prose fiction







Long Prose by John O’Loughlin

Which can be previewed via the link below the following Centretruths editorial:–


John O’Loughlin’s first novel, written during the summer of 1976, is largely an autobiographical account of three days in the life of a clerk-turning-writer by name of Michael Savage, whose disillusionment with the drudgery of office work has led him to quit his clerical job in London's West End in order to dedicate himself to a literary career ... come what may.  In this respect Savage is a sort of Henry Miller, who doesn't believe in doing things by half-measures and consequently, to him, there is no sense in remaining a clerk when one has an imperative desire to become a writer and thus effectively 'change worlds', abandoning his former psychology, with its dilettantish self-doubts, for one more focused on literature.  Therefore for him it is a make-or-break situation, all the more poignant for its unfolding against a background of indifference or hostility from colleagues and relatives alike!  Of all Mr O’Loughlin’s novels, Changing Worlds is by far the most subjective, with long passages of interior monologue which often overlap, to ironic effect, with conversational or observational settings; though he has taken extra care to differentiate reflection from conversation by utilizing single quotes in the one context and double quotes in the other - a stratagem which, though unorthodox, has probably done more than anything to condition his preference, contrary to contemporary literary norms, for double quotes in relation to conversational passages virtually right the way through his subsequent fictional oeuvre.  However that may be, it was probably the degree of this novel's subjectivity, combined with its revolutionary technique, that alienated most publishers (apart from 'vanity press' ones, who were splendidly if predictably objective) when he attempted to have it published in London back in the late 1970s, and to this day he is proud of the fact that he was able to subvert literary objectivity to such a radical extent that ... the result is more philosophic than prosodic, thus heralding his true destiny in the more unequivocally philosophical works to come! – A Centretruths editorial.



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