Book 766 Kathy Acker – Blood and Guts in High School

After finishing one experimental novel , I didn’t expect to read another one so soon. At first glance Blood and Guts seems like a Young Adult novel but it’s totally different than that.

Janey is a ten year old who is abused by her father , and is  sent to New York from her Mexican home. The thing is that Janey is an unreliable narrator so certain events may not take place and could just be the scribblings of a bored teenager. As the novel continues we find out that Janey has a dull job and is later kidnapped and sold into slavery.

In between this us readers are subjected to pornographic illustration , free form poetry and sentences translated from Arabic into English. Plus a lot of sub conscious rambling.

Now I may make this sound negative but it is a good read , again like the previous novel, one cannot fully appreciate Blood and Guts … after the first read. It definitely deserves more so that the complex narrative comes out better. What I can say though is that this is a very post modern novel as it deconstructs the idea of a book and then takes it to other dimensions through adding other literary styles randomly. As experiments go , I do see this as a success.

oh and mega kudos for mentioning this band  :


3 thoughts on “Book 766 Kathy Acker – Blood and Guts in High School

  1. chryssula November 12, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    Hey there, I also read this book (although some years ago) and my emotions towards this book were pretty much like you described yours. I am always in favor of experimental books. This one definitely works.
    BTW, I just stumbled onto your blog and I wanted to congratulate you. Wonderful idea, very interesting choice of books.
    Will be reading you. 😉
    If you wanna pop by and read my blog. I sometimes review books, but not too often.
    Cheers from island to island, from Ibiza to Malta

    • deucekindred November 12, 2012 / 8:59 pm

      Hey there – Thanks for the comment! at the mo the blog is on a small hiatus due to the fact that I want to read some other books that 1980s ones. But I will resume blogging by next year. 🙂

      • chryssula November 13, 2012 / 9:49 pm

        Thanks for replying to me. I will look for your blog. 😀

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