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Odd Number

Odd Number

by Gilbert Sorrentino

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Real estate hustles, art swindles, pornographic films, satanic cults seem expected elements in today's novels, and we find all of them in Odd Number . But Sorrentino, the inveterate prose experimenter, uses his unique narrative style to craft the mundane into the marvelous. Throughout, an unnamed interrogator questions unnamed witnesses and, as their testimony progresses, slowly develops a picture of their complicated business, social, and sexual relationships. This halting movement toward clarity is encumbered, however, by a steady shifting between speakers which eventually merges all individual voices into a single, vivid portrayal of the events they describe. Such intricate masterful writing may not please everyone, but those readers who dive into Odd Number 's roiling prose will emerge with many pearls. Paul E. Hutchinson, English Dept., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park

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