A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish. Walter Abish has dovetailed his novel within a Procrustean scheme that has the terrifying and irrefutable logic of the alphabet. Alphabetical. “Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva, allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex’s admonition, against Allen’s angry.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Jan 30, Ben rated it liked it. The United States Of America.

A peek on first paragraph: Zlphabetical urther chapters bring freedom and don’t ap A bish adroitly actualizes Africa. Admittedly, all ants are below average bargainers.

The vocabulary is expanded, letter by letter and chapter by chapter, through Z. Account Options Sign in.


Trivia About Alphabetical Africa. In the third … well, you get the idea. You’re used to the rhythms.

What struck me was how quickly, as the book opened up to using a wider vocabulary, the language felt natural. Se AfricaWalter Abish’s first novel, is famous for the tight constraint under which it is written.


Alphabetical Africa | novel by Abish |

adrica The first O -chapter features a premature P in the penultimate paragraph: He moved to the United States in and became an American citizen in As the letters count down to Q in the second half of the book, her fate becomes precarious.

Quite a few things surprised me about this book. This book will delight all logophiles and bore the alphabetical crap out of anybody else. The English translation, A Voidwas true to its linguistic esprit. Walter Abish was born in Vienna, Austria. Take this paragraph from the first G chapter. Are we to read as Oulipeans for part of one sentence, and then forget that regimen, and think instead about the plot? Dec 06, Laura Pardo rated it liked it.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. SinceAbish has taught at several eastern universities and colleges.

Alphabetical Africa

In this novel, as you can probably tell from the first line quoted above, there is a limitation on the letter words start with. I dreamt of this book last night, though I didn’t dream of the plot. Jul 30, Leo Robertson rated it it was amazing.


C ross continental chase after Alva carries author all around Africa. Consider it advanced reading, alphabetiical those of us who have made our way through the lower levels and are ready to face greater challenges. Interesting but just ok. Leo Robertson It’s a book I have a copy of- can post if you like: There was a problem adding your email address.

He’s a weird prose stylist all along, regardless of which letters he can and cannot use. Never have I been disappointe I heard about this book a few years ago and was intrigued by the constraints Abish put on himself while writing: Good to see that you appreciated it. O ver all, it is fairly imaginative but it lacks focus and often digresses into abstraction. SinceAbish Walter Abish is an American author of experimental novels and short stories.

I only ask because it seems books like this aren’t very popular and I’ve had to dig around to find them.