Syöpäläiset

Syöpäläiset Kindle ´ Hardcover
    Syöpäläiset Kindle ´ Hardcover liittyv t pelot ja pakkomielteet ovat h nen ominta alaansa Consumed on h nen esikoisromaaninsa, mukaansatempaava mysteeritarina mutta my s painava puheenvuoro alati kiihtyv st kulutushysteriasta ja teknologian ehtym tt m st vuosta Kirja on jo ennen ilmestymist n her tt nyt ennenn kem t nt kiinnostusta ymp ri maailmaa, ja sen k nn soikeudet on myytymaahan Cronenberg haluaa erottaa kirjansa elokuvistaan t ysin, ja se onkin paljon enemm n kuin elokuvan kirjallinen versio H n aikoo kuitenkin tehd kirjaa varten oman mainoselokuvan Like julkaisee k nn ksen mahdollisimman samanaikaisesti alkuteoksen kanssa."/>
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About the Author: David Cronenberg

Syöpäläiset Kindle ´ Hardcover syöpäläiset kindle, SyöpäläisetSyöpäläiset EpubDavid Paul Cronenberg is a Canadian film director and occasional actorHe is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre This style of filmmaking explores people s fears of bodily transformation and infection In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physicalIn the first half of his career, Cronenberg explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, culminating in his visceral and emotional remake of The Fly , with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, followed by Dead Ringers , with Jeremy Irons in the lead roleCronenberg has worked with Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence , Eastern Promises , both crime thrillers, and period drama A Dangerous Method , also with Michael Fassbender Promotheus and Keira Knightley, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars , also featuring Julianne Moore Consumed is the first novel by Cronenberg.


SyöpäläisetSyöpäläiset Kindle ´ Hardcover syöpäläiset kindle, SyöpäläisetSyöpäläiset EpubMaestro Cronenbergin esikoisromaani on mielikuvituksella ilotteleva t ysiverinen mysteeritarinaKanadalaiset rakastavaiset Nathan ja Naomi tapaavat hektisen ty ns takia l hinn kansainv lisill lentokentill ja hotelleissa Muina aikoina he uppoutuvat toisiinsa lypuhelinten ja tablettien v lityksell Molemmat ovat arvostettuja valokuvajournalisteja ja valmiit lent m n hyv n jutun per ss maailman riin Naomi l htee Pariisiin tutkimaan kuuluisan filosofin murhaa, johon vaikuttaa liittyv n my s kannibalismia Nathanilla puolestaan on Budapestissa kuvattavanaan rintasy p leikkaus, jossa potilaaseen istutetaan radioaktiivisia kuulia He tempautuvat juttuihinsa mukaan liian intensiivisesti huomatakseen olevansa vain pelinappuloita jonkun toisen suunnittelemassa peliss pohjoiskorealaisessa vakoiluskandaalissaDavid Cronenberg son kanadalainen elokuvaohjaaja, k sikirjoittaja ja n yttelij H nen tunnetumpiin ohjauksiinsa kuuluvat Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Crashja K rp nenH nelt on totuttu odottamaan h tk hdytt vi elokuvia, ja erityisesti ihmiskehoon liittyv t pelot ja pakkomielteet ovat h nen ominta alaansa Consumed on h nen esikoisromaaninsa, mukaansatempaava mysteeritarina mutta my s painava puheenvuoro alati kiihtyv st kulutushysteriasta ja teknologian ehtym tt m st vuosta Kirja on jo ennen ilmestymist n her tt nyt ennenn kem t nt kiinnostusta ymp ri maailmaa, ja sen k nn soikeudet on myytymaahan Cronenberg haluaa erottaa kirjansa elokuvistaan t ysin, ja se onkin paljon enemm n kuin elokuvan kirjallinen versio H n aikoo kuitenkin tehd kirjaa varten oman mainoselokuvan Like julkaisee k nn ksen mahdollisimman samanaikaisesti alkuteoksen kanssa.

