Barley Patch

Barley Patch is a novel by Gerald Murnane, © Dalkey Archive Press 2011

About Katie Willingham

I am a recently graduated English major and poet from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. I am an avid reader and have a lot to say about what I read.
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6 Responses to Barley Patch

  1. Interesting stuff! I feel like it’s real easy to get tired of fiction–there’s been a lot of days before where I’ve woken up and said no more! No more books, nonfiction’s much more respectable. It’s also easy to get sucked back in. Seeing a novel about an old dude doing the same thing? Looks like I’m going to be doing this forever!

    • Yeah, it might be fated…It can be kind of comforting to read about though. Also dizzying. It was the kind of book that makes your mind go in circles. Like a race track–one of the primary metaphors in the book. 😉

  2. kbergen says:

    Barley is better than barely patch 😉 This book sounds very confusing! But the excerpt was pretty.

    • I don’t know if confusing is the right word, exactly. Or rather, confusing like The Trial not confusing like Kant. That is to say, the language is very simple and the text is easy to follow but the abstract concepts behind it are hard to place whereas Kant is just difficult to read to begin with.

      Thanks for watching!! I agree about the title…

  3. Chelsea Mayo says:

    aw, “must I be lonely?” I’ve always liked the idea of characters existing somewhere abstract and the writer shaping the story but taking the characters as they are. fun post 🙂

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