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Impossible Object By Nicholas Mosley Impossible Object 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 closi
  • Title: Impossible Object
  • Author: Nicholas Mosley
  • ISBN: 9781564784650
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Impossible Object By Nicholas Mosley 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 connecte 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 The impossible object of the title, the triangle that can exist in two dimensions but not in three, is a controlling symbol for the impossibility of realizing the good life unless one recognizes the impossibility of attaining it only then can it be possible to realize it, through a kind of renunciation, especially in a sophisticated, corrupt, chaotic world Such a provocative theme, comic or tragic by turns, was met by critics in 1968 as brilliant, insightful, intense, and moving, but especially original.
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    1. Nicholas Mosley

      Nicholas Mosley was educated at Eton and Oxford He served in Italy during World War II, and published his first novel, Spaces of the Dark, in 1951 His book Hopeful Monsters won the 1990 Whitbread Award.Mosley was the author of several works of nonfiction, most notably the autobiography Efforts at Truth and a biography of his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, entitled Rules of the Game Beyond the Pale.

    426 thoughts on “Impossible Object”

    1. I have always known life is impossible Stories are symbols in which impossibilities are held.Love is Noise.Love is silence.In love you re human.In love you possess magical powers.In love you shelter yourself.In love, you expose yourself.The impossibility of life The impossibility of love You open a book, read the first few lines and instantly become aware about the promise of beauty the words carry within them This feeling is immediately followed by the sadness at the thought of reaching the las [...]


    2. Gasping for air My dilated pupils losing focus, the letters of the last sentence starting to dance, they become blurred while I keep staring at the last page It can not be, can it I rush back through the pages Let s read it all again Looking for connections, trying to make sense out of this surrealistic random stream of consciousness.Because this is what this novel is, right Some out of sequence snapshots of the everyday tragedies in our domestic lives Round two My glance has fallen prey under t [...]


    3. I have a terrible compulsion to do as much hurt as I can while I can I think this is what love is, an attempt to get what you can t and then to destroy it There s a shred of sanity left which tells you what s happening but this doesn t help, it only means you can t escape it.A beginning with unformed conclusions and a ringing hollowness of all the spaces that have not been filled The narrative is beautiful but splintered, with boundaries that would perpetually remain distant and undefined There [...]


    4. Style is lyrical yet explosive, Implosive Inexplicable Now that I ve solved that let s move on I don t read other reviews first fearing I will be influenced by them After writing my own review I often realize I should have This is a particularly difficult book for me to write about since I was adrift through much of it I laid out numerous dots across the living room floor seeing if I could connect any I don t feel comfortable being adrift yet these are the books I am drawn to This is my reading [...]


    5. There is a danger, or at least a temptation, on a social networking site, to be stalkerish It is very easy to do It is the design of the place, isn t it And perhaps a little dose of narcissism is necessary to curb that tendency I mean the situation in which we are attempting, as amateur readers, to pick and choose books based on what other amateur readers have to say Acknowledged that some of us are in fact not amateur readers But how do we discern what will be for our preference based upon anot [...]


    6. The Object is to Get the Best of Both WorldsI wanted to write you something impossible It occurs to me there are many alternative strategies you can employ to read this novel which was first published in 1968, not that there s any inkling of the Summer of Love So let s start Imagine a spider web There are several ways you can approach a spider web You can encounter it unseen, unexpectedly, and recoil You can detect it shining radiantly in the spring morning sun and admire it You can return later [...]


    7. Mosley is so much than a fascist s son a novelist and critic and historian too As part of the five book Catastrophe Practice series, culminating in his opus Hopeful Monsters, this short novel stands apart from the cows Split into a series of first person narratives that read at first like a sequence of unrelated short stories, the chapters slowly interweave their characters, plotlines, and peculiarities As stand alone stories, these chapters are stylistically exceptional Mosley writes in a poet [...]


    8. Everything in woman is a riddle, and everything in womanhath one solution it is called pregnancy Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, p68Or not.In the Philosophical Department Store there is a whole section dedicated to Impossible Objects, ranging from ones which the imagination is incapable of even representing, to ones whose existence cannot be rationally supported by the logic of this universe, to ones that are impossible because they are composed of an internal contradiction An example of the [...]


    9. How is this book not considered a classic Why has it been buried in relative obscurity As close to perfection as one can get with a novel Beautiful.


    10. I wanted to write you something impossible, like a staircase climbing a spiral to come out where it started or a cube with a vertical line at the back overlapping a horizontal one in front These cannot exist in three dimensions but can be drawn in two by cutting out one dimension a fourth is created The object is that 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.It s imp [...]


    11. A miniature tour de force I was reminded of that in famous Jane Austen quip little bit two Inches wide of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush because what Mosley has achieved in these 219 slim pages,a lesser writer would perhaps take a thousand pages still not come near it Perfectly synchronised in structure content,this book takes a refreshingly clear eyed,unsentimental look at that most mushy of subjects Love.God is dead there has been nothing to replace Him those primeval instincts vio [...]


    12. These desires are in our unconscious we go to great trouble to make them real To me, this was an absolute, in terms of literature at least, in the way Romeo Juliet was an absolute, insuperable high mark on the wall of tragic love and beauty, this takes it for the adult, living self inflicted and vulnerable love that tries to seep through the imposing regulations of a society obsessed with human emotional consistency and simplicity I can t summon the power to imagine a precise indulgence of that [...]


