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I completely agree with this assessment of "The Recognitions". It's such a pity that the world wasn't ready for it when it first appeared, and that Gaddis had to plunge into the drudgery of corporate writing after the "failure" of his magnum opus.
Suffice it to read the notorious "Fire the Bastards! Who else could have come up with such a debut novel? Not even Pynchon with V. En fin, saludos Javier. Y gracias por tu labor. He suggests that Gaddis, in this sense, betrayed him. Why should we take the time to read hard books at all? William H. Gass : Difficult? Hard to read? Is the light bad? Hackett turned the corner and saw, in the failing light, at some little distance, his seat.
To be sure, the light is failing. But a grade past Dick and Jane can do it. Later, we shall realize the level of care at which the text has been composed, and we shall have to think back to the passage and reunderstand it. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: lntroibo ad altare Dei. A few more lines with Mr.
Hackett will do the same because Beckett is a great contrapuntist. These do satisfy the souls of some poor saps to such a degree they are willing to earn an advanced one in order to experience the thrill. Odd, indeed, but not ominous, not mean.
Why should I be able to read every book I pick up? Nor should they care. They have high taste, too. In fact, their level of happy mediocrity is the level at which all life should be lived. It is a tendency we all share to think our ways are the ways. So writers owe these readers the courtesy of soliciting their praise.
But for a moment Mr. Franzen feared the praise of the dark lady would damage his reputation among the literati—Never fear, sir, your reputation among the literati is safe. What basically bothers Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, and other journalists is that news ages badly while many of these damn difficult books get better, stronger, more beautiful, and even easier, as the years pass.
I can understand how annoying it might be to be told that this gibberish is good stuff. I owe readers nothing whatever. I owe my art such as it is everything. I also do what I can to warn readers who may prove to be the wrong ones away from my work.
Gaddis does the same. The Recognitions never pretends to be a paid-for whore who must deliver her pleasures like Playboy page by page. Only trash tries to be compelling. You are always free to leave Musil in Vienna. There are plenty of books that will amuse the mind for a pair of hours, though a movie would be less demanding and you can sleep while it moves.
A bunch of us tricksters answered Mr. Franzen I thought it unwise to take any notice in Conjunctions recently. I made my answer, indirect enough, there. Un abrazo. Publicar un comentario. Los reconocimientos de Gaddis es una novela demoledora. Y no solo eso, todas nuestras novelas, todos nuestros textos, todos nuestros relatos, palidecen a la sombra de la inmensidad narrativa de Gaddis. Para eso hay que establecer una interminable cadena de intento-fracaso hasta que el feliz suceso ocurra de nuevo.
Los reconocimientos I. Los reconocimientos II. Los reconocimientos III. Los reconocimientos IV. Los reconocimientos V. Etiquetas: Los reconocimientos , William Gaddis.
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I completely agree with this assessment of "The Recognitions". It's such a pity that the world wasn't ready for it when it first appeared, and that Gaddis had to plunge into the drudgery of corporate writing after the "failure" of his magnum opus. Suffice it to read the notorious "Fire the Bastards! Who else could have come up with such a debut novel? Not even Pynchon with V. En fin, saludos Javier. Y gracias por tu labor.
Reconocimientos by William Gaddis