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"Flawlessly executed. . . . funny, perceptive and dead-on the satirical mark." (Publishers Weekly 3-6-95)
"Writers like Christopher Sorrentino bring us back to the pleasures of reading. And there is a lot of intelligent material to chew on here. This book works like a hypertext; the chapters can be read in any order. So in that way it's totally contemporary while continuing to converse with Modernism." (American Book Review Dec-Jan 95-96)
"This terrific first novel by Gil's kid is structured after the recording technique of 'laying tracks.' . . . Sorrentino is contemptuous of his sources, in love with their stupid appeal, and utterly transcendent to them." (Curtis White, Exquisite Corpse)
"Living proof that literary genes can be passed from father to son." (Michael Perkins 5-1-95)
"Sorrentino has used the rock book format (and his superbly pompous 'multitrack' device) as a vehicle for a brilliant and complex novel about remembered truths and modern ennui. . . . The close of 'Foundation' has a crisp, cinematic grace, and the final 'Playback' crumbles the book's carefully wrought tension with delicious resolve." (Los Angeles Reader 4-14-95)
Posted April 18, 2003
This is definitely the best book you've never heard of. Appearing a year before Infinite Jest, the book scoops Wallace in at least a couple of respects, and does it in much less time. Sorrentino resists naturalistic writing techniques but in the end his characters emerge as fully developed people--he's just allowed you to witness their development. The book's handling of its theme (corruption and waste as the eighties hit the ground running) may add up to the most trenchant ''80s Novel' yet. Sorrentino has a wonderful gift for parody and he employs it to full effect...the book contains echoes of Robe Grillet, Quineau, Calvino, Joyce, Delillo, Gaddis, Faulkner, Selby, Debord, Steven Dixon, and, last but not least, Gilbert Sorrentino, the author's dad. And, incidentally, one of the most important rock 'n' roll novels ever written. Since the publisher apparently never plans to bring it out in paperback, I'd go for a remaindered copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.