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  1. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Speaking the words seemed to release them into a void in which they could evaporate unexpectedly writing them seemed to encase them safely within our skulls, where they could leisurely ripen Aristide and Celestine Arosteguy are celebrated French philosophers as famous for their sexual escapades as for their contributions to a fundamental better understanding of life They are no longer in their prime, but their attraction for each other is still sustaining, in fact, it is evolvingI at firs Speaking the words seemed to release them into a void in which they could evaporate unexpectedly writing them seemed to encase them safely within our skulls, where they could leisurely ripen Aristide and Celestine Arosteguy are celebrated French philosophers as famous for their sexual escapades as for their contributions to a fundamental better understanding of life They are no longer in their prime, but their attraction for each other is still sustaining, in fact, it is evolvingI at first willed my aesthetic for womanly beauty to change in order to accommodate her transformation, so that she remained as beautiful and desirable as ever before, though she was different And the difference itself became provocative and exciting, as though sex with her was also sex with a new, exotic person who demanded new sexual protocols and new perversities until I didn t have to will that change any because that aesthetic had permanently changed So instead of going out and finding a younger version of Celestine, Arosteguy evolved his conception of female beauty to include the very natural changes that aging creates in the body Celestine is still beautiful and sexy even in her early sixtiesCelestine s body had reminded Naomi of the famous sequence of photos of the nude Simone de Beauvoir taken by the American photographer Art Shay in a Chicago apartment s bathroom They both had the same good muscular rump, slightly heavy legs showing age puckering behind the knees, and slim waist There is a great interview with Simone de Beauvoir that also has the pictures that Art Shay took of her The pictures that Naomi are referencing are at the bottom of the interview Here is the link is going fine They are having sex with pretty much everyone they want to People are enad with them or maybeso with their reputations There is certainly curiosity about what it would be like to have sex with the celebrated couple After all, with those brilliant minds and their vast experiences, sex would have to reach some new plateau unreachable with an average sexual partner Did I say everything was going fine Well, except for the fact that Celestine is convinced that a hive of insects is nested in her left breast This disturbance in her head is not Apotemnophilia or Body Integrity Identity Disorder, but it is certainly some subset of those mental illnesses Things spiral out of control in ways that only two elite, intellectual minds can conceive Nathan is a medical journalist who chases down unusual stories regarding illness His girlfriend Naomi is also a journalist who looks for any stories of the weird or the bizarre They are neurotically tech savvy David Cronenberg highlights gadgets even mentioning the brand names and all those beautifully reassuring letters and numbers designating the model number This was annoying to some reviewers, but for me it just lentauthenticity to the fact that these two journalists are serious tech nerds Naomi is chasing down the story on Arosteguy in Japan Nathan is in Toronto temporarily staying with a Doctor Roiphe who is famous for lending his name to an STD that Nathan recently acquired while sleeping with someone he was writing about Naomi and Nathan both believe in being embedded or should I say emBEDded with their sources The stories of both reporters overlap when Roiphe s daughter proves to be connected with Celestine and Arosteguy Chase Roiphe has a particular disorder that has her slicing off pieces of her body sushi style Yeah, anything you can think of, someone is doing it to themselves for entertainment purposes Nathan and Naomi are exchanging reports about what they are discovering about their sources Both are starting to have thoughts they ve never had before The association with these people, who are beyond just uninhibited, are having detrimental influences These people are psychologically damaged to the point that nothing can just be normal any Everything has to be a stretched to new levels of sensory excessHis hands were powerful around her long neck Her face was twisted into a beautiful, open mouthed, terrifying expression of ecstasy, and the fantasy Nathan knew that it was the end of sex, that there could be nosex after this sex Pushing the boundaries are fun It releases all kinds of cool chemicals in our brains and gives us a sense of euphoria that can become a drug Some people have to physically work out every day, sometimes several times a day, because endorphins are like candy to their brains Dopamine plays a role in every addiction we have When dating your spouse you were probably floating in a sea of dopamine you dope If you wonder why your wife looked like Ingrid Bergman for the first two years you knew herwell you probably need to blame dopamine If your husband looked like Cary Grantwell that was probably dopamine too Regarding your relationship if you hear yourself sayingI must have been crazyyou probably were, or at least dopamine was giving everything a soft focus that impaired your ability to make rational decisions.It s okay though, it is all part of nature s plan for reproduction So what happens if you have done everything you can think of to trigger all those wonderful chemicals in your brain Nothing is working any Desperation is now your sidecar companion You are doing things you would have never considered doing before and they are starting to feel not only acceptable, but normal You are addicted to deviant behavior David Cronenberg is best known for being a Hollywood director His films tend to focus on body horror A great example is Jeff Goldblum in The Fly I ve also watched his films History of Violence and Crash, but I realized as I was researching his body of work, before reading this book, that there are several films of his that I still need to see In this book he certainly continues to explore his obsession with what can happen to the human body, to the human mind, and what horrors we are capable of perpetrating on ourselves This book was strangely compelling I could not stop reading it despite at times shuddering over the gruesome depiction of events The ending felt a little abrupt, not that he left things dangling, I just could have used a fewpages to let my jumbled neurons relax and a cool down period to let my tensed muscles unclench This book will unnerve you, but at the same time it is a cautionary tale about letting your mind and your desire take you too far If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a 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  2. Janie C. says:

