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  • 272 pages
  • The Book Against God
  • James Wood
  • English
  • 02 September 2019
  • 0312422512

The Book Against God❮Download❯ ➿ The Book Against God ➺ Author James Wood – Essayreview.co.uk Thomas Bunting while neglecting his philosophy PhD still unfinished after seven years, is secretly writing what he hopes will be his masterwork a vast atheistic project to be titled The Book Against G Thomas Bunting while neglecting his philosophy PhD still unfinished after seven years, is secretly writing what he hopes will be his masterwork a vast atheistic project to be titled The Book Against God In despair over his failed academic career and failing marriage, Bunting is also enraged to the point of near lunacy The Book Epub / by his parents religiousness When his father, a beloved parish priest, suddenly falls ill, Bunting returns to the Northern village of his childhood Bunting s hopes that this visit might enable him to finally talk honestly with his parents and sort out his wayward life, are soon destroyedComic, edgy, lyrical, and indignant Bunting gives the term unreliable narrator a new twist with his irrepressible incapacity to tell the truth.


About the Author: James Wood

James Douglas Graham Wood is an English literary critic, essayist and novelist He is currently Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University a part time position and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazineWood advocates an aesthetic approach to literature, rather thanideologically driven trends in academic literary criticismWood is The Book Epub / noted for coining the genre term hysterical realism, which he uses to denote the contemporary conception of the big, ambitious novel that pursues vitality at all costs Hysterical realism describes novels that are characterized by chronic length, manic characters, frenzied action, and frequent digressions on topics secondary to the story.


10 thoughts on “The Book Against God

  1. says:

    An Educated FailureI have no idea what to make of this book It is apparently pointless, written in deadeningly tedious prose about marriage, religion, and the neuroses of the English middle class Woolf s introspection without insight and Murdoch s thought reduced to triviality Yet James Wood is a brilliant literary critic whose nuanced understanding of texts matches anyone s How can that person have written and published this book The protagonist, Tom, is a neurotic, hapless, puerile slob w An Educated FailureI have no idea what to make of this book It is apparently pointless, written in deadeningly tedious prose about marriage, religion, and the neuroses of the English middle class Woolf s introspection without insight and Murdoch s thought reduced to triviality Yet James Wood is a brilliant literary critic whose nuanced understanding of texts matches anyone s How can that person have written and published this book The protagonist, Tom, is a neurotic, hapless, puerile slob with poor personal hygiene He also lies as impulsively as Donald Trump, particularly to his wife, until she gives him the boot His response is to complain in the manner of Harry Enfield s petulant teenager, Kevin, about her unfairness Characters pop in and quickly out of the narrative with no apparent purpose The dialogue is stifling in the extremeAre you all right, Tommy You know we all care about you The words fell like instantly evaporating rain Oh good, it s nice to know that you all care about me, I said, with excessive bitterness You re being unpleasant again And you are being less than sensitive This isn t the place for thisIt goes on for pages like this.The story is held together by an undisclosed horrid and life changing event on Christmas Eve Turns out the effort of getting to the reveal is entirely wasted The big event is about as trivial as a weather report in the New Testament Tom s spiritual journey, implied in the title, is equally trivial and the book leaves him exactly where he started.There is much philosophical and theological name dropping throughout, to no point whatsoever Silly opinions flow constantly at pub meetings, dinner parties, and family get togethersNo, replied Max I m not going to church But I think as I get older that no one is really ever an atheist Everyone believesAndMy intellectual hero is Martin Luther I don t think that needs further justification My spiritual hero well there are so awfully many, but I will nominate Father Brown, in the marvellous old Chesterton stories And my moral hero Winston ChurchillYes, and So, a mystery wrapped in an enigma Clearly fiction is not Wood s metier But this book is so bad I find it difficult to judge his other work with my former enthusiasm See

  2. says:

