read Ulysses and that filled in the circle.
From pure imagination to pure recognition flowing together in a single purpose; To say what the hell is going on here????
I got this book to introduce my sons to the joy of confusion, and while the books do not seem quite as crazy as they seemed back then, it's still a brilliant cracking of normalcy and a sad reminder of the great loss of imagination silenced.
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Lennon is a genius. His work is very strange, but very fascinating. 10/10Published 1 month ago by OnyxvanGem
Really disappointed. The writing is truly adolescent. I expected more because his songs were really well written most of the time, and because these were so well reviewed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marianne D. Johnson
A deceptively complex presentation which much word play and humor. I especially liked In His Own Write!Published 2 months ago by Leonidas G. Lavdas
I've always wanted a copy of "In His Own Write" since I first saw the Beatles when they hit the USA back in 1964. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David A. Suess