    This book is a multidimensional rollercoaster ride into a hallway of warped mirrors Nothing is as it seems We begin with a sensationalistic news story and two overly eager journalists who would sell theirs souls for a good angle The narrative continues by splitting up into surreal and bizarre directions which defy rationality and linearity Paranoia, conspiracy theories, treachery and madness lead us further into the funhouse Human grotesqueries and detailed sexual scenes are described with This book is a multidimensional rollercoaster ride into a hallway of warped mirrors Nothing is as it seems We begin with a sensationalistic news story and two overly eager journalists who would sell theirs souls for a good angle The narrative continues by splitting up into surreal and bizarre directions which defy rationality and linearity Paranoia, conspiracy theories, treachery and madness lead us further into the funhouse Human grotesqueries and detailed sexual scenes are described with as much precision as the technological tools that so slickly define reality The reader is plunged into foreign countries and equally foreign aspects of obsession and delusion While the plot tends to meander at times, and the coincidences occasionally approach implausibility, there is a dangerous lure of possibility that satisfied this reader.Many thanks to my friend Edward Lorn for reading this with me, and special thanks to the person who gifted me this book

  3. Joe Valdez says:

    Consumed is the debut novel by filmmaker David Cronenberg, whose body of work includes such landmark films as Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises This novel, published in 2014, might satisfy fans of the Canadian director, those who thrill at bizarre, often gruesome studies of mutation and the fusion of biology with technology I found it as sterile and nauseating as watching a surgery and seeingthan I wanted to It s less of a novel tha Consumed is the debut novel by filmmaker David Cronenberg, whose body of work includes such landmark films as Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises This novel, published in 2014, might satisfy fans of the Canadian director, those who thrill at bizarre, often gruesome studies of mutation and the fusion of biology with technology I found it as sterile and nauseating as watching a surgery and seeingthan I wanted to It s less of a novel than it is a bad dream brought on by spicy foods.The story concerns Information Age freelancers Naomi Seberg and Nathan Math, who practice yellow journalism at its most sensational Naomi s specialty is crime Nathan s is medicine Professional partners as well as sexual, the couple are obsessed with buying discounted consumer electronics and camera equipment in airports We meet them as Nathan phones Naomi from Budapest, where he s missing a 1055mm macro lens he needs for a story on a black market organ clinic Naomi, who borrowed the lens, is in Paris, where she s meeting a clandestine contact for information on a grisly murder rocking the news.The victim is C lestine Moreau Arosteguy, a sixty two year old French philosopher and national treasure along with her husband, sixty seven year old philosopher Aristide Arosteguy C lestine s remains were found in the couple s apartment and cannibalism is believed to be involved Arosteguy left France for a lecture tour of Japan three days before his wife was found His location remains unknown Naomi s contact is a French bad boy named Herv Blomqvist, one of C lestine s former students and lovers Stripping for Naomi to model his peculiarly bent male anatomy, she refuses to sleep with him, but does allow Herv to put her in touch with someone in Japan who can get her to see Arosteguy.In Budapest, Nathan observes a rogue surgeon preparing a multiple lumpectomy on a Slovenian patient named Dunja, whose breast cancer is being radically treated by radioactive pellets Following the procedure, neither Dunja s sex drive or Nathan s morality prevent them from engaging in unsafe sex, with the patient confident that Nathan s fetish for disease makes her desirable to him Meeting Naomi in Amsterdam, Nathan s mind drifts into fantasies of C lestine Arosteguy and eating Naomi s breast She takes some photos of his penis with her iPhone and departs for Japan Nathan receives a call from Dunja notifying him that she s tested positive for an STD she calls Roiphe s Disease.En route to Japan, Naomi receives a call from Nathan, who s in Toronto with a new story His subject is Dr Barry Roiphe, who diagnosed the STD bearing his name in the 60s and faded into obscurity after it was supposedly eradicated Nathan mentions that he s probably contracted Roiphe s and given it to Naomi Her anger with Nathan as well as her attraction to Ari prompts Naomi to surrender to his seductions and move in with the man who may or may not have eaten his wife Nathan accepts an offer from Dr Roiphe to move in with him and his beguiling daughter Chase, who was a student of Arosteguy s Nathan and Naomi learn their stories are part of one big story.Keywords for Consumed include Marxism Cannibalism 3 D printing Venereal disease transmittal Cannes Film Festival North Korea Nikon products Apotemnophilia sexual attraction to amputees Noodles and shrimp Japanese cuisine Misshapen penises I d like to be a David Cronenberg fan I gave it another shot here I want to be able to say that Dead Ringers is a grossly overlooked film I d like to be able to report that I watched Rabid and dug it It s not only that Consumed is quite often bizarre and occasionally sick, but worse, it s boring There s a clinical aloofness and tech obsession to it that I d expect from a nutritionist, or maybe a navigation app, but when it comes to movies or books, that s really not my thing I want a narrative where each scene resonates emotionally with the last and the sum of those scenes make me think or feel something I hadn t before.There s a catastrophic info dump in this novel, pages 176 233, where Cronenberg shifts the narration to Arosteguy as this character tells Naomi whether he killed his wife And it absolutely kills the book Arosteguy tells us about Cannes, tells us about insect religion, tells us about North Korean agents and talks about intellectuals with diseased minds and access to too much Internet The telling goes on and on and on and you know what If Marvin the Martian is watching Earth and examining human beings who in any way resemble David Cronenberg characters, he s right, we don t deserve to survive Blow me up Put me out of my misery

