In this spellbinding, utterly unconventional fiction, an aging author who is identified only as Reader contemplates the writing of a novel. As he does, other matters insistently crowd his mind - literary and cultural anecdotes, endless quotations attributed and not, scholarly curiosities - the residue of a lifetime's reading which is apparently all he has to show for his decades on earth. Out of these unlikely yet incontestably fascinating materials - including innumerable details about the madness and calamity in many artists' and writers' lives, the eternal critical affronts, the startling bigotry, the countless suicides - David Markson has created a novel of extraordinary intellectual suggestiveness. But while shoring up Reader's ruins with such fragments, Markson has also managed to electrify his novel with an almost unbearable emotional impact. Where Reader ultimately leads us is shattering.
|Publisher:||Dalkey Archive Press|
|Series:||American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
David Markson's novel Wittgenstein's Mistress was acclaimed by David Foster Wallace as "pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country." His other novels, including Reader's Block, Springer's Progress, and Vanishing Point, have expanded this high reputation. His novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee was made into the film Dirty Dingus Magee, which starred Frank Sinatra, and he is also the author of three crime novels. Born in Albany, New York, he has long lived in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I ordered this book because I read some reviews somewhere recommending it but was totally disappointed. I can't get into it. It's written like someone with Attention Deficit Disorder was just typing random thoughts onto paper. I've left the book sitting on my coffee table and read it occasionally during commercials on TV because that seems to be possibly the way it was written. If it ever gets any better I will add that to this review then.
It is a book whose description does it no justice. It has no plot, no full characters, no real setting and nothing to really grab on to. But it is one of the most rewarding novels I have ever read. It creates its mood and tone through a parade of quotes and events that are sometimes so fantastic that they bend the readers faith in their veracity but they create a truer message as a direct result. It will come off of your bookshelves often as you thumb through it for insight and wonder. Just read the damn thing. You will be glad you did.