Thoughts of Sorts




      Thoughts of Sorts
Thoughts of Sorts, one of Georges Perec s final works, was published posthumously in France in 1985 With this translation, David Bellos, Perec s preeminent translator, has completed the Godine list of Perec s great works translated into English and has provided an introduction to this master of systematic versatility Thoughts of Sorts is a compilation of musings and essays attempting to circumscribe, in Perec s words, my experience of the world not in terms of the reflections it casts in distant places, but at its actual point of breaking surface Perec investigates the ways by which we define our place in the world, reveling in listmaking, orientating, classifying This book employs all of the modes of questioning explored by his previous books, and at the same time breaks new ground of its own, ending with a question mark in typical atypical Perec fashion. Download Thoughts of Sorts – bluevapours.co.uk

Georges Perec was a highly regarded French novelist, filmmaker, and essayist He was a member of the Oulipo group Many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists, and attempts at classification, and they are usually tinged with melancholy.Born in a working class district of Paris, Perec was the only son of Icek Judko and Cyrla Schulewicz Peretz, Polish Jews who had emigrated to France in the 1920s He was a distant relative of the Yiddish writer Isaac Leib Peretz Perec s first novel, Les Choses Things A Story of the Sixties was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 1965.In 1978, Perec won the prix M dicis for Life A User s Manual French title, La Vie mode d emploi , possibly his best known work The 99 chapters of this 600 page piece move like a knight s tour of a chessboard around the room plan of a Paris apartment building, describing the rooms and stairwell and telling the stories of the inhabitants.Cantatrix Sopranica L is a spoof scientific paper detailing experiments on the yelling reaction provoked in sopranos by pelting them with rotten tomatoes All the references in the paper are multi lingual puns and jokes, e.g Karybb et Scyla, 1973.Perec is also noted for his constrained writing his 300 page novel La disparition 1969 is a lipogram, written without ever using the letter e It has been translated into English by Gilbert Adair under the title A Void 1994 The silent disappearance of the letter might be considered a metaphor for the Jewish experience during the Second World War Since the name Georges Perec is full of e s, the disappearance of the letter also ensures the author s own disappearance.His novella Les revenentes 1972 is a complementary univocalic piece in which the letter e is the only vowel used This constraint affects even the title, which would conventionally be spelt Revenantes An English translation by Ian Monk was published in 1996 as The Exeter Text Jewels, Secrets, Sex in the collection Three.It has been remarked by Jacques Roubaud that these two novels draw words from two disjoint sets of the French language, and that a third novel would be possible, made from the words not used so far those containing both e and a vowel other than e.W ou le souvenir d enfance, W, or, the Memory of Childhood, 1975 is a semi autobiographical work which is hard to classify Two alternating narratives make up the volume one, a fictional outline of a totalitarian island country called W , patterned partly on life in a concentration camp and the second, descriptions of childhood Both merge towards the end when the common theme of the Holocaust is explained.Perec was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1981 He died the following year in Ivry sur Seine at only forty five years old His ashes are held at the columbarium of the P re Lachaise Cemetery.David Bellos wrote an extensive biography of Perec Georges Perec A Life in Words, which won the Acad mie Goncourt s bourse for biography in 1994.

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  • Paperback
  • 143 pages
  • Thoughts of Sorts
  • Georges Perec
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 1567923623

10 thoughts on “ Thoughts of Sorts

  1. Glenn Russell says:

    Do you enjoy making lists Perhaps lists on books and reading lists of books you ve read, lists of books you want to read, lists of your favorite authors, lists of books you intend reading, lists of books you ve reviewed, lists of books you ve discussed in book groups or with friends, lists of books you ve studied in detail Do you enjoyed the way words look and sound by themselves and in combination with other words Do you like to see words that start with the same letter, words that are Do you enjoy making lists Perhaps lists on books and reading lists of books you ve read, lists of books you want to read, lists of your favorite authors, lists of books you intend reading, lists of books you ve reviewed, lists of books you ve discussed in book groups or with friends, lists of books you ve studied in detail Do you enjoyed the way words look and sound by themselves and in combination with other words Do you like to see words that start with the same letter, words that are synonyms, words that are antonyms, monosyllabic words, compound words among my personal favorite , obscure words or colorful words If your answer is yes tothan one of the above, you just might be a prime candidate to fall in love with the writing of Georges Perec, ink slinger in the widest sense of the sen...

