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In fact, I have just begun to read The Recognitions.

The Recognitions by William Gaddis

You mention education and they grab for their wallets. This answer will likely only make sense to those who first read the Recognitions after age 45 like meand know that Pynchon’s style is ‘muscular’ that seems to appeal to a certain demographic age-group.

Yes, I remember your little talk, your insane upside-down apology for these pictures, every figure and every object with its own presence, its own consciousness because it was being looked at by God! His stories have an openness to them that invites re-readings and play, even though they take place in a very confining and formally rigid realm I’m not just talking about plot setting here.

Largely what I felt going through the book was a lack of intimacy with the characters. Now for its essential qualities. The minor characters are excellent; Otto in particular, Agnes Deigh the play on words of course has meaning.

Such is our condition, the wonder and the woe of it, and Gaddis tells it truer than any. Jun 11, David Lentz rated it it was amazing. There are many failed artists and lonely geniuses which we can easily place as stand-ins for the author and his own lack of financial success. The Recognitions revisits this in various ways with the reoccurring image of “that tale about the sky being a sea, the celestial sea, and a man coming down a rope to undo an anchor that’s gotten caught on a tombstone”.


Reading a novel of punishing difficulty and length is a version of climbing Everest for people who prefer not to leave the house. View all 4 comments.

William Gaddis

However erudite or well read you are you will not get all the references because they are so varied. I’m not even sure I liked it.

I especially enjoyed the deliberate undermining of these occasions by one set of characters who, before going out, decided on their “latest arcanum”, a made up word which they would use in several contexts: So this witnessing of his art is vital, as is the recognition of the intrusions of commerce even here, of Loops and the crackle of the radio-voice.

It feels as though if at the end of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Godot came up and threw pies in the tramps’ faces. Which would you read first: This is like reading Thomas Pynchon but about a subject I could conceivably care about. Took me longer to read than I wished but I’m glad I finished it. This is an inventive, hilarious, scary, relevant novel. Why does it have to be that way? This doesn’t stop Gaddis from being cruel to both of them. Carpenter’s Gothic offered a shorter and more accessible picture of Gaddis’s sardonic worldview.

And there is, connected with this phenomenon, what I think of as Long Novel Stockholm syndrome. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Then it froze; and every corner presented opportunity for entertainment, the vastly amusing spectacle of well-dressed people suspended in the indecorous positions which precede skull fractures.

Look at that technique: It rarely felt like a chore to read, and I probably hold longer books to a higher standard, if for no other reason than that they require a greater investment. The center of the novel is according to Gaddis the play upon the word “forge” in both it’s meaning of creating and imitating through fakery. This would have taken some curse. Since you probably saw the three stars I gave it, you can deduce that this was not the case. There are no transitions in this book, no real breaks, just sudden grinding shifts through time and location, kind of similar to the perpetual roving camera in Richard Linklater’s ‘Slackers’, but rendered with gorgeous, almost biblical descriptions of phones ringing and trees swaying.


The Recognitions

He planned to enter the ministry, but early on had found the Christian system suspect. I was intimidated by it, reconocimkentos I also wasn’t too turned on by sections I would occassionally read. Paperbackpages. Its many characters swirl in and out of each other’s lives throughout the nearly thousand-page text, their paths and conversations overlapping like a most rambunctious Altman ensemble film though with Gaddis’s relentless and sometimes rdconocimientos skewering of organized Overlong?

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Gaddis also makes reference to a great deal of early twentieth century popular American culture songs and popular novels.

He thus commences a Faustian career of forgery.

A lot of good things can be said of this book, and for the first about six hundred pages it’s really fucking good and then Gaddis decided to get a little weird. It was crazy confusing.

Los Reconocimientos William Gaddis. For instance, a writer complaining about a magazine’s poor editing mangling his reputation: