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I'm about 65 pages into The Recognitions and, while there are another 900 pages for it to go terribly, terribly wrong, it's absolutely superb so far. Very, very clever, and very, very funny.

Any other fans?

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Saw from your Facebook status that you were reading this. I've been intrigued to tackle it, but I've never really felt interested enough to try it.
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I have The Recognitions, Carpenters Gothic, and a Frolic of His Own but i've only read about 100 pages of each. Let me know how you get on, i may try and go back to them (i dont really remember why i didnt finish them, probably me being crap rather than the books not being up to scratch)
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I finished it last night. it's really, really superb, but just a tad too big - even though there is no bit of it that isn't in some way utterly fantastic, it can't help but drag a bit...

Wonderful stuff, though, all the way through. it never lets up being totally hilarious. A bitter assault on religion by someone who understand the difference between proper religion and humbug. A better dissection of modern "phoniness" than Holden Caulfield could have managed in a billion years. An atheist Faust. I'd totally recommend it.

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