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Walking to Hollywood by Will Self
Reading a Will Self book is usually a mind-altering experience, but his latest novel "Walking to Hollywood" goes above and beyond the call of duty for readers who like to stray from the path of conventional thinking and conventional fiction. The book is divided into 3 sections, each of which uses a different narrative style largely shaped by a different psychopathology. To get the best enjoyment, new readers should approach the book without first being told which section is morphed or modulated by which neurological condition. Part Two of the book is like reading a modern day "Tall Tales" story (remember Paul Bunyan?) and makes substantial use of subtext enhancements (much in the way described in the cutnmix review of Brian Fawcett's Public Eye). The third section makes use of a literary device which harkens back to postmodern author Don Delillo's White Noise, wherein the reader is treated to a subjective, stream of consciousness account of the main character's mental deterioration through the internal recitation of a repeating laundry list of items which randomly morphs like a cut-up poem. Compare the two following excerpts and you will quickly get a sense of how this writing technique is similarly used in each:

From Delillo's White Noise:
Eariler Instance:
"Here is my plan. Drive past the scene several times, park some distance from the scene, go back on foot, locate Mr. Gray under his real name or an alias, shoot him three times in the viscera for maximum pain..."
Later Instance:
"The plan was elaborate. Drive past the the scene several times, approach the motel on foot, swivel my head to look peripherally into rooms, locate Mr. Gray under his real name, enter unannounced, gain his confidence, advance gradually, reduce him to trembling, wait for an unguarded moment, take out the .25-caliber Zumwalt automatic, fire three bullets into his viscera for maximum slowness..."

From Self's Walking to Hollywood:
Eariler Instance:
"On my holiday I took with me the fatal flaw of girls in boots with guns, quartzite eyes, a detachable wooden penis, a child's rubber figurine wearing a Churchillian siren suit but with the head of a pig..."
Later Instance:
"On my holiday I took with me the fatal flaw of not altogether caring; a rubber figurine only two or three inches high and clad in a Churchillian siren suit..."
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