    Tom, the narrator is the 30 year old intellectual son of a vicar, a professional student and also a militant atheist His long drawn out PHD in philosophy has been delayed by a secret writing project leading up to a spiritual crisis which he chronicles in a deadpan, unintentionally comic way His project is a debate about the existence and nature of God and the insoluble problem of evil i.e if God is omnipotent and benevolent, how can he allow evil to exist in the world This is a thought pro Tom, the narrator is the 30 year old intellectual son of a vicar, a professional student and also a militant atheist His long drawn out PHD in philosophy has been delayed by a secret writing project leading up to a spiritual crisis which he chronicles in a deadpan, unintentionally comic way His project is a debate about the existence and nature of God and the insoluble problem of evil i.e if God is omnipotent and benevolent, how can he allow evil to exist in the world This is a thought provoking and witty approach to difficult concepts, full of literary and philosophical allusions, but enlivened by Tom s over dramatic style, rendering his existential angst too comic to be tragic This was Woods first novel and as gamekeeper turned poacher, he was given a rough reception by fellow reviewers due to his own reputation as the Guardian s unforgiving literary critic in the late 80 s Reviewed for Whichbook.net

  3. says:

    No one really likes this book except for my father and myself, but I m quite fervent about it It s a serious and funny book, and if you happen to find the perambulations of middle aged British pseudo Anglican religion drowned atheists engaging, it s for you.

  4. says:

    I am enjoying this so much It s like reading my husband s mind, with the bonus of being able to put it down when I m tired..

  5. says:

    I found the protagonist inaccessible and the prose too studious to be enjoyed It simply didn t work for me on any level.

  6. says:

    After slogging through this point, I still don t know what the point was.

  7. says:

    James Wood has had an enviable career learning how to appreciate books and then reading and writing about them for a living Durham Cathedral School, Eton College, Cambridge Uni, Chief Literary Critic of the Guardian, Senior Editor at the New Republic in Washington DC, currently staff writer at the New Yorker and he is only 47 But he basically always writes about himself and the academic journalistic world he lives in If only I could take my experience banging and bending two motion selectors James Wood has had an enviable career learning how to appreciate books and then reading and writing about them for a living Durham Cathedral School, Eton College, Cambridge Uni, Chief Literary Critic of the Guardian, Senior Editor at the New Republic in Washington DC, currently staff writer at the New Yorker and he is only 47 But he basically always writes about himself and the academic journalistic world he lives in If only I could take my experience banging and bending two motion selectors for Post Office Telecommunications, where I spent the best years of my life, to the bank.In this, his only novel so far, his protagonist is Thomas Bunting , unsuccessful academic and pathetic loser a reverse of Wood s own career Bunting has wasted seven years trying to finish his unspecified, PhD dissertation and is now further time wasting, putting together a so called Book Against God BAG a bit like Casaubon in Middlemarch He has also managed to marry a concert pianist called Jane, who is providing their income The problem with this book is that it is a load of middle class chitter chatter, where what conflict there is exists as a clash arguments and ideals rather than action Bunting would not survive long in the real world putting bills behind the mantle clock does not stop creditors coming after you Who would borrow 1000 from a loan shark to repay 5,424 over two years Nothing comes of this as it might do it is just left dangling at the end He gets by on the dole but there has been no dole for many years but Job Seekers Allowance You only get this for 6 months, you must have 12 months National Insurance contributions, and must have been made redundant You get nothing if you leave a job voluntarily people like James Wood have never known this world Bunting has left his packer porter job at Harrods but can also fall back on his rich, art dealer, Uncle Karl in Chelsea One way or another his impossible lifestyle is maintained Why a concert pianist would want to marry such a loser is one question and didn t he have some inkling that she would be practising in the flat But he has qualms about having children which he avoids by non ejaculating in unprotected sex and he is supposed to be an educated man In reality Jane would get pregnant anyway and have to stop work for a while thus intensifying the need for work This would put Bunting in a real fix and lead to some action but all we get are little snits and meaningful conversations all the time, flaunting his erudition It is well written, as you would expect, but unconvincing, although I don t think he intended it to be Incidentally the poem he quotes My soul there is a country Far beyond the stars is Peace by Henry Vaughan 1621 1695

  8. says:

    James Wood is probably as successful as a literary critic gets having become a staff writer for the New Yorker, and released a few well received books of essays The Book Against God is the Brit s only novel and it kind of reads like it s written by someone who has studied the craft of literature very, very hard While not quite laborious, Wood s prose is certainly studious, and his story of an intellectual failure struggling to come out from his father s shadow hearkens back to the comedies o James Wood is probably as successful as a literary critic gets having become a staff writer for the New Yorker, and released a few well received books of essays The Book Against God is the Brit s only novel and it kind of reads like it s written by someone who has studied the craft of literature very, very hard While not quite laborious, Wood s prose is certainly studious, and his story of an intellectual failure struggling to come out from his father s shadow hearkens back to the comedies of manners popular in the Victorian Age Admittedly, I m talking out of my ass here a little bit with these references in actuality, all I know is that Wood s book feels distinctly British, and when I think of writings that feel British I think of either Jane Austen or Shakespeare, and since this certainly ain t Shakespeare I ll compare it to Austen and call it a Comedy of Manners What did Austen write again Wood positions his protagonist, Thomas Bunting, an overeducated slacker who can t seem to finish his PhD, against Bunting s father, an overeducated lovably pompous priest involved in what seems like a perfect marriage In doing so, he manages to communicate a lot of interesting ideas about faith and atheism without making his characters into talking heads Thomas, a nonbeliever, simply has to show up at his father s house and argue with all of his friends and close family Viola interesting points emerge Thomas is also a chronic liar, apparently though Wood tells us this fact repeatedly he never really demonstrates it very clearly with actual action , and this flaw has cost him his beloved wife, Jane The book doesn t reach for much, plot wise, but simply depicts him struggling to recover from his separation with Jane, his failure as a true intellectual, and the death of his father In it s own quiet way it s a very strong piece of writing, and yet also not all that memorable, I think because it s very, VERY quiet with almost zero explosions throughout I m getting bored right now as I write about it, and yet I liked it Though I m not sure I d recommend it

  9. says:

    Thomas Bunting, the main character of James Wood s novel, is a compulsive liar, self absorbed sponge and the epitome of arrested development His reason for being, apart from smoking, drinking and lying around idly, seems to be to build a case against God that also is a case against his father, a parish priest Woods book is entertaining and quite funny in places, but it s really a story about love and redemption loss in the end It s also a reflection about untruths We can t schedule the cons Thomas Bunting, the main character of James Wood s novel, is a compulsive liar, self absorbed sponge and the epitome of arrested development His reason for being, apart from smoking, drinking and lying around idly, seems to be to build a case against God that also is a case against his father, a parish priest Woods book is entertaining and quite funny in places, but it s really a story about love and redemption loss in the end It s also a reflection about untruths We can t schedule the consequences of our lies There are liars who will tell you that they were pleased to be forced to confession, that as soon as they began to tell the truth it bubbled up wantonly from their mouths I am not one of those liars Caught, I tell another lie to hide the first I surrender a lie with great unwillingness and feel instantly nostalgic, once it has gone, for the old comfort it offered me That curious ecstasy I felt when I lied was the ecstasy of freedom I became unknowable, unaccountable at the moment I lied The difficulty was that I was always tempted into further risk For it s not truth that is bottomless, but untruth There also is wisdom about faith Belief and unbelief are not absolutes, and not absolute opposites What if they are rather close to each other I m probably moving towards the idea that since religion is a human creation, and its form is man s, then everything in it is at least as true as we are

  10. says:

    A hard book to assess from the wise and articulate book critic for The New Republic Preoccupied with religion religious arguments mostly against , with quite a bit about music as well the main character s wife is a professional pianist , by one of my favorite critics, it s a book that ought to have been intensely interesting Unfortunately, the main character is so incredibly and I use this much overused misused word advisedly selfish immature that it was hard to care much about wha A hard book to assess from the wise and articulate book critic for The New Republic Preoccupied with religion religious arguments mostly against , with quite a bit about music as well the main character s wife is a professional pianist , by one of my favorite critics, it s a book that ought to have been intensely interesting Unfortunately, the main character is so incredibly and I use this much overused misused word advisedly selfish immature that it was hard to care much about what happened to him or what he thought or believed, a critical flaw for this book And despite some very interesting passages, similar religious arguments were handled with muchdepth and, at the same time, better integrated into an engaging narrative by Jill Paton Walsh, in Knowledge of Angels

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