  4. Edward Lorn says:

    If you get your book recommendations from me, I would like for you to read the next four paragraphs If you re here for the review, scroll down until you see REVIEW STARTS HERE Thanks.Friends who joke about me steering them wrong are not the topic of conversation today.We all have our breaking points Mine came yesterday in the form of 12 negative comments and three reviews written by friends, or at least those I am well enough acquainted with here on Goodreads to call friends Only one person If you get your book recommendations from me, I would like for you to read the next four paragraphs If you re here for the review, scroll down until you see REVIEW STARTS HERE Thanks.Friends who joke about me steering them wrong are not the topic of conversation today.We all have our breaking points Mine came yesterday in the form of 12 negative comments and three reviews written by friends, or at least those I am well enough acquainted with here on Goodreads to call friends Only one person called me out by name, but the other two alluded enough with their prominent author reviewer and authorknown for his reviews than his own work comments All three of these reviews were of a book I d recently read, and because the one who mentioned me by name buddy read with the other two, well, I just put one and two together Point taken, assholes I hope the block button works this time.I received a total of 23 comments yesterday, and over half were mean spirited or downright fucking ugly I deleted the ugly ones, as I usually do I m not naming names here either If you re that interested I m sure you can find out who and what I m talking about Usually, I let this shit go Just like negative reviews of my work, I just chalk it up to people s opinions, which I cannot, nor would I want to, change But yesterday was too much for even me to handle So the assholes won and I wrote a ragey little review in this space If you read it, I meant what I said I m not taking that back Stop blaming me for books you don t like You re a fucking adult and you re responsible for your own goddamn money I don t write reviews to sell books I write them because I find them entertaining, and other people seem to like them, so I make them public If you buy a book because I liked it, that s your choice But if you continue to buy books I like and continue to dislike them and then bitch about how I recommended it, I m going to be frank and call you a fucking moron You re Bart Simpson grabbing for that electrified piece of cheese again and again and again Obviously you don t have the processing speed to compute that you and I don t like the same shit It s certainly not a problem with me REVIEW STARTS HEREI don t have much to say about the book other than I enjoyed it and that I understand why people didn t like it Consumed is definitely a polarizing experience Hell, even I hated it until the last hundred pages I kept saying to myself, If he manages to pull all these threads together I m giving him five stars Well, Cronenberg came through by the end, but something still niggled me I ll highlight that in the spoiler section In summation Sorry that I don t have much to say about this mindtrip, but I feel that mentioning even what s in the synopsis would be a spoiler Enjoy or hate it for yourself I dug it by the end.Final Judgment As good, if not better, than his movies.Spoiler discussion view spoiler Nathan catches STD from Dunja, who was Molnar s patient, and ends up giving Naomi the disease Because of this, he goes looking for Roiphe, finds him and his daughter Chase, who has the 3D printing press While this is going on, Naomi meets Question Mark Cock Herve Blomquist Molnar Romme Vernegaal Already can t remember lol , who directs her to Astroglide She flies to Japan and interviews Astroglide about killing and eating Celestine Cue flashbacks in first person of Astroglide s life and his super duper hearing aids One boobectomy later, Celestine disappears Question Mark Cock and Astroglide conspire with Chase to build a fake Celestine with her 3D printer for a faux cannibal photo shoot French police might or might not know Celestine isn t dead, but they want to extradite Astroglide anyway, so he dips out to North Korea because Japan is considering letting them Naomi goes mad for some fucking reason while Nathan digs up all the clues and puts everything together Here s my biggest beef with the whole production Cut out Nathan s convoluted journey and you re left with a pretty succinct story Nathan s sections served as a root to reality While Naomi is over here losing her mind, Nathan is centered and collecting data That s great, but the catalyst to this whole section is the reliance on Nathan going after Roiphe, which hinges on him catching the disease from Dunya, which relied on her talking him out of using a condom, which relied on him wanting to fuck her in the first place If I remember correctly, her body was like the female version of the elephant man, all covered in tumors That seemed like a pretty thin, extremely convoluted way to get Nathan into the story Not unbelievable, just overdone in my opinion hide spoiler

