By David Markson
"I don't be aware of the place to place the man-and for this i'm glad.... incredible, a compilation that so exceeds the scatter of its components that one needs to take a little time to give some thought to why this could be. ... it's nearly most unlikely to prevent turning pages ... we observe: this isn't a unique. It's a poem. ... while I reached the ultimate pages, I felt, as all too seldom, sectioned off from the day-by-day tyranny, published, as in a contented dream, right into a form of referential fugue-the afterlife of reading." Sven Birkerts, the recent York Observer
"A cultural background of the Western international forged as a bricolage of decontextualized anecdotes, quotations, and evidence. ... A lifetime's studying boiled all the way down to sentences that experience the terse readability of epitaphs. ... This conscientiously experimental paintings, of the kind that one has a tendency to slog via dutifully, reads as addictively as an airport thriller." James Gibbons, BookForum
"The ebook does, as author hopes, seduce the reader into turning pages. ... people with investigative proclivities can hint Writer's gloomy preoccupations throughout the goods approximately how a variety of notables died (and which states of economic destitution). different goods are extra enigmatic (why did Henry James conceal in the back of a tree to prevent Ford Madox Ford?), and a handful have an evocative, stunning depression: 'When and the place did the final individual die who nonetheless believed within the life of Zeus?'" Laura Miller, the hot York instances booklet evaluate
This isn't really a unique is a "novel" like none ever written, with the attainable exception of David Markson's personal Reader's Block (1996), which Ann Beattie has categorised "a paintings of genius."
This isn't a singular is a hugely artistic paintings which drifts "genre-less," someplace in among fiction, nonfiction, and mental memoir. within the starting pages of the "novel," a narrator, referred to as merely "Writer," publicizes that he's uninterested in inventing characters, considering plot, atmosphere, topic, and clash. but the author is decided to seduce the reader into turning pages-and to "get somewhere," still.
What follows are pages full of brief traces of astonishingly interesting literary and creative anecdotes, quotations, and cultural curiosities. this isn't a singular is leavened with Markson's deliciously ironic wit and laughter, in order that whilst the author does certainly eventually get us "somewhere" it's the adventure may have mattered up to the coming.
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There's hope for you yet, Bessie," he said. "Well, if I can't get Buddy on the phone, and even you won't help, I'm going to have to do something," Mrs. Glass said. Looking vastly troubled, she sat smoking for a long moment. Then: "If it was something strictly Catholic, or like that, I might be able to help her myself. I haven't forgotten everything. But none of you children were brought up as Catholics, and I really don't see—" Zooey cut her short. "You're off," he said, turning his lathered face toward her.
Glass interrupted, but cautiously. Zooey put a hand on each side of the washbowl and leaned his chest forward a trifle, his eyes on the general background of enamel. For all his slightness of body, he looked at that moment ready and able to push the washbowl straight through the floor. "The Four Great Vows," he said, and, with rancor, closed his eyes. ' Yay, team. I know I can do it. " His eyes stayed closed. "My God, I've been mumbling that under my breath three meals a day every day of my life since I was ten.
Glass seemed on the point of being diverted by Zooey's method of dealing with problems, but it was her day to suppress all forms of amusement. She stared at him for a moment, and then, slowly, a new look gathered in her eyes—resourceful, crafty, and a trifle desperate. "You know, I'm not as stupid as you may think, young man," she said. "You're all so secretive, all you children. " For emphasis, lips compressed, she brushed some imaginary tobacco flakes from the lap of her kimono. " Zooey turned and glanced at her.