  2. Tosh says:

    A read through for the second time I have decided to re read some titles from my library at home Thoughts of Sorts is the ultimate writer s book, in that Georges Perec is a writer who writes about the every day in the sense what is around us on a daily basis His chapter on glasses and how one wears glasses, or how one can arrange their library of books, and hysterically his cooking receipes which are basically all the same except adding a different sauce to the dish In the end of the read, A read through for the second time I have decided to re read some titles from my library at home Thoughts of Sorts is the ultimate writer s book, in that Georges Perec is a writer who writes about the every day in the sense what is around us on a daily basis His chapter on glasses and how one wears glasses, or how one can arrange their library of books, and hysterically his cooking receipes which are basically all the same except adding a different sauce to the dish In the end of the read, Perec is really about being a writer and how one captures the world around them in details that most wouldn t notice or bother even to write about Perec captures those moments usually ...

  3. Adam Floridia says:

    While readingthan a few of the essays in this collection, I was struck by the feeling that I ve read them before I haven t checked, so that may be true, or it may not The mere fact that I don t remember actually made reading this very work resonate all theIn addition to examining categorization and classification, a staple of Perec is the investigation of memory Nabokov consciousness Perec is to memory...

  4. Carolin says:

    The work of a genius maniac Makes me want to read everything this strange French man ever has written, which is unfortunately not too much.If you think an essay on 81 different ways to make sweetbread, rabbit, and sole could amuse you and would make you think why exa...

  5. Annabelle says:

    Les pages qui suivent ne sauraient tre autre chose que des notes un rassemblement, plus intuitif qu organis , de faits dispers s ne renvoyant qu exceptionnellement des savoirs constitu s ils appartiendraient plut t ces domaines mal partag s, ces terres en friche de l ethnologie descriptives que Marcel Mauss voque dans son introduction aux techniques des corps et qui, rang s sous la rubrique divers , constituent des zones d urgence dont on sait seulement qu on ne sait pas Les pages qui suivent ne sauraient tre autre chose que des notes un rassemblement, plus intuitif qu organis , de faits dispers s ne renvoyant qu exceptionnellement des savoirs constitu s ils appartiendraient plut t ces domaines mal partag s, ces terres en friche de l ethnologie descriptives que Marcel Mauss voque dans son introduction aux techniques des corps et qui, rang s sous la r...

  6. Heather Shaw says:

    Every book collection corresponds to two needs that are often also obsessions the need to hang on to things books , and the need to keep them in some order Born in Paris in 1936 to Polish Jewish immigrants his father was killed at the front in 1940 and his mother died either on the way or in Auschwitz Georges Perec himself was in the south of France, in a French boarding schoo...

  7. Jim Elkins says:

    Reading my way through Perec, because how is it possible to stop This collection of short pieces has some models for prose experiments return return 1 Thoughts of Sorts Sorts of Thoughts is fragmentary in an uninteresting way it could be muchintensively executed,fictionally complete,obsessively classificatory But it makes up for that unaccountable lightness it seems that it s the product of a waning interest, or a lack of energy by some wonderful passages, like Reading my way through Perec, because how is it possible to stop This collection of short pieces has some models for prose experiments return return 1 Thoughts of Sorts Sorts of Thoughts is fragmentary in an uninteresting way it could be muchintensively executed,fictionally complete,obsessively classificatory But it makes up for that unaccountable lightness it seems that it s the product of a waning interest, or a lack of energy by some wonderful passages, like this return return THOUGHTS SORTS return What does the forward slash mean return What exactly is the question Whether I think before I sort Whether I sort before I think retur...

  8. Emma Roulette says:

    Any item on a list belongs there because of what it shares with the other items on that list But when you read a list you become aware of the items differences Similarities and differences aside, there are certain joys, secret pleasures, diverse satisfactions that come from making lists I have enumerated them here Coming up with things to put on the list Over long periods of time e.g movies I d like to watch, my Goodreads To Read list, all the people I ve ever kissed In one sitting Any item on a list belongs there because of what it shares with the other items on that list But when you read a list you become aware of the items differences Similarities and differences aside, there are certain joys, secret pleasures, diverse satisf...

  9. Katie says:

    This was an enjoyable little book of essays on, well, Thoughts of Sorts Sorts of Thoughts Worthwhile for the essay on his desk alone, but the rest of it is also enjoyable and thought provoking They re all nice reflections on the things we do without reflection the things w...

  10. Melissa says:

    I really liked a few of these essays Brief Notes on the Art and Craft of Sorting Books, Reading, Thoughts of Sorts Sorts of Thoughts, Notes from the Objects to Be Found on My Desk , others not so much Some of them arelike notes for futu...

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