Impossible Object (Paperback)
|Author: Nicholas Mosley|
|Impossible Object was the first Nicholas Mosley book that I ever read, and it completely blew me away and led to my obsession with Mosley's work. Over the past decade, I've given this book out to a lot of my friends, talked about it to various booksellers and other readers, and more often than not, they have told me it was a "life changing book." At it's core, this is a book about love, or rather, the impossibility of love. Taken by themselves, each of the eight sections in this book are brilliant: a family plays a game in their basement that ends tragically, a writer in a pub observes the complicated emotional dance of a couple having an affair. But the way that these stories come together is what I most like about this book.|
From the Publisher:
"The object of life is impossible; one cuts out fabrication and creates reality. A mirror is held to the back of the head and one's hand has to move the opposite way from what was intended." In these closing lines from Impossible Object, one has embodied both Nicholas Mosley's subject of love and imagination, as well as his unmatched lyric style. In eight carefully connected stories that are joined by introspective interludes on related subjects, the author pursues the notion, through the lives of a couple seen by different narrators, that "those who like unhappy ends can have them, and those who don't will have to look for them."
Eight stories which appear independent, joined by brief interludes that emphasize recurring themes and tie the stories together into a cohesive whole.
"[B]rilliant prose constructions, combining images and perspectives with a vigor and control reminiscent of the later work of Picasso....These little pieces frame the 'real' action, but the word 'frame' is too inactive to convey how they really operate. Mosley uses his perspectivist parables as a way of generating an emotionally charged field of ideas and attitudes which then cluster around the situations in the 'real' stories, illuminating them with a fabulous phosphorescence." - Robert Scholes New Statesman
"Mosley is one of the most interesting and gifted English novelists writing today and...a truly experimental writer in that he is really trying to make language behave in a way that it has not quite behaved before, really concerned with extending the limits of established techniques to accommodate experiences which, old as they may be, are being freshly re-experienced and modified....The construction of 'Impossible Object' is intricate, and there are times in the earlier pages when you are not quite sure what is happening to whom; but all becomes beautifully clear at the end. The method of switching from one narrator to another, the shifts in time and place, the use of fiction within fiction, is completely justified and the whole thing is moving, witty and continuously absorbing." - Vernon Scannel 09/27/68