[Pdf / ebook] Perfect Tense by Michael Bracewell


Summary Perfect Tense

Perfect Tense

The anonymous middle aged narrator of Perfect Tense is a man broken on the wheel of office life the great beige wheel of grinding routine the uniform grey carpets the endless buff envelopes Driven by the entropy of the office out of step with the zeitgeist he has begun to uestion his whole generation and his own empty under achieved life in particular Recounting his day at the office one p I can certainly understand the low ratings this book has received from other readers a whole novel ostensibly about the ennui and minute degradations of office life the petty politics mind numbing routines and ugly spaces where the most haunting creature is a spider plant A tone poem of alienation etc But for me the book had the opposite effect I found its desolation weirdly moving I m tempted to describe it as a demotic version of Fernando Pessoa s Book of Disuiet which is admittedly my desperate attempt to convey its dark poetry the way in which something bleakly ordinary can evoke a sense of the numinous Its final pages intimate a genuine very sad epiphanyFor me this book is a minor classic

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Iliar tour of office life which is at once hilarious and profound the comedy of recognition matched by deepening urban anxiety as if TS Eliot had been blessed with Groucho Marx's comic timing One man's unravelling philosophical crisis amid the leaving parties and sandwiches becomes in the hands of Michael Bracewell a metaphysical search for order and purpose deep in the back of a desk draw The musings of a 40 something s wasted office life of an observer than a participant He describes his hobbyambition as being a urban anthropologist Set mostly in 80s90s London It captures a mood but feels as listless as the life described

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Articular day which seems to mimic the coffee mug slogan 'Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life' the narrator scrutinises the arcana of his environment like an urban anthropologist looking for aesthetic or spiritual purpose and finding only print outs and suspension files spider plants and yuccas and polystyrene cupsIn this short brilliant novel we are taken on a terrifyingly fam What would be the right way to convey the non story of a continuous draining boring office routing where everyone is totally dedicated to their work fails and the dread of eating tuna sandwiches every day five days a week for so many years etc etc kicks in Certainly not Perfect Tense Although Michael Bracewell tries to write about boredom comparisons with The Book of Disuiet should end here Perfect Tense turns out to be a boring work of wordiness and participation and thus fake This is a bored person who wants to bore others not a bored person who does not care any about anything The protagonist of this non narrative keeps on describing Tolstoy used to do the same but to good effect presumably to make things anodyne the protagonist keeps using cliches and pompous formulation To make things worse there s a lot of past tense in Perfect Tense would the bored person really care Overall the only thing that saves the book is for me the boredom it inspires while reading Dozing off on your cat s purr however is much rewarding

  • Hardcover
  • 176
  • Perfect Tense
  • Michael Bracewell
  • English
  • 01 October 2019
  • 9780224044516

9 thoughts on “Perfect Tense

  1. says:

    Just following my Bracewell obsession and this book didn't disappoint me at all The main subject I guess would be boring The exact details of working in an office somewhere close to the West End of London Again like his other books you can taste the city by just smelling the page but beyond that this book is of a critiue on modern life tha

  2. says:

    This novel has been sitting on my desk for a few months now Although I finished it a couple of weeks ago I'm still unable to create a mental picture of the main character A bored office clerk with no name an 'anti hero' grey and bland as can be The author did a good job on character development then one could argue but I tend to disagree The novel depicts office life in the most cruel way in all its small an

  3. says:

    I can certainly understand the low ratings this book has received from other readers – a whole novel ostensibly about the ennui and minute degradations of office life – the petty politics mind numbing routines and ugly spaces where the most haunting creature is a spider plant A tone poem of alienation etc But for me the book had the opposite effect I found its desolation weirdly moving – I'm tempted to describe it as a d

  4. says:

    What would be the right way to convey the non story of a continuous draining boring office routing where everyone is totally dedicated to their work fails and the dread of eating tuna sandwiches every day five days a week for so many years etc etc kicks in Certainly not Perfect Tense Although Michael Bracewell tries to write about boredom comparisons with The Book of Disuiet should end here Perfect Tense turns out to

  5. says:

    very well written and the observations of the life under glass of the modern office were spot on I imagine my days at the office as taking place in a sort of diorama where the setting is real only within the confines of the box when you move without it's almost with a listlessness borne as much of the ennui absorbed in the diorama a

  6. says:

    Thought provoking Highly recommend it to those slightly disillusioned about work career and what these two things mean to us office workers these days The writing makes you feel like you're really in the head of the main character

  7. says:

    The musings of a 40 something's wasted office life of an observer than a participant He describes his hobbyambition as being a urban anthropologist Set mostly in 80s90s London It captures a mood but feels as listless as the life described

  8. says:

    Despite lavish praise on the cover from Jonathan Coe David Lode and Morrissey i put this book down at page 58 and fell promptly asl

  9. says:

    A sospirific epiphanic psalm of office life expertly articulating the incoherent pathos of late C20 white collar drudgery

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