The answers are spontaneous, revealing, ominous, insignificant, grotesque, amusing, lecherous, tragic and trivial by turns, and lovable in their cheerful imperfection This is a book about the basics love, sexuality, death, and all the other things that lurk in our everyday thoughts


10 thoughts on “A Thousand Pearls (For a Thousand Pennies)

  1. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Penny for themAn homage in imitation I was thinking how the rise of atheism will only help to serve capitalist bastardry.I was thinking I cannot understand the logic of wanting to sire children.I was thinking I have never been seriously impacted by a change of government I was thinking theI read the harder it becomes to appreciate truly adequate craftsmanship I was thinking that day you impatiently asked me when were we going to get married, I knew we would never get married I was t Penny for themAn homage in imitation I was thinking how the rise of atheism will only help to serve capitalist bastardry.I was thinking I cannot understand the logic of wanting to sire children.I was thinking I have never been seriously impacted by a change of government I was thinking theI read the harder it becomes to appreciate truly adequate craftsmanship I was thinking that day you impatiently asked me when were we going to get married, I knew we would never get married I was thinking how my ineptness at living seriously impaired your thirst for living I was thinking whether Christine Brooke Rose might have had fun in the Oulipo, and whether her refusal to participate was a rather English and arch decision I was thinking how the malleability of the future should be embraced, provided one has reliable support beams I was thinking whether my attempts to become an intellectual will bring me as much happiness as perpetually clowning around I was thinking how I never wanted our relationship to evolve beyond the nostalgia of our first two years together I was thinking how killable sexual fantasies might be if their attendant smells were introduced.I was thinking theyou write, thethe right words materialise, and how ironic it was that I changed the last word of this thought when transferring from notepad to laptop I was thinking I think of you far too often, when you probably think far less of me.I was thinking that Will Self resembles Gogol s remark from The Nose of Ivan Ivanovich s head as a radish with the tail pointing down.I was thinking I only realised how violently I loved you when you closed the door I was thinking how other writers save pertinent quotes on their hard drives in the event they may one day need a fitting epigraph I was thinking how my working class upbringing will always leave me feeling a charlatan around literary people I was thinking how my girlfriend may be pretending to sleep as I write these pearls in bed beside her I was thinking when I told you I had published a story, your first enquiry was about the fee, not the content I was thinking how unapt it was my girlfriend said in her sleep no books for you today I was thinking how depressing it is that my writing friends continue to produce prose in conventional forms, and how I must pretend to find their success pleasing, and how muchenvious I would be if they published a formally inventive novel to acclaim.I was thinking I will never have an agent I was thinking I will never make enough from writing to pay even two months rent I was thinking I could never render you or our time together unsentimentally in prose.I was thinking how non writers patronise writers struggling to support themselves with their work and how much pleasure is taken in their failing to do so.I was thinking how an unwritten rule in social conversation is never to speak in sentences over 30 seconds long.I was thinking I am unsure if I find Courtney Bartnett s music irritating or infectious I was thinking how pathetic it is when I resent attractive female writers for being both attractive and talented I was thinking how almost everyone resents brazenly displayed intelligence I was thinking a friend of mine s well polished anecdotes might be rehearsed beforehand in the mirror I was thinking how casually you downgraded me from lover to flatmate in the space of two weeks I was thinking how a normal couple would have split up four years earlier I was thinking how important it is we can read together for hours in bed I was thinking I love my own company too much to sustain a long term relationship I was thinking how fucking banal these thoughts might read to an outsider I was thinking how I have never met an unboring drunk I was thinking how little people care about social graces I was thinking I wasted 50 to watch, from a balcony a mile from the stage, a teensy Morrissey performing an uninspired set I was thinking how passionate love often struggles to transcend a fondness for shit novels and corny music I was thinking I will always be poor, and whether this should particularly bother me I was thinking only writers would have the arrogance to believe people might want to read a stream of their semi varnished thoughts.I was thinking I have 1325 Goodreads followers and hardly any of them wish to discuss books with me.I was thinking to maintain most of my friendships, I have to engineer 90% of our meetings, and whether this reflectson my desirability as friend then on my friends laziness for planning I was thinking of you, whoever you may be


