On the Edge of Reason

On the Edge of Reason

by Miroslav Krleža

InOn the Edge of Reason, his protagonist is a middle-aged lawyer whose life and career have been eminently respectable and respected.

As folly piles on folly, hypocrisy on hypocrisy, reason itself begins to give way, and the edge between reality and unreality disappears.--back cover

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.32
  • Pages: 182
  • Publish Date: 1995 by New Directions
  • Isbn10: 0811213064
  • Isbn13: 9780811213066

What People Think about "On the Edge of Reason"

Most people when they hear that beep they write up a little slip with the return vendors name ASAP and get that book onto a cart to be shipped back. The book can be selling ten copies a week but the PDT signal the book be gone, and most people go right along with what the little mindless piece of plastic tells them to do. I've been in many battles over the years with people over keeping books that are selling when the PDT tells them return them. I've had an employee go rat me out to the store manager because I wasn't listening to the PDT and instead kept books based on sales. This is just a small example from my own life of having to deal with certain blind-obedience to illogical dictates but it's tiresome and at times it feels so much easier to just say fuck it, return everything the stupid little machine tells me to and not have to worry about having to fight with someone over trying to do what is best for the store. I could start listing all the ways that I cowardly and silently just go along with things that I know are wrong, but I'm trying to be less negative about myself in these reviews, so instead I'll just make myself the hero of books and pretend that I'm really a great and virtuous person who always does what is right as opposed to what is easiest, or most accepted.

Our first-person protagonist is unnamed. The incident happened thirty years before, but the businessman relishes the telling of his killing the four "mad dogs." Our protagonist has a moment of clarity. Remember, our first-person protagonist is unnamed.

Incomode pentru c ne foreaz s deschidem ochii, s vedem (nu doar s privim) lumea i societatea din jurul nostru exact aa cum este: superficial, egoist, fals i strâmb... tim noi destul de bine cum e sub coada altuia, dar fr aceast adulmecare nu se poate tri..." În concluzie: citii aceast carte. Citii aceast carte dac v frustreaz prostia.

Krleza deceptively starts off with his protagonist penning a banal self-portrait; he is, he tells us, a well-meaning nonentity who has a high tolerance for the vast folly he see around him as he drifts through life, corporate attorney for a manufacturing company. Krleza writes beautiful prose about the nature of man, where one gets an outlook on life and what one does with it, and the living death of conformity. He also drops in shorter or longer monologues or portraits of characters who are not essential to the plot but contribute to the lawyers growing understanding of the tribulations outside his own bourgeois, uneventful life.

Znam da mi je netko priao kako je bio teak karakter, ali opet tko nije? Ovaj roman mi je bio teak za itanje, ali vrijedan toga.

Although this is a Croatian literary classic, this work definitely deserves to be included in all those "must-read-before-you-die", "best books of all time" or "read this if you want people to think you're an intellectual." This rating may seem a bit overly patriotic and somewhat far - fetched, but once you get inside the main points of this amazing and breathtaking novel, I think you will not be reluctant to change your mind.

I read this years ago, having picked it up randomly at a small, independent bookstore, and I haven't seen it elsewhere. Too bad that society is just as silly now as it was eighty years ago.