Thursday, 14 January 2010

You Shall Know Our Velocity

I am still reading Dave Egger’s first novel, ‘You shall know our Velocity.’
The book is brilliant – I like the subtle experimental techniques – nothing too flash and over the top. We don’t want to scare the reader. This book is about ‘Hands’ and Will as they go on a journey around in the world in seven days (or try) and try to come to terms with their friend’s death. I read on Wikipedia that there are different versions of this book with some characters taken out, etc. I guess its like having a director’s cut.

I think we could make it onto the list of favourite authors. I’ll try another book and see. The list has been cut recently. A lot of my favourite author’s released new books last year. Great, I thought, 2008 was not a great year for exciting books. So, I got the books when they were released in hardback and sat down. I nearly gave up on one and the others did not stir me. I was disappointed. But maybe next time. Everyone has their writing struggles.

Dave’s Egger’s half memoir, half fiction ‘A heartbreaking work of staggering genius’ is now on my wish list.


Sara Crowley said...

I adored "You Shall Know Our Velocity", which I read after the thoroughly wonderful A Heartbreaking Work....

Eggers is one of my favourite writers. He seems to be rather hated by some which I just don't get. I'm not so keen on his flash fictions but am glad that eh experiments with different form.

I haven't heard about there being different versions of Velocity. Weirdness.

Jessie Carty said...

i've only read the lost boys fiction/almost non-fiction that he wrote. good read but a little slow to get into :)

Jessica said...

It sounds like I am definitely going to need to read Heartbreaking work... Better head to the bookshop at lunchtime!