  5. Maciek says:

    David Cronenberg is a film director who needs no introduction, and Consumed is his first novel It s a difficult book to write about Consumed is an esoteric, cinematic thriller, full of references to and observations about many different topics, its setting switching constantly between the countries and continents of the world.It s hard to not see Consumed as a book written by a film director the novel is very cinematic in scope, sweeping across great cities of the world as it follows two jou David Cronenberg is a film director who needs no introduction, and Consumed is his first novel It s a difficult book to write about Consumed is an esoteric, cinematic thriller, full of references to and observations about many different topics, its setting switching constantly between the countries and continents of the world.It s hard to not see Consumed as a book written by a film director the novel is very cinematic in scope, sweeping across great cities of the world as it follows two journalists on a quest to discover the true nature of Aristide Arosteguy, a philosopher suspected of murdering and eating his wife But as the novel moves forward, Arosteguy moves into the background and Consumed becomes the stage for the author s many interests the relationship between philosophy, technology and sex being just a small part of them Much of the book borders on voyeurism both characters are photojournalists, and the process of taking photographs is almost fetishized as the world of Consumed at times seems to be almost a dark reflection seen through a lens, and something even Cronenberg wouldn t be allowed to capture on film.Still, for all its many interesting threads from Marxist philosophy, East West differences, NIkon cameras and even North Korea Consumed is largely disorganized and without a clear path to connect all threads Its plot moves swiftly but chaotically, asking many questions but answering very few I think it s a novel with potential for a small but dedicated cult following comprised of those willing to devote enough time to untangle all that Cronenberg has put in it but it has left me disappointed and feeling numb

  6. Rebecca McNutt says:

    Consumed, set in the modern age, proves that David Cronenberg is capable of muchthan just directing films, but also creating entire horrific worlds playing on the subconscious fears of society.

