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Though I have concerned myself much with the academic question of what it means to defy genre classification, I have no easy or convincing answer. These books are odd mixes of opinion, quotation, recollection, personal philosophy, and meditation, and all have — some more than others — a fragmentary or aphoristic style of composition that can at times verge on the hallucinatory. The closest approximation of this sensation that I have found elsewhere is in the reading of private notebooks and unbound papers: Here, a fragmentary transcription of a conversation at a party; there, a formal letter to a parent; there, again, a diaristic meditation on the fear of marriage. All is produced of the same brain, in the same hand, and this common origin is the sole tie that binds the disparate sheaf. Connolly and his ilk turn the casual essay-istic style of the notebook into art. They refine, polish, and uplift the fragmentary, meandering private style: They make it palatable, even beautiful.

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The Unquiet Grave is a literary work by Cyril Connolly written in under the pseudonym Palinurus. It comprises a collection of aphorisms, quotes, nostalgic musings and mental explorations. Palinurus was the pilot of Aeneas 's ship in the Aeneid who fell overboard as an act of atonement to the angry gods, and whose spirit wandered in the underworld. Connolly uses the theme to explore his feelings and review his situation as he approaches the age of forty presenting a very pessimistic and self-deprecating account.

Into this he brings quotes from some of his favourite authors: Pascal , De Quincey , Chamfort and Flaubert as well as snatches from the Buddha, Chinese philosophy and Freud. The first two contain similar sets of musing, while the third contains more recollections with veiled references to Connolly's life in France.

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The Unquiet Grave is a literary work by Cyril Connolly written in under the pseudonym Palinurus. It comprises a collection of aphorisms, quotes, nostalgic musings and mental explorations. Palinurus was the pilot of Aeneas 's ship in the Aeneid who fell overboard as an act of atonement to the angry gods, and whose spirit wandered in the underworld. Connolly uses the theme to explore his feelings and review his situation as he approaches the age of forty presenting a very pessimistic and self-deprecating account. Into this he brings quotes from some of his favourite authors: Pascal , De Quincey , Chamfort and Flaubert as well as snatches from the Buddha, Chinese philosophy and Freud. The first two contain similar sets of musing, while the third contains more recollections with veiled references to Connolly's life in France.

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