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Dot in the Universe

Dot in the Universe It s your worst nightmare instead of being dead you re alive Dot thinks she s perfect with her blond hair pointy nose and pink skin She lives on the east coast of England with her magnificent hubb

  • Title: Dot in the Universe
  • Author: Lucy Ellmann
  • ISBN: 9780747568032
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s your worst nightmare instead of being dead, you re alive Dot thinks she s perfect, with her blond hair, pointy nose, and pink skin She lives on the east coast of England with her magnificent hubby, cooking him gourmet meals and crashing the car So one day she decides to End It All But Dot BLOWS it After a brief sojourn in the underworld populated by underaged, uIt s your worst nightmare instead of being dead, you re alive Dot thinks she s perfect, with her blond hair, pointy nose, and pink skin She lives on the east coast of England with her magnificent hubby, cooking him gourmet meals and crashing the car So one day she decides to End It All But Dot BLOWS it After a brief sojourn in the underworld populated by underaged, underdeveloped underlings all, understated in their undershirts and UNDERSTANDING VERY LITTLE , Dot is reincarnated, first as a possum, and then as a girl in Ohio A hilarious and poignant journey through our puny universe, this is a masterpiece of disquiet.

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    1. Lucy Ellmann’s 2003 novel Dot in the Universe is a blistering tour de force of splenetic human insight, knee-bending satire, relentless stylistic abuse, and profound intelligence.The novel centres around Dot – a semi-human shell devoid of any discernible life. Dot is a speck of nothingness aware of her basic insignificance in the cosmos and her status as merely another ‘dot’ in the universe. She ekes out a depressive bourgeois existence in the suburb of Jaywick Sands (which is routinely [...]

    2. I can’t RESIST writing a review in the style of THIS weird-ass book, as after two HUNDRED PAGES you start THINKING like the deranged narrator and can’t STOP. Words are capitalised RANDOMLY throughout. That’s odd enough, but now imagine the WORST-TEMPERED person ever, who is FED UP to the back TEETH and complaining about PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING, who won MISS CONTEMPTUOUS UBERGRUMP four years running, but who reserves particular VITUPERATION for favourite topics like SCIENTISTS and AMERICA. T [...]

    3. Postmodernist take on existentialism, and so on. Quirky, witty, humorous, disdainful, twisted, sad and then some. About DEATH, one damn original AFTERLIFE (with pictures!), REBIRTH and how none of it MATTERS.Don't forget to read MJ's PERFECT review. Dot liked perfection.Over to Lucy Ellmann.

    4. Very strange: a sort of strangeness that, even when you expect strangeness, it's still strange. (Enough strangeness for semantic satiation yet?) Lucy Ellman's simple sentences of rage, mundane detail and absurdity suggest - pardon my psychobabble - someone channelling their inner teenager and knowingly so. Her style is infectious; no surprise there are several pastiche reviews and comments, and I could tell within a few pages of reading that it would be hard not to channel her when writing about [...]

    5. "The sun rose suddenly, much too FAST, missing out on the best bit, when time creaks on its hinges: twilight. It is such BULLSHIT that you can see nice sunsets from planes, the aurora borealis, UFOs, whatever. Nothing you see from a plane MATTERS. I once saw the entire ARCTIC CIRCLE from a plane, for HOURS, hundreds and hundreds of miles of cracked ice gradually turning blue as the sun went down. I searched it for Inuit. But none of this COUNTS. To really feel you've been to the North Pole you'v [...]

    6. This is a FILTHY, DIRTY tale of a woman who lived, DIED, and lived some more, and was an OPOSSUM in between. Don't read this if you're a PRUDE, if you have very strong RELIGIOUS beliefs, or if you work in the ANIMAL VIVISECTION field.There was no POINT to Dot, and that's the point. Sort of. The universe can't be BOTHERED to care.I for one didn't much care for Ellman's ANTI-SCIENCE rantings, because science alleviates SUFFERING, if imperfectly. I get that science plays a role in the PLOT, and tha [...]

    7. Hmm. I'm still reeling from this book, caught in a vortex of trying to figure out whether or not I liked it. While Dot is a very real, very strange, very screwed up character, her Universe (at times) can be very deep and heartfelt. I didn't care for the odd way Ellman used random words in all caps, though I'm sure she had a reason to do so; it just messed with my OCD sensibilities. I didn't feel very fulfilled by the book; it wasn't shaped up and given an ending (one way or the other). Right at [...]

    8. Curse you, Michiko Kakutani, for luring me into one of the most distasteful reading experiences of my lifeTE: It's been a decade since I read this and I'm STILL mad.

    9. What a weird, funny book. Hard to decide what predominates: absurdity, truth, anger, comedy. Maybe it doesn’t matter, because I was entertained and the book made me think. Those CAPITAL letters were hard to get USED to, though.

    10. This was my first Lucy Ellmann book, and it won't be the last. It begins as a deceptively simple story about an English rose perfectionist named Dot, and rockets from the mundane to the sublime at warp speed in this bizarre, fanciful, funny, dark, profound and occasionally rather dirty little book. I loved the ever-present exclamation points and ALLCAPS treatment of seemingly random words, as well as all the 'Britishisms', and Ellmann's viciously satiric take on American Suburbia. And the angry [...]

    11. I really liked this book, had to get over that she spells several words on each page of the book with CAPITAL LETTERS. At first I found it distracting and annoying but got used to it and it actually worked for me after 30 or so pages in. Her style is blunt, very funny and sometimes lyrical, turning out a few beautiful phrases that redeem it from being totally depressing. It is less much less bleak than say someone like "Women in Love" by Elfriede Jelinek, which is like getting punched in the sto [...]