  7. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    Could he really say anything about classical concepts of art, and therefore beauty, being based on harmony, as opposed to modern theories, post industrial revolution, post psychoanalysis, based on sickness and dysfunction The master of body horror, David Cronenberg, has written an esoteric debut novel that proves that the director is confident with a narrative story beyond dialogue and images He allows the reader to form the visuals themselves that he graphically describes in print Cronenber Could he really say anything about classical concepts of art, and therefore beauty, being based on harmony, as opposed to modern theories, post industrial revolution, post psychoanalysis, based on sickness and dysfunction The master of body horror, David Cronenberg, has written an esoteric debut novel that proves that the director is confident with a narrative story beyond dialogue and images He allows the reader to form the visuals themselves that he graphically describes in print Cronenberg leaves some psychological motivations to the imagination, but as far as vivid body mutilation, not much is left to ponder there He captures it, almost casually, raw, and sometimes with an absurd delicacy It isn t for the weak of stomach or the faint of heart And, like certain exotic diets, it won t go down or digest well with everybody.Two photojournalist lovers, Naomi and Nathan, often communicate through their technology because they are usually traveling for work at different ends of the world Here, Naomi is in Paris investigating a celebrity academic couple, Aristide and C lestine Arosteguy, existential and possibly nihilistic philosophers An allegation that Aristide has killed his wife, mutilated her, and eaten her, is being investigated Meanwhile, Nathan travels to Budapest to photograph an unlicensed surgeon perform cutting edge surgery on a young woman with breast cancer How these two stories finally connect is through people, technology, a rare STD, North Korea, global politics, cannibalism, Body Integrity Disorder particularly apotemnophilia and Cronenberg s active, vivid imagination about the concept of beauty and artistic innovation.Cronenberg pulls off a quasi linear narrative albeit with some accessible jumps back in time to reveal history that, while shocking, failed to really seduce me while I was reading it, fascinating though it was It was cold, cerebral, and detached However, I waited several days to write this review to see how it would linger in me My conclusion is that the director was effective in transmitting florid and shadowy images behind my eyes, even as the characters fade And, as a film director, it is what he does best He frightens through hyper surrealism, and leaves you with fears beyond the savage acts of his characters The finale is both coy and suggestive, which conveys that the horror of being monitored, of privacy quashed by a terroristic government, may not be many steps apart from our society of social media fetishism The crimes and the criminals have some blurry lines to navigate, and our obsession with images, the other, and social media have consequences.There are many themes to explore here, and Cronenberg is no doubt an intrepid genius and techno obsessed especially Apple and Nikon I have to admit, though, that I didn t enjoy this book, but was riveted by his combo of psychological and body horror, and felt compelled to see where it was going Like watching surgery on LSD I did feel that Cronenberg s characters are largely straw like the relationships often felt contrived selected only to further his themes and harrowing plot Aristide did come alive, as did Sophie Roiphe, at intervals But it was not enough to convince me to empathize Of the Davids, I prefer Lynch.This is certainly a filmic book, in the Cronenberg esque vintage way And this may appeal to certain fans of the macabre But, it is a matter of taste It went down hard and cold for me

  8. Jonfaith says:

    I remember reading about Calvin Klein s daughter Every time she pulled down a lover s pants, she was confronted by her father s name on the band of his underwear A total sex killer.I should ve known better It was about this time last year that I stumbled into Night Film There is something about the holidays which suggests or portends a post modern rendering of the Uncanny If my wife hadn t been sleeping, I would ve screamed upon completing this If I had been stupid enough to buy it, I woul I remember reading about Calvin Klein s daughter Every time she pulled down a lover s pants, she was confronted by her father s name on the band of his underwear A total sex killer.I should ve known better It was about this time last year that I stumbled into Night Film There is something about the holidays which suggests or portends a post modern rendering of the Uncanny If my wife hadn t been sleeping, I would ve screamed upon completing this If I had been stupid enough to buy it, I would ve thrown it out the front door and onto the rainswept street, allowing nature to pulp it appropriately That s enough, I don t want to think about this any Though it is coincidence that the novel s plot has a great deal in common with the recent hacking incident at Sony

