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Posted July 13, 2011
This is not actually hard-cover
I ordered this last week, clearly labeled hardcover, yet the book I received was definitely paperback. They admitted it was a listing error, but I see it hasn't been changed yet. Just letting you know before you order that they'll be shipping you a paperback, too.
Haven't read it yet, though, so the rating has nothing to do with the content.
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Posted May 7, 2006
Masterpiece of American Metafiction
Consider that William Gass created this masterpiece over roughly the same time frame it takes to pay off the average mortgage -- 652 pages in 30 years. One has to respect such care in crafting The Tunnel. How many times was this draft edited to create in essence a final draft written at the plodding, prodding pace of 22 pages per annum? Gass took more time crafting The Tunnel than Joyce did Ulysses. And it shows. The syntax is not of this world. His use of metaphor is off the charts in its creativity. There are worlds, even galaxies, in his words. The writing is sheer poetry in places -- a pure joy to read. He is honest, pithy, probing, penetrating and very often hilarious in his Notes from Underground. Like Proust I recommend that you read Gass slowly to revel in the world in his every well-placed word. There is unquestionable genius in this work as evident as the genius of William Gaddis or Joyce or Proust. Gass and Gaddis redeem the contemporary American novel and Dalkey Archive should be congratulated for its devotion to publishing American masters whom America has not yet properly recognized as such. I really can't say enough in praise of this substantive literary novel, which is profoundly wise and brilliantly crafted and even luminous as a literary legacy sure to render Gass prominent, permanent billing among the American masters of the late 20th century. Savor the writing of William Gass: real genius resides underground in The Tunnel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2001
My Classic !
I Love, Love, Love this Book.. it is a shimmering book of total Beauty.. and a master of words at his peak... A work-in-progress for around 30years and Now finally completed.. Very Dark.. Maybe the definitive Book about unhappiness--Gass is a Genius and it is obvious on every Page--there is no need for a story--a 650page monologue about every aspect of human life--one the 10 Great books of alltime.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2014
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