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ISBN: 0747515913
Author: Will Self
Language: English
Publisher: NY Atlantic Monthly 1993.; 1st edition (1993)
Pages: 309
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 888
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My idea of fun. A Cautionary Tale.

My idea of fun. Any members of educational institutions wishing to photocopy part or all of the work for classroom use, or publishers who would like to obtain permission to include the work in an anthology, should send their inquiries.

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Will Self, the man who the Telegraph claims could write his way out of a nuclear attack, is surely one of the most original and .

Will Self, the man who the Telegraph claims could write his way out of a nuclear attack, is surely one of the most original and highly acclaimed writers to appear on the scene in the last decade. From Kafka to Cronenberg. as in De Quincey's dreamer, who "finds housed within himself. some horrid alien nature") and the seeming insanity of our time, when that alien nature seems too often to be running rampant.

My Idea of Fun is the second novel by Will Self, and was published in 1993. A lonely boy grows up just outside Brighton in a caravan park with his over-sexual mother and the tenant Mr Broadhurst, who takes the boy on a disturbing and often violent journey. The novel works as a strange Bildungsroman, in which the main character, Ian Wharton, learns the art of black magic from Broadhurst, who is also known as the Fat Controller.

My Idea of Fun is his long-awaited, extraordinary first novel. Will Self, the man who the Telegraph claims "could write his way out of a nuclear attack, " is surely one of the most original and highly acclaimed writers to appear on the scene in the last decade.

My Idea of Fun: A Novel. Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys is a new collection of corkscrewed tales from the author of Great Apes. Self's world is a no-funhouse of warped mirrors. A man is seduced into a misanthropically charged symbiosis with the insects infesting his cottage - he has entered "Flytopia. In "A Story for Europe," a two-year-old English child utters his first, halting words. Will Self’s remarkable new stories center on the disease and decay that target the largest of human organs: the liver.

A dinner-party question (& your idea of fun?'') and Ian Wharton's shocking mental response occasion the memoir of a deranged (or perhaps superhuman) man in the moments before he aborts his wife's baby. Wharton grows up in the Sussex town of Saltdean with an overprotective, social-climbing mother and the specter of an absent, bad-penny father. About the Book As Ian's idea of fun becomes increasingly extreme, the reader is taken to . . Published 1994 by Penguin in Harmondsworth. Fiction, Humor (Fiction). When the young Ian Wharton first meets Mr Broadhurst, he is completely unaware of the influence he will come to exert over his life as 'The Fat Controller' - a constant companion and confidant and also the obese, erudite manifestation of Ian's mental illness. As Ian's idea of fun becomes increasingly extreme, the reader is taken to a place where morality is eroded by the dull grind of modernity and everything becomes admissable. Originally published, London: Bloomsbury, 1993.

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Comments:

Oveley
Unlike most of the below reviewers, I found this book to be quite engaging. I can't help but think them put off by the horrid nature of the tale. Call me childish and sick, but I liked this well written and quite fantastic story. An unabashed five stars. Also, what's the problem with big words? If you'd rather read at a tenth grade level then go ahead and stick with most any other contemporary writer. I think you'll find that Self's choice of an exotic word over a more mundane possibility often adds to the detailed desciptive quality of his writing. Note that no one has accused him of mis-using his large vocabulary.
This book is not a great work of literature, BTW, but not all books are supposed to be. Some are more for fun, and this one is just not everyone's idea of it apparently.
Disclaimer: I am a big Will Self fan. However, I am not liking his new novel (_How the Dead Live_) very much, so know that I can also be critical of his work.
Budar
My Idea of Fun is an early Will Self novel from the time when he was high on drugs and waved his satirical windmills with abandon against the whole gamut of self-enclosed humanistic metropolitan society.

