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Jott❰Read❯ ➯ Jott Author Sam Thompson – Varanus.us A novel about friendship, madness and modernism London in is a world of dingy pubs and bedsits of strange inventions like psychoanalysis, feminism and modernist art of fascism, communism and looming A novel about friendship, madness and modernism London inis a world of dingy pubs and bedsits of strange inventions like psychoanalysis, feminism and modernist art of fascism, communism and looming war of asylums in which the mentally ill are subjected to cruel and primitive treatments Arthur, a junior doctor in London s oldest mental hospital, is about to compromise his medical ethics for the sake of his closest friend, a brilliant and charismatic aspiring writer called LouisBut soon Arthur finds that he doesn t want to become a minor character in someone else s story, he must change the narrative of his lifelong friendship, and create a story of his own.

Jott eBook µ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Jott
  • Sam Thompson
  • English
  • 19 January 2018
  • 1473675057

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  1. says:

    Contemplative and understated second novel from Thompson, whose brilliant Communion Town was longlisted for the Booker in 2012 Written in cool and elegant prose, it describes several years in the life of a young psychiatrist, Arthur Bourne, as framed by his long standing friendship with a volatile writer, Louis Molyneux Jott is the title of a novel Louis labours over, one Arthur often supposes will never come to fruition The relationship between Arthur and Louis is unbalanced and tense Contemplative and understated second novel from Thompson, whose brilliant Communion Town was longlisted for the Booker in 2012 Written in cool and elegant prose, it describes several years in the life of a young psychiatrist, Arthur Bourne, as framed by his long standing friendship with a volatile writer, Louis Molyneux Jott is the title of a novel Louis labours over, one Arthur often supposes will never come to fruition The relationship between Arthur and Louis is unbalanced and tense when Arthur marries Sarah, evenso Yet Arthur feels unable to do anything other than acquiesce to Louis s requests, for example access to one of Arthur s most intriguing patients, whom he intends to use as artistic inspiration.This is not a plot driven story, but rather a series of moments, many of them seemingly unremarkable, in a man s life It is a novel about interior life, uncertainty and doubt about friendship and marriage, and the quiet spaces within both It s also a well researched portrait of London in the 1930s, with the rise of psychoanalysis foregrounded by way of Arthur s experience with the talking cure as both doctor and patient, and a shifting political landscape fascism, feminism, the looming threat of war in the background According to what I ve read elsewhere, Jott is based on Thompson s grandfather and his friendship with Samuel Beckett Doubtless there were things that went over my head here due to my lack of familiarity with Beckett, but it certainly didn t feel like anything was missing.At first I was mildly disappointed that Thompson hadn t revisited slipstream fiction, having produced such a wonderful example of the genre with his debut But it s impossible not to admire Jott, to settle into its smooth flow right away This is a fine novel there s something reassuring in how beautifully assembled it is.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr


  2. says:

    2.5 Jott has an interesting premise in that the author s grandfather was a friend of Samuel Beckett, a relationship on which the novel is built However, I found it to be a somewhat disappointing read For me, a novel has to have either some narrative pull or at least beautiful prose to engage me, preferably both, but I found Jott a bit lacking in both departments, sorry to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with the language, but it s a little stale and safe especially coming to this aft 2.5 Jott has an interesting premise in that the author s grandfather was a friend of Samuel Beckett, a relationship on which the novel is built However, I found it to be a somewhat disappointing read For me, a novel has to have either some narrative pull or at least beautiful prose to engage me, preferably both, but I found Jott a bit lacking in both departments, sorry to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with the language, but it s a little stale and safe especially coming to this after Alex Pheby s Lucia , and as for the pull, there is relatively little to look forward to in Jott I found no proper tension in any scene and, instead, the text seems to revel merely in the creation of a historically realistic picture of early 20th century Dublin and London, especially of the psychiatric wards Historically oriented readers might have a completely different opinion from mine and enjoy reading about the time period, while I would rather go for the convoluted prose of Beckett himself There are instances where Thompson mimics Beckett s early style and I found those to be the most enjoyable bits of Jott I could see people enjoying this just not entirely my cup of tea


  3. says:

    Inspired by the author s grandfather s relationship with Samuel Beckett, this is a graceful and adroit examination of the quiet crisis of being the less brilliant friend.


  4. says:

    Despite differences in lifestyle and temperament, the friendship between Arthur and Louis, begun as pupils at an Irish boarding school, has endured through university in Dublin to early adulthood in 1930s London Arthur, a junior psychiatrist, has always been overshadowed by his friend, an unpublished writer with the flair and determination to live by his own rules While Alistair is shy and socially awkward, Louis can charm anyone, including Arthur, such that the psychiatrist often finds himsel Despite differences in lifestyle and temperament, the friendship between Arthur and Louis, begun as pupils at an Irish boarding school, has endured through university in Dublin to early adulthood in 1930s London Arthur, a junior psychiatrist, has always been overshadowed by his friend, an unpublished writer with the flair and determination to live by his own rules While Alistair is shy and socially awkward, Louis can charm anyone, including Arthur, such that the psychiatrist often finds himself sacrificing his own needs for the sake of his friend.This intelligent and engaging novel was inspired by the author s grandfather, a psychiatrist and lifelong friend of Samuel Beckett who helped the latter research his first novel by taking him onto the wards Beckett aficionados will find much delight in the novel s meta fictions, beginning with a shared title with the Beckett character s own novel, extracts from which are shared towards the end I ll leave that strand to reviewerscompetent in that area and focus on the themes of failure, psychoanalysis and psychiatric hospital care.Continues


  5. says:

    I loved this book I m tempted to give it 5 stars But it s also difficult to review There is a temptation in me to review it by defending it against other reviewers who appear to miss the clear and obvious predecessors of this book which give it its validity For example, the book does not have much tension because it follows literary predecessors which made legendary careers portraying characters living life in quite the way one might expect, rather than being drawn on particular event dri I loved this book I m tempted to give it 5 stars But it s also difficult to review There is a temptation in me to review it by defending it against other reviewers who appear to miss the clear and obvious predecessors of this book which give it its validity For example, the book does not have much tension because it follows literary predecessors which made legendary careers portraying characters living life in quite the way one might expect, rather than being drawn on particular event driven plot devices from which tension might derive A book this mature, this nuanced and careful, simply doesn t need tension It s a rare book about a man evaluating his life through his interactions with three central people in his life his wife, his closest friend, and the patient that comes to define his work The book is not built on plot, but on the very clear implications for introspection that all of us encounter at around the same age that Arthur is in this story The book is full of insightful turns of phrase and subtle but carefully drawn characters Absolutely a worthy contribution to the particular literary sub tradition to which it belongs


  6. says:

    Went on a bit and if you re leveraging Beckett, you might want to think about importing the humour.

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