    12. The only reason I even finished this, is because I strongly dislike leaving books lying around halfway read. I got this book a couple years ago in a second-hand bookstore and think the only reason why it found its way home with me is because it accidentally slipped in between the books I actually wanted to buy. Still I read it. The font was giving me a headache after the first couple pages. Is there a logic to why some words are capitalised? If so I couldn't discover it. Then Dot herself. I just [...]

    13. Once I started understanding and appreciating the experimentation of the blur between first and third person narration, I couldn't put this book down.The themes/discussions of birth, life, death, love, lust, consumerism, and everything else (I'm leaving out a lot) are incredibly well written. I laughed many times and other times thought Lucy Ellman actually had entered my brain, especially during Dot's realization and reflection on death and bodily functions. This book is hardcore, I'd say. Not [...]

    14. I first learned about Lucy Ellmann and this book by reading a wonderful review* she wrote about one of Elfriede Jelinek's books (an author whose searing exploration of the grotesque and abject and everything terrifying about life makes Joyce Carol Oates look like the author of the Hallmark card your Aunt sent you for Easter).I highly recommend "Dot in the Universe." I warn you, though: don't be fooled by the saucy cover, brisk narrative, the perky grammar (ALL CAPS are used to emphasis IMPORTANT [...]

    15. This is a crazy little book! Hilarious and over the top and a wild and crazy ride. It follows a sexy housewife on the English coast who collects tea cozies through the various (and very surprising) stages of her life(s). I picked it up because she's the daughter of a great Joyce scholar and got good reviews. There's definitely a lot of echoes of Joyce. At times it was a bit boring and at times a bit annoying, but it's definitely something different and something particular. I hesitated between 3 [...]

    16. The first time I picked this book up was purely based on the cover- it just caught my eye and wouldn't let go. I read 20 pages and threw it across the room in frustration and annoyance. WHY are you LUCY capitalizing SEEMINGLY incongruous words AND making THEM important? Why IS the narrator SUCH a fucking NUT job?6 months later, I picked it up again and read it by its own rule (i.e. you can't watch a Tarantino movie and expect it to not be a Tarantino movie it is a rule and universe unto itself.) [...]

    17. As a fan of P. G. Wodehouse, I was excited to discover there was an award named after him for humorous fiction. This book was on the list and available on Kindle so I ordered it. Admittedly there are many different types of humor, and only one Wodehouse, but this book attempts humor of the basest kindd fails even at that. It was mercifully a short read but even the little time I spent reading it was a complete waste. Don't bother. Just read actual Wodehouse or Trollope. Not only is this book not [...]

    18. What a strange book! Sort of like Bridget Jones's Diary on crack. I might like it better if I were to read it again, in the right frame of mind, now knowing what to expect. The writer uses a combination of lower case and UPPER case WORDS continuously and seemingly at RANDOM throughout the book which only adds to its overall quirkiness. It is really out there but actually quite funny in some places. I think I need to revisit this one and write a proper review.

    19. Oh dear - chick lit at its worst. This was long listed for the orange prize 2002/3. the random WORDS IN capitals, swearing and vocabulary littered with words for genitalia - just ruined a very predictable story which, in other hands, might've been a moving story. Occasionally raised a snigger or smirk, some good one liners but not my thing ATall!

    20. I really wanted to like this book; there are some intriguing insights/descriptions sprinkled throughout the work. I just couldn't read past Part II -- there was nothing going on. Twenty percent of the book is devoted to excrement while another 20 percent is probably devoted to tea cosies. Throw in some seemingly random capitalized words, and you have Dot in the Universe.

    21. I liked this BOOK, it was funny and DOT was likable even if SHE did kill OLD ladies. I didn't like the SHOUTY font dotted through the PAGES, they were speed BUMPS and disrupted MY thought PATTERN. They were VERY random and appeared non-stop.The CAPITALISED words weren't even IMPORTANT words just random words.I WOULD love to read THIS book again BUT in normal FONT next time please.

    22. I love the twisted humor in this book. It really does bring to light our sad, flat lives and how meaningless they can be when just living within American culture. It's been a while since I read it, but my memories of the book are fantastic.

    23. Read this in two sittings. Hilarious, absurd, hysterical and angry. Don't let the (utterly incongruous) chick-lit cover put you off, this is pure pleasure and, in its own splenetic, simple little way, quite profound.

    24. I like Ellmann's excessive use of capital letters, it amounts to shouting out certain words in the narrative, something that I found to be strangely pleasant. This book is filled with wild rants, tho, that I got tired of reading. She really hates scientists and suburbia and chubs.

    25. Ironic. Flip. Mean. Sarcastic. Clever. Biting. Bitchy. Dyspeptic. Sometimes a little lazy. Unique with an uppercase curly cursive U. Lowbrow with a lowercase el for ellman (think she'd like that joke if it was CAPS?).

    26. I'll be honest and say I didn't understand this book. Does it make me less dumb if I say I'm only 13 when I read this? But honestly, 13 is old enough to comprehend weird books like this one. I guess I'm a lot clueless then.

    27. So I found the random capitalization in this book really distracting. I didn't get the circular plot and the incest made me really uncomfortable. But otherwise I liked the black humor.

    28. i cannot say anymore than MJ says here in his review, but to add life is a circle with most of it buried deep in the muck. /review/show/

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