  2. jeremy jeremy says:

    composed of a thousand different answers to the same question asked as many times penny for them , a thousand pearls for a thousand penniesis a charming glimpse into the profundity and banality of one man s random thoughts herv le tellier, french writer and member of oulipo along with the book s translator, ian monk , has crafted a book that is at once charming, humorous, poignant, doleful, humble, witty, and self effacing a thousand pearls veers into the realm of both the lofty and t composed of a thousand different answers to the same question asked as many times penny for them , a thousand pearls for a thousand penniesis a charming glimpse into the profundity and banality of one man s random thoughts herv le tellier, french writer and member of oulipo along with the book s translator, ian monk , has crafted a book that is at once charming, humorous, poignant, doleful, humble, witty, and self effacing a thousand pearls veers into the realm of both the lofty and the commonplace, relaying le tellier s thoughts on age, women, sex, love, death, war, career, books, and the many other random ideas that occur to one throughout the procession of days penny for them i was thinking how jazz has its duke, and its count, too, but only literature has its marquis penny for them i was thinking how waking up at night and getting your eyes used to the dark might be a definition of existence penny for them i was thinking that, just at the moment when the bomb exploded over their heads, the inhabitants of hiroshima were eating, taking a bath, phoning, or writing, just like me right now penny for them i was thinking that it s certainly not with a book like this that i ll win the prix goncourt penny for them i was thinking that the problem with smart people is that they waste too much time wondering if idiots are a little bit right, too penny for them i was thinking that if you read one book a week, that makes about three thousand in a lifetime, and they re inevitably not the right ones penny for them i was thinking that there d be far fewer people at military parades if they also put trucks full of cadavers, followed by widows and orphans, just behind the tanks penny for them i was thinking that, what with inflation, these pearls must be worth farthan a penny each penny for them i was thinking that, sure, i feel great with you right here and now, but if you could shift over a bit, that would be great, too, because i ve lost all feeling in my right arm penny for them i was thinking that i m like everyone else, i like humanitythan i like people penny for them i was thinking that i often hesitate before speaking about myself, fearing that the person i m talking to will then think it s okay to talk about themselves too penny for them i was thinking that, when i hold an open book and i can feel blood beating in the tips of my fingers, i can sometimes imagine that it s the book which is alive penny for them i was thinking that many people who are proud of having made it on their own would have done better to ask for help penny for themi was thinking that it s worse not to do good consciously than to do ill without realizing it penny for them i was thinking that, personally, i prefer to live with remorse than regrets penny for them i was thinking that i m not quite sure if this text, which obeys at least one constraint, mentions that constraint, in conformity with roubaud s principle


  3. Michael Michael says:

    Same kind of book as the David Markson anti novel series and Evan Lavendar Smith s From Old Notebooks Funnier than Markson Less neurotic philosophical than Lavendar Smith Very funny I kept having to show lines to whoever was near.


  4. Tuck Tuck says:

    tellier s book of epigram deep thoughts funny twisty ideas about birth, living, loving, dying and taking showers.1000 s of answers to the question What are you thinking here is a very small sampleI was thinking how hard it is to become someone, without becoming someone else.I was thinking that I ve read too many books not to suspect, whenever an appealing sentence occurs to me, that it s not by me.I was thinking that you can put holy water in a battery, so long as god hasn t forgotten to dem tellier s book of epigram deep thoughts funny twisty ideas about birth, living, loving, dying and taking showers.1000 s of answers to the question What are you thinking here is a very small sampleI was thinking how hard it is to become someone, without becoming someone else.I was thinking that I ve read too many books not to suspect, whenever an appealing sentence occurs to me, that it s not by me.I was thinking that you can put holy water in a battery, so long as god hasn t forgotten to demineralize it first.I was thinking how fitting it is that a writer, Edgar Allan Poe, rather than an astrophysicist, worked out why it s dark at night.I was thinking that it would be faramusing if the Nobel Prize for Literature was called the Dynamite Prize for Literature


  5. Victoria H. Victoria H. says:

    First of all, I ll admit I began reading this book based ENTIRELY on the cover I knew nothing of the author, nor what the plot was It has been delightful to jump into the unknown and be quite pleased as a result.I take a morning commute subway train, and before my morning caffeine fix find myself unable to concentrate on complex Kindle books This is a go to read for my sleepy mind.


  6. Charmaine Soh Charmaine Soh says:

    I was thinking HAH get the reference how I really enjoyed this short and light read A thousand thoughts from one man, I liked having a glimpse into someone s else s random thoughts on sex, love, humanity, political situations, authors, everyday things, family, basically anything and everything Some made me feel happy, some sad, while I was also confused at some point in time, I found I could relate to quite a few thoughts that I myself have but never really could put down in words This b I was thinking HAH get the reference how I really enjoyed this short and light read A thousand thoughts from one man, I liked having a glimpse into someone s else s random thoughts on sex, love, humanity, political situations, authors, everyday things, family, basically anything and everything Some made me feel happy, some sad, while I was also confused at some point in time, I found I could relate to quite a few thoughts that I myself have but never really could put down in words This book has shown me how amazing the human mind can be, that even the quirkiest thoughts can be shared between two strangers who live on two ends of the world, living totally different lives Overall a 4.5 5, the 0.5 was lost to repetitiveness and certain times of confusion


  7. Arax Miltiadous Arax Miltiadous says:

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  8. Jan Moens Jan Moens says:

    8,5 10


  9. Amy Amy says:

    3.75, rounded up to 4.


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