The Body has ratings and 29 reviews. Elizabeth said: Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it wa. Jenny Boully (born ) is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings ( Sarabande Books, ), The Body: An Essay and [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin. The primary text is dead and gone and the subterranean text is full of dead authors: Jenny Boully’s notes collect fragments from literary and.

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It’s wordy at times. Certainly that this is pushing genre boundaries to their breaking bojlly The subject matter ranges wildly: In the original, she wrote: No eBook available Amazon.

Comprised of footnotes to a non-existent text, The Body: So, the trick is reading the footnotes and trying to imagine what might have been on the page. To the last question first: Her writing exceeds what you might see online, so don’t take Boully’s speaker as being interested in click-bait.

The experience of time translates itself into language, and language translates itself into distance, which translates itself into longing, which is the realization of time. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Body by Jenny Boully

Let it exist this way, concealed; let me always be embarrassed, knowing that you know that I nenny but pretend not to know. I was the lonely tripod. In correlation with what R. Boully’s third collection, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, “consists of beginnings and endings of more than 30 different texts, spliced together seemingly at random.

Thus, the majority of each page is blank; the body is missing.

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But why should I waste language, which has never done [illegible] and I any good? These details’ relationships grow and change, producing a plot more intricate and emotionally engaging than any actions performed by characters could, which is why she’s wise for composing the book entirely of footnotes.


The texts themselves are essayistic, except that they are all fictional.

Now back in print from Essay Press. This may be with me a while. Tje March 1st by Essay Press first published Is this book going to poke a hole in my idea of a book? Perfect example of John Keats’ Negative Capability Mar 05, John LaPine rated it really liked it.

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Sep 10, Nicole rated it liked it. The Dream” was pasted above the author’s various beds in the vaious places she lived: AN ESSAY is a meditation on absence, loss and disappearance that offers a guarded “narrative” of what may or may not be a love letter, a dream, a spiritual autobiography, a memoir, kenny scholarly digression, a treatise on the relation of life to book. This story is one that cannot be understood fully, I believe, with one reading alone.

Written boluly the eloquent and often blunt style, these fragments were enough to captivate me and leaving me wanting the larger story — if such a story exists.

Why should I be the one responsible for explanations? It did remind me of David Foster Wallace, who does a superb job of playing with essays via footnotes. The reader can only fantasize about the original contexts that might have made such information significant to its author, and ultimately, implies that the body of any text consists of nothing but a void — filled with the exegetical projection of our own imagination.

Refresh and try again. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The first footnote I mentioned above, footnote 27, reflects on the theme of loss, how it is haunting. The idea of an entire essay expressed without the essay is something close to if not sheer brilliance, and it’s also amazing to me just how much Boully trusts the reader to then, in their own minds, replace th I’m completely in love with Jenny Boully.


In this, her first book, Jenny Boully has invented an elaborately footnoted text on absence, love, ontology and identity — minus the text. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I know now why the line breaks: Boully’s The Body is as much a work of language, as it is a commentary on the inadequacies of language. I want to know her because she wants me to know her so badly but then she plays hard to get and while I love games the game has to be either well played or fresh to get my attention.

This coyness often feels delightfully earned: If love, then the ace of spades: I’m glad I’m not responsible for figuring out where in the bookstore to shelve it. Within the footnotes, there are repeating themes: What book would have footnotes from such disparate sources? An Essay by Jenny Boully.

Bouilly seems to work through an interior tunneling; the chambered nautilus prevails. The language was all very beautiful and as poems, these footnotes are wonderful little fragments that can spark a lot of in I read this book for a non-fiction genre class this year. Boully is herself the departed lover, stringing us along with just enough of the right words to keep us baited.

Why do these bad loves work so gorgeously in Anne Carson’s books? Tuesday, March 17, The Body: For me, this was the direct theme of the entire text.

Does The Body poke a hole in the notion of a book? Seems the typography would’ve required it once or twice. It’s a non-traditional form of writing yay and she’s poetic