  9. Bryan Alexander says:

    Let me unbox you Aristide Arosteguy This is a novel best suited to two audiences those looking for innovative horror, and people interested in visionary possibilities of new media It would also be good for fans of first time novelist David Cronenberg s work in film, but I suspect they d fall into the first two categories I fall into all three, being a lifelong Cronenberg fan since I first saw the mad genius of Videodrome Consumed is, as one might expect from the author, a challLet me unbox you Aristide Arosteguy This is a novel best suited to two audiences those looking for innovative horror, and people interested in visionary possibilities of new media It would also be good for fans of first time novelist David Cronenberg s work in film, but I suspect they d fall into the first two categories I fall into all three, being a lifelong Cronenberg fan since I first saw the mad genius of Videodrome Consumed is, as one might expect from the author, a challenging and strange book I can describe the plot like this two journalists investigate a Parisian crime, wherein a husband killed and ate part of his wife The former couple were influential philosophers, C lestine and Aristide Arosteguy, and a cute parody of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir They made waves with a theory of consumer society hence one meaning of the title Naomi and Nathan are lovers and colleagues, fellow gadget hounds, but they usually live apart, and follow their joint inquiry along separate, parallel lines.What follows is a picaresque or road trip, as the two N s travel the world Paris, Japan, Canada, Hungary, Cannes, Holland Cronenberg teasingly refuses to give us much local color, offering instead the thin, usually tech mediated views of our protagonists, or sketches of the people they meet.So much for the plot s initial action But I d also need to tell youabout the book s style Consumed adores its surfaces and fetishes It lovingly describes clothing, technologies, record covers oh yes , body parts, and interior decorating exactly as far as major characters obsess over them Technology looms large this is very much a novel about modern digital devices and how we intimately use them Consumed is also about pushing against discussing awkward or awful topics, mostly in a horrific way Without spoilering too much, I can mention offhandedly cannibalism, murder, autocannibalism, apotemnophilia, acrotomophilia, deformed body parts, sexually transmitted diseases, cancerous body parts, and medical fetishism Which brings us back to Cronenberg s tone He doesn t revel in these topics, but comes to them thoughtfully, from a character s mind, almost and sometimes literally clinically.Back to the plot, and now I must hide some words, because after about 40% of the book Naomi meets view spoiler Aristide Arosteguy, and the first plot halts while we dive into this character and his backstories This sets up the final third of the book, a surprise plot involving C lestine Arosteguy, one of her old lovers, the North Korean film scene, insects as fetish and metaphor and political plot, hacking hearing aids by signals coded in old LPs , and an arcane conspiracy This could easily have become a standalone story North Korea looms large, ultimately, although that s one country we don t visit, and Rom a character whose viewpoint we never obtain We end in uncertainty, many plot threads left hanging in the air Things look bad for shanghai d Naomi and for Nathan, about to receive an unpleasant visit There are hints of an ideology or even prophetic faith arising around the perhaps dead Arosteguys hide spoiler In a sense Consumed is an update of Videodrome, a deep dive into our current media obsessions and how they warp and delight ourselves Naomi was in the screen is how it begins In a sense this is about limitation, especially by the end Yet Cronenberg isn t simply a techno skeptic, at least not in the text he s too fond of devices and their powers He sees their depths, and shares them with us through his well informed, perverse vision.It s also a horror novel by any stretch of the term There s body horror, dread, suspense, and even a touch of something deeper by the end.It is also funny, although not everyone laughs with me There are running gags, like many characters obsession with landing a New Yorker story, or in Naomi and Nathan s banter, or nearly everything the bad Hungarian surgeon says.I d recommend this to the audiences mentioned above NB I didn t read Consumed, but listened to it as audiobook William Hurt does a terrific job overall, handling a wide range of accents He seems especially at home with Aristide Arosteguy s voice Early on Hurt inserts odd, non Shatnerian pauses into sentences that disconcert, but this ceases by the middle of the book It s a pleasure to listen to

  10. Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine) says:

    This book is an intense, bizarre reading experience which amazes and enthralls the reader from the beginning till the end Get ready to dive into the depraved and grotesque world, created by the notorious film director, David Cronenberg who makes his debut in literature and he certainly doesn t disappoint his loyal cinema audience The main theme of the novel is Cronenberg s obsession with the relationship between humans and technology, the possibility of mechanical prosthetics to radically tran This book is an intense, bizarre reading experience which amazes and enthralls the reader from the beginning till the end Get ready to dive into the depraved and grotesque world, created by the notorious film director, David Cronenberg who makes his debut in literature and he certainly doesn t disappoint his loyal cinema audience The main theme of the novel is Cronenberg s obsession with the relationship between humans and technology, the possibility of mechanical prosthetics to radically transform the human character and behavior, and the nexus of sexuality and machines Cronenberg explored the above subjects in various films which he directed and, for the most part, written such as Crash 1996 , Videodrome 1983 and eXistenZ 1999 Consumed tells the story of Naomi and Nathan, two journalists and lovers who try to uncover the truth behind an extremely disturbing crime, the murder, and dismemberment of the wife of a world famous Greek French philosopher, Aristide Arosteguy in Paris This the basic premise of the plot which becomes weirder and weirder as the reader is confronted by brutal, nevertheless very well written, brutal descriptions of cannibalistic actions, innermost sexual fantasies and dark thoughts by the unlikable characters I read in many reviews a harsh critique on the sterilized and dissociative way of Cronenberg s writing manner but I think that the style of Consumed is the most appropriate as the story and the messages that the writer wishes to impart demand a distanced approach There is also a bit of information on the subject of philosophy scattered in the text with references to great Western thinkers Overall, Consumed is not a book for the uninitiated readers who are not familiar with David Cronenberg s work On the other hand the devoted fans of his films will definitely enjoy it