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10 thoughts on “Ibid

  1. says:

    This book is a story told entirely in end notes Interesting premise, but have you ever tried to read 230 some pages of end notes back to back It s extraordinarily tedious If you are ADD and enjoy the equivalent of very short chapters, then you might enjoy this book But only if you have a darned good working knowledge of 20th century social history I mean, it makes a Deanna Durbin reference Raise your hand if you know who Deanna Durbin is btw, Camille, do you still have the...


  2. says:

    A totally out there premise after the author sent his intensively researched and completely comprehensive biography of Jonathan Blashette to his editor, it was lost in an unfortunate reading in the bath incident...


  3. says:

    At times this book is a little too absurd and appears to be trying too hard, and it s not all that engaging as a story, but the concept is creative and it has some very funny parts Ex It was not clear if she a...


  4. says:

    I can appreciate this book for its premise and I applaud Dunn for attempting to tell a tale entirely through end notes, but it fails miserably as a novel This is one of the best examples of bad experimental fiction When compared to other novelists who have ventured these waters without going into the deep end, Junot Diaz, Steven Hall, Chuck Palahniuk, etc., Ibid highlights Dunn s weakness He can t tie together this series of anecdot...


  5. says:

    I ve been reading this book since August, and am finally throwing in the towel I just can t bring myself to complete it The conceit of this literary experiment is as follows There s a biography of this three legged circus fellow that s been lost All that s left is the footnotes, which have been published in lieu...


  6. says:

    A biography about a three legged circus freak told entirely in footnotes Sounds great, right I bought it because I really liked Dunn s Ella Minnow Pea Unfortunately, I got bored and abandoned Ibid The inventive format co...


  7. says:

    Interesting premise, but it often felt like the author was trying much too hard to be funny.


  8. says:

    Ibid is another delightfully off kilter work of metafiction by Mark Dunn This is not a traditional novel by any means It opens with a handful of letters between Mark Dunn and his editor that explain the unusual format of the book Mark accidentally destroyed one copy of the manuscript of a biography of Jonathan Blashette, a three legged man with an uproariously biza...


  9. says:

    I really wanted to like this book I loved Ella Minnow Pea, and the concept of a story told only through footnotes sounded similarly clever and interesting Turns out you can indeed tell a story solely through footnotes, but this particular story just really didn t grab me, and...


  10. says:

    I liked the weird premise, as the book was the footnotes to a lost biography Parts were pretty funny, and the author clearly knew much about popular culture from the late 19th century into the middle of the 20th I was impressed with everything...


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Ibid Mark Dunn Returns For His Third Novel With MacAdam Cage With Ibid, A Novel Written Entirely In Footnotes Being One Of Those Rare Birds Who Actually Reads Footnotes, Comments Dunn, I Often Find Myself Rewarded By My Time Spent In The Margins Many Authors Give Themselves Wonderful License In Their Footnotes To Let Their Guard Down, Even Get A Little Frisky And Mischievous And So The Idea For Ibid Was Born Dunn Pushes This Propensity To The Limit, And Has Created A Full Length Hilarious Novel Entirely Upon The Margins Of A Fictitious Text Ibid Tells The Fictional Story Of Jonathan Blashette, Great American Entrepreneur And Humanitarian, Illuminating His Life, 1888 1962, Offering, Along The Way, Glimpses Into The Lives Of Many Of Those Who Populated His Expansive World A Comedic Typhoid Mary, Jonathan S Life Makes Us Both Wince And Laugh At Those Misplaced Intentioned And The Ideals Of A Century That Perhaps Took Itself Just A Little Too Seriously Dunn Holds Up A Funhouse Mirror At The Pedestaled Residents Of The Age And Asks Why So Many Of The Famous Ones Did So Many Stupid Things And Rarely Got Called For Them.