Crystal Vision

Crystal Vision

by Gilbert Sorrentino
     
 

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Both comic and haunting,Crystal Visioninvokes the world of magic and the arcane as filtered through a group of characters gathered on the streets and in the stores of their Brooklyn neighborhood to gossip, insult, lust, brag, and argue. In a series of seventy-eight short narratives, Gilbert Sorrentino perfectly captures the speech, illusions, and confusion

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Both comic and haunting,Crystal Visioninvokes the world of magic and the arcane as filtered through a group of characters gathered on the streets and in the stores of their Brooklyn neighborhood to gossip, insult, lust, brag, and argue. In a series of seventy-eight short narratives, Gilbert Sorrentino perfectly captures the speech, illusions, and confusion of The Magician, Ritchie, The Arab, Irish Billy, Big Duck, Doc Friday, Fat Frankie, and many others. Through formal inventiveness, Sorrentino liberates these characters from the confines of realism and gives us their world--zany, vulgar, hilarious, and exuberant.

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"Crystal Vision is a remarkable work of transparence, both artfully faceted in its construction and vital--full of speaking fossils--in the life it remembers." -- Thomas LeClair, Washington Post Book World

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Saturday Review
There is in Crystal Vision enough beauty, truth, and humor to fill up several novels. . . . It is a remarkable achievement
San Francisco Chronicle
A defiant paean to the human spirit . . . a book crammed with antic invention, a marvelous mix of slapstick and the sublime
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This is a conversation that is highly readable, funny, heartbreaking, and delicious in its leaps, its landings, its gorgeous vocabulary mix-ups, and ultimately in its imprisoned struggle to surmount itself and to understand its magic tools (metaphors, memories, dreams, and repeated visions of beautiful young women in beautiful young gardens).
Virginia Quarterly Review
With Aberration of Starlight and now Crystal Vision, Sorrentino establishes himself as a major novelist, a cross between Studs Terkel and John Barth, whose work deserves our attention
Washington Post
Sorrentino is . . . a comic anthropologist, collector of street wit, repertory routines, and some Bowery Boys antics.

Thomas LeClair— Washington Post

Library Journal
Durable avant-garde author Sorrentino's 1981 volume tells the story of a Brooklyn neighborhood through 78 tiny snippets with recurring characters. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781598
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
1ST DALKEY
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
1,392,959
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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