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In both literature and film he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his uniue ways of putting them into. Johnson has a way of getting into the head of his main characters and explaining why the past experiences impact on their behaviour Our hero decides to go to sea for three weeks on a trawler a journey described in detail from leaving England and crossing the North Sea and ending off the coast of Russia The workings of the lives of the trawler men is also gone into but most indepth is the hero s thoughts on his own isolation and what has caused it Johnson seems to have put a lot of thought into this and did make me wonder judging from when he was born how much of this is about Johnson

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Practice Reissued as standalone books for the first time in many years these are B S Johnson's most famous and critically acclaimed novels.. I enjoyed this detailed look at a 3 week trip on a trawler ship I liked the descriptions of the sea the crew the way life on board worked the technicalities of fishing and of course how our poor narrator was pretty much constantly seasickIn with the narrative about the current day trawl our narrator tells us the story of his life In fact it would be fairer to say he is telling himself the story of his life and his past loves so that he can move forward with the new woman he has met The whole point of the trawl for him is to give himself some time alone to put his thoughts in order and to put his past to bedAn interesting look at the rambling thoughts of one man and how what we tell ourselves or each other about the past doesn t really matter it is the future that is important

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In his heyday during the s and early s B S Johnson was one of the best known novelists in Britain A passionate advocate for the avant garde. Of the four books I ve so far read by Johnson although all have been really good I found this one to be the best Its pretty basic in terms of plot but that s one of the great things about it there s no figuring out what this means or who that person is its just a guy and his recollections which I found to be a breath of fresh air and a bit different The main character books himself onto a fishing trawler as a pleasure tripper and gets a cabin to himself with a bed and spends his time lying on the mattress staring at the ceiling examining his life in forensic detail to work out where it all went wrong These intensive self reflection bouts are riddled with feelings of sea sickness as he tries to lie there as still as possible and keep his mind concentrated on his regret filled past I like how the lengthy dredging sessions into the depths of his memory are occasionally broken up by the poor guy crawling out of his cabin and going above deck to watch the fishermen pull in their nets filled to the brim with writhing sea life You then get detailed descriptions from him about what the fishermen are doing and exactly what s going on around him which I found enlightening as I don t know much about life on the high seas He stands there in his haggard dejected way as the spray from the sea bursts over the decks and shimmering swathes of fish slither about in the filth and the froth to be gathered by the gnarled hands of the fishermen Once he s seen enough he retreats from the clamour of the catch and seeks solace once in his dingy cabin and again plunges back into the troubling memories of his youthTo a lot of people reading this you may think this novel sounds unpleasant and maybe even uite monotonous and a bit depressing but something about it drew me in and I loved the contrast between his shadowy cabin recollections of the past and then his brief sojourns to the deck clambering out into the piercing blue morning as real life assaults him mercilessly and jolts him back to the lamentably unavoidable presenta memorable book


10 thoughts on “Trawl Author B.S. Johnson

  1. says:

    The narrator is a passenger – a so called pleasuretripper – on the trawler and the severe case of seasickness – notorious mal de mer – afflicted him to the state of physical incapabilityWhile they are hauling the ship wallows and the motion is worse I feel sickest at such points when they are hauling bu

  2. says:

    Of the four books I've so far read by Johnson although all have been really good I found this one to be the best Its pretty basic in t

  3. says:

    The whole time I read this I heard in the background the Fine Young Cannibals' song Don't Look Back Baby baby don't look backIt won't do no goodBecause it won't And it doesn't The whole book is presented as the narrator's meandering t

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    In his third novel the experimental novelist a term he came to dislike pursues relentlessly his mission to write truth rather than fi

  6. says:

    Johnson has a way of getting into the head of his main characters and explaining why the past experiences impact on their behaviour Our hero decides to go to sea for three weeks on a trawler a journey described in detail from leaving

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    I 3 BS Johnson

  8. says:

    I enjoyed this detailed look at a 3 week trip on a trawler ship I liked the descriptions of the sea the crew the way life on board worked the technicalities of fishing and of course how our poor narrator was pretty much constantly seasickIn

  9. says:

    This book by B S Johnson written in 1966 is a book about a man who has decided to take a trip on a fishing boat He is not a seasoned fisherman In fact he is sick sick a lot We the reader get to hear of his memories of his

  10. says:

    I pity the narrator perhaps given Johnson's dedication to authorial authenticity to be euated with the author than I would readily do this is a thoroughly sorry account of seasickness that sounds like utter misery for three whole weeks while he also trawls through his past as a way of exorcising the pain of isolation abandonment as an evacuee in High Wycombe and rejected love At times the narrator at least as he himself