Essentially, this novel is typical first novel territory - charting the development and maturity of a young man, Ian Wharton, from school, through university, the world of work, relationships and ultimately marriage. But this book is a little different in that Ian is a deeply disturbed individual who plummets the depths of the human psyche - at the start of the book, he announces he is about to go upstairs to disembowl his wife, pregnant with his child. Why? Well that's a complicated tale that requires some 300 pages to unravel. His mental strings have been played mercilessly throughout his life, first by the Churchillian The Fat Controller (definite article very important) who appears at vital junctures in Ian's life, such as when he is about to sleep with a woman, and ruckles the texture of his reality. Then there is the left field psychiatrist Dr Gyglle, who submits Ian to a terrifying series of mind calming experiments. No wonder Ian is messed up, as he pursues his marketing career - that ultimate 90s job, just as corporate law is for the upwardly mobile graduate in the 2000s - and tries to make sense of his self, that mysterious id, that lies within.

Overall, a scatalogical, shock novel that showcases Self's trademark style - each sentence with pistons grinding furiously to add value to the reading experience, words gyrating together like go-go dancers. It is a vigorous, entertaining style, that shakes up the grey area of London, the mundane office blocks and infrastructures in a toxic cocktail of verbiage. Overall the book is a little like some of the efforts of Martin Amis, one of Self's heroes - dazzling on the surface, but a little light underneath, which prevents it from being truly shocking, unlike some of his really sinister work like the Kafkaesque Cock and Bull stories, or 'Understanding the Ur-Bororo' or 'Grey Area' in his early short story collections.

Doubtless Will Self would refute this, but I remain convinced that he is a better short story writer and journalist than he is a novelist. And this effort, for all its high points and scintillating riffs, confirmed it.
Qiahmagha
Ian Wharton is delusional. He believes he has extraordinary powers, and that a character from his childhood, The Fat Controller, has taken over his mind. Wharton aspires to nothing more than to lead a normal life, emotionally and sexually. The Fat Controller wants him to commit the most gruesome crimes. Indeed, he expects Wharton to murder his own pregnant wife. It can all be explained. Wharton's nemesis might be no more than an old family relation, an eccentric now safely packed away in a retirement home. But since the story is told from Wharton's point of view - and to make things worse, not always in the first person - there is no telling where reason merges into madness.

Will Self's portrayal of insanity is overwhelming. His style of writing is explosive. But the reader might as well be warned about a few things. First, madness is more boring than it sounds. Obsession is by definition repetitive, and My Idea Of Fun is too long in parts. Second, Will Self is either less good at, or not interested in, doing normality. Example, from an office scene: `There are no such things as strangers, only prospects we haven't converted, yet.' Business people don't talk like that, not informally. And does everyone have to be a sexually tormented freak? Perhaps the point is that there is no such thing as normality, that we are all insane to a degree. If so, it is made neither subtly nor convincingly. Third, the novel's ending is predictably cryptic, with at least three plausible interpretations. There is a point to this, of course, but some readers do like to have closure. This book is only fun if you're prepared to go a little cuckoo over it.
Nkeiy
It is obvious from the first few pages that the author knows (or believes) that he is far more intelligent than most of his readers. He appears to think that novel writing is beneath him, something that can be tossed off in a few weeks between his witty, sardonic tv performances. This novel is lazy, cold-hearted and dull, while only occasionally allowing clever Mr Self to show off his skilful use of language. It is hard to care what happens in a book where the main characters are unsympathetic and poorly sketched. Half way through the novel (on the busy 8.40 from Peckham Rye to Blackfriars), I was so bored that my mind wandered and I had an idea that I later put into practice with a big positive impact on my life....so thank you Will, you did me a favour. There is one particularly revollting scene where a dog is sexually abused, tortured and killed. As the previous book I'd read (I think it might have been by Irvine Welsh - a vastly superior novelist) had a very similar scene with a dog, it didn't even have shock value. I'm not a dog lover and I have no problem with violence or even sadism in literature, if it is well written, but there are far too many pets being mutilated in the name of British Literature!

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