We Were Strangers: Stories Inspired By Unknown PleasuresRichard V. Hirst / Jul 18, 2019
We Were Strangers Stories Inspired By Unknown Pleasures Joy Division remain one of Britain s most influential and best loved bands their music as dramatic and compelling now as when they first appeared almost forty years ago Unknown Pleasures thei
Joy Division remain one of Britain s most influential and best loved bands, their music as dramatic and compelling now as when they first appeared almost forty years ago Unknown Pleasures, their debut album, is their definitive document, a brooding, thrilling record whose cryptic contents have haunted the imaginations of generations of listeners.The ten new stories in We W Joy Division remain one of Britain s most influential and best loved bands, their music as dramatic and compelling now as when they first appeared almost forty years ago Unknown Pleasures, their debut album, is their definitive document, a brooding, thrilling record whose cryptic contents have haunted the imaginations of generations of listeners.The ten new stories in We Were Strangers , each of which takes its title and inspiration from a song on the album, offer an original, distinctive and wide ranging response.Featuring original fiction from, Jenn Ashworth, Anne Billson, David Gaffney, Jessie Greengrass, Zoe Lambert, Toby Litt, Sophie Mackintosh, Louise Marr, Nicholas Royle and Eley Williams, We Were Strangers lights a path through the nocturnal territory mapped out in Unknown Pleasures , taking in tales of isolation and anxiety, but also ecstasy and otherworldly adventure. Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 173 pages Published September 6th 2018 by Confingo Publishing More Details ISBN 0995596611 ISBN13 9780995596610 Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about We Were Strangers, please sign up
Be the first to ask a question about We Were StrangersLists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 45 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 29, 2018 Marc Nash added it We were all on to a hiding to nothing with this endeavour, authors, me as Joy Division fan and me as reader.If you write stories based on the music of a sacred band and the lyrics by someone of the order of a 20th Century metaphysical poet, then to my mind apart from the tall orderness of the endeavour the stories should somehow speak and dialogue with the music lyrics The problem here is that too often the stories link to the songs whose lyrics I have memorised from 35 years of listening We were all on to a hiding to nothing with this endeavour, authors, me as Joy Division fan and me as reader.If you write stories based on the music of a sacred band and the lyrics by someone of the order of a 20th Century metaphysical poet, then to my mind apart from the tall orderness of the endeavour the stories should somehow speak and dialogue with the music lyrics The problem here is that too often the stories link to the songs whose lyrics I have memorised from 35 years of listening pleasure and even wrote a stage play about back in the 1980s are nebulous I begin to wonder even whether some of the writers are actual fans, or just called up the song they re charged with on Spotify for a quick familiarising play The established writers Eley Williams Jesse Greengrass are the best stories here, Greengrass particularly gets Joy Division with her story set in a labour camp which refers obliquely to other JD songs like They Walked In Line Williams Wilderness is the artificial plane of a skating rink the protagonist is charged with sweeping smooth of skated figured 8 s and other phonologies and offers her renowned use of language ice skates as pairs of parentheses I was put in mind of Anna Kavan s wonderful short story Ice.Ian Curtis lyrics did not create characters, but emotions that spoke of and to all humans So as soon as specific characters are created here, it s all too prosaic A PTSD war vet separated from his son by divorce meets his replacement who brings his son round for a scheduled visit I didn t care What has this got to do with the lyrics of Ian Curtis Even the second album Closer which did point at Curtis own personal mental disintegration as he screwed up his intimate relationships, still universalised the emotions it dealt in This debut album Unknown Pleasures was all about emotional landscapes, emotion through landscapes, the ruin being in the urban environment, yet the music lyrics suggesting a soaring, a breaking free of such constriction Joy Division broke free of their upbringing destined for a life of drudgery, through music yet two of the stories here were so mundane in the jobs they described someone transcribing for a farmers weekly newspaper, another in some sort of architectural or budgetary meeting what has this to do with the majesty in the face of ruin that runs through the entire album The farmers weekly one at least had the courage to try and echo Ian Curtis epilepsy in its theme, but undermined itself with the prosaic just wanting to hold down a job Now while to even achieve that with a condition like epilepsy is a huge thing, Ian Curtis was an artist who ultimately was consumed by everything, his art, his mental health, his relationships The two do not compare on any level I didn t understand Toby Litt s story though I acknowledge its artfulness David Gaffney s seemed to have nothing to do with this project at all, some fanciful tale about empty garages in which to experience the Buddhist like emptying of the world into a void The story starts off about the character buying Ian Curtis old house the one in which he hung himself in the kitchen , which may or may not have made for an interesting premise, but then we get this nonsense about garages The character dies of a heart attack, not even at his own hand The album demands majestic writing and I m afraid except for Williams and Greengrass, the stories here fell well short of honouring the songs But then how can perfection be improved upon flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 07, 2019 Annice rated it really liked it I stayed up till 2am to finish this book.I love short stories and this is a great collection.It wasn t what I expected but this was better.Recommend to fans of joy division and short stories And those that aren t fan flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Chris rated it really liked it A Christmas present from my parents I ve read this over the past few days at every opportunity A brilliant and varied selection of short stories, inspired by Unknown Pleasures Nice to see the graphic interlude inspired by Transmission too flag Like see review Bobby Colcombe rated it it was amazing Oct 02, 2018 Frankie rated it really liked it Dec 09, 2018 Ashley Stokes rated it 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