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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. 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 but lying down helps I could not stand it on deck my stomach feels as though it is trying to unseat itself impel itself upwards eject itself free of my shuddering body Sometimes I wonder what stops it at which point the body forces itself not to be seasick in order that it may survive that the stomach may be stillSo he has nothing to do but lie in his bunk remembering his troubled past his wartime childhood first sexual experience dubiously romantic trysts unreuited love jazz musicMy uncle and my mother and my father told me as well that once they were walking with me down by the river past a house bought by Henry VIII for Nell Gwynne My mother asked why and my uncle replied for goings on or some such They tell me that I then said that I had often seen them there together Nell Gwynne and the eighth Henry This caused them great merriment at the time Enough for them to want to tell me of it in later years anyway I do not remember this pearl of wit myself So much of one s childhood must be taken on trust seen refracted through others Especially the earlier parts of a childhoodHe recalls And his narration becomes a stream of memory And a stream of memory becomes a stream of unhappinessI create my own world in the image of that which was in the past from a defective memory from recollections which must be partial this is not necessarily truth may even be completely misleading at best is only a nearness a representationBut somehow his seasickness and trawling through the past serve as a kind of remedy and in the end of the voyage he feels purgedOften while remembering our past we see the events that seemed important at the time just as trivia of life and some insignificant details we hold especially dear

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  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 wallo

  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 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 an

  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 thoughts as he weaves a blasted trail down memory lane poking examining puttin

  4. says:

    Favorite uote I have come through Look we have come throughFrom my “1001 Books to Read Before You Die” Edited by Peter Boxall reading list

  5. says:

    In his third novel the experimental novelist a term he came to dislike pursues relentlessly his mission to write truth rather than fiction Largely a roman à clef then it differs in the starkness with which the author lays bare his own thought processes There is no attempt at all to show himself in a good light a point he acknowledges just once in the book The narrator comes across for instance as pretty misogynistic and

  6. says:

    Johnson has a way of getting into the head of his main characters and explaining why the past experiences impact o

  7. says:

    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 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 an

  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 past He spews these out just like he spews everything in his gut It is a mess out of order without necessarily making sense and the author tells us that maybe he is wrong in his memories The narrator is essentially alone

  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 h

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