    13. Masterfully constructed, beautifully written, profoundly thought A bona fide masterpiece that I found impossible to put down, right up to the devastating, perfectly controlled, conclusion.


    14. Impossible Object very nearly won the first Booker Prize in 1969 Two of the judges including the renowned literary critic Frank Kermode favoured it, but were soon silenced by the others it seems a particularly impossible one objected.I waited a long time to get hold of a copy It is an old book so I was in no hurry, but it intrigued me the way the library copy I was waiting for was continuously out on loan for several years apparently someone was constantly renewing it, unable to let go Why It s [...]


    15. Joyce s Ulysses casts a long shadow on 20th century literature, as evidenced in this late 60 s collection of interlinked short stories The thread throughout is the impossible object of romantic love its delicacy, vulnerability, and ultimately, the impossibility of sustaining love amidst the realities of the everyday world.Why mention Ulysses This book is segmented into 17 sections 8 short stories separated and book ended by nine italicized, interstitial passages, which don t quite correspond to [...]


    16. Shiza Another live one.The Buddhist monk asks, What is the opposite of death and the layperson almost certainly answers most certainly, Life at which point the monk explains what only then seems obvious The opposite of death is birth Life, we are here told overtly, is the impossible object While it has these seeming ends that we desperately speculate will trick its subject through dimension like the impossible connections of an MC Escher drawing , we don t really know what it is or what its opp [...]


    17. So long, 1968 No one misses you.youtube watch v zUrqUThe writing is lovely The stories are beautifully entwined But it can t be ignored that the Impossible Object is not just life, not just love, but women Women are objects in this book men wanted to see women as goddesses or prostitutes because these are men s own projections and they have to find objects to accept them or else their own nature becomes unbearable I had wanted to go to the south alone, because when travelling in Arab countries t [...]


    18. When you fall in love you don t want to get what you want, or how could you be in love with it Do we love out of narcissism Masochism Do we truly desire the one for whom we claim we would willingly lay down our life, or is there a selfish motive at work Why do we continually place ourselves in vulnerable positions, time and time again and is not loving one of the most vulnerable of all positions despite the lacerations, the recollections, and the bodily wounds that would have it otherwise There [...]


    19. One of the best books I have ever read It was like having a private chat with Love itself Mosley is a magician Breathtakingly beautiful


    20. An extraordinary novel of male female relationships, which expresses emotional complexity with unexpected similes, suddenly shifting perspectives and non sequiturs that reveal characters viewpoints in startling ways, like haikus Dense and allusive, the novel is grounded concretely in the world by its imagery yet its metaphors open space for contemplation, and the author s surprising, original use of constantly changing viewpoint to describe relationships pays off again and again, as, just when t [...]


    21. I wanted to write you something impossible, like a staircase climbing a spiral to come out where it started or a cube with a vertical line at the back overlapping a horizontal one in front These cannot exist in three dimensions but can be drawn in two by cutting out one dimension a fourth is created The object is that 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 Obviousl [...]


    22. This might be the best book I ve read in the last year Hell, it might be one of the best books I ve ever read The structure is perfect stories written by characters inside the real story, all revolving around the impossible object love The style is beautiful amazingly beautiful Some lines I found There was the shop where we usedto buy bread and milk wire fencing like a tennis court Lightsdropped like seeds into pools She used to stand on tip toe to kiss me We kept things difficult to maintain th [...]


    23. Mosley s prose flows like poetry and abounds with some of the most beautiful and horrifying metaphors Love and war are central themes throughout the book The short stories are all connected sometimes in absurd ways The stories are short, but the material is densely packed, but you will find yourself rewarded if you put some time into this book.


    24. Imagine a European arthouse film from, say, 1967 shot with muted violence among eucalyptus trees and haggard beach in a wintry Morocco of the mind spare and detached with jump cuts and central figures decentered and alienated by awkward camera angles and urban, lonely spaces Perhaps the film is part of the countercultural whirlwind of late 60s Britain directed by a young Nic Roeg and starring Stanley Baker and Julie Christie Perhaps Of course, one Mosley novel was adapted for the screen by Harol [...]


    25. Nicholas Mosley once said in an interview, I m a novelist I want to try to write a novel that says, how can one handle this extraordinary thing about life, the way that sadness and happiness are sort of intermingled Impossible Object is this novel it is a book of opposites People can possess both good and bad qualities life can taste so sweet and so bitter almost simultaneously.This book is thought provoking and sad and beautiful There is passion and turmoil and the search for understanding Impo [...]


    26. Impossible Object is written to communicate impossibility So let me warn you If you are looking for clear plots with properly constructed characters, this one will really annoy you.The book consists of several nicely written episodes Sometimes there is a connection between them, sometimes overlaps and sometimes they contradict At least there are three narrators and all three are writers of some sort In the context of book, what is fiction and what is real is indistinguishable Often, Love is main [...]


    27. 3 Stars Woolf by way of Faulkner but like a mashup of their minor works not necessarily in terms of setting or style but in terms of a sort of inheritance of tone mood It s hard not to like some sections of this book a little but it s also difficult to properly fall in love with it as a whole An extra star simply for A Morning in the Life of Intelligent People.


    28. Would I recommend it No I found it a bit difficult to get into and I found it all a bit irritating, though I can t ignore the relationship messages which are quite powerful.


    29. Poetic and cruel Great line Cleanliness is next to godliness they are both the killing of microbes May make you irritable suicidal.



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