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So rich in allusions, precision puns, extraordinary metaphors, Joycean wordplay, yeasty quotes and breathtaking prose and poetry that a lesser writer than David Markson would merely dazzle the reader. --Les Whitten, author of Moses: The Lost Book of the Bible

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars Not Enough 22 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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An amazing book. As Lucien Springer lurks anent the maidens' sh**teries, so should we all. Totally unlike anything written before it, by a Lowry/Gaddis/Joyce scholar. Rewards rereadings, giving pleasure on every page. And did I mention that it's a love story? Markson will have you playing 'spot the literary reference' even as he has guessing at the inhabitants of the Lion's Head (?) Bar...and readers can't help but want to meet a Jessica for their own ramblings.
A book that deserves to be read. Repeatedly. And did I mention that it's laugh-out-loud funny?
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Springer's No Pilgrim! 8 Mar. 2008
By Dick Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was enjoyable - some of the time. It was annoying - some of the time. It was funny - some of the time. It was clever - some of the time. The only things it was about all of the time were sex, redundancy, and obsession.

Summary: think about sex; have sex; drink; lie about sex; think about sex while drinking. Repeat for 234 pages.

I am glad I read it and will read more Markson for the cleverness. I won't read this book again. I got it the first time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Classic Markson 15 July 2012
By Iris L. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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This amazing little book is like a metaphysical pop-up. It presents us with energetic layers of thought and action that slide past and return in different arrangements.
Markson, like Garrison Keillor in Love Me, pretends to write fiction about his real-life promiscuity. Like Tom Robbins in Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas, he clumsily allows his own sexual fetish regarding menstruation to peep in (he did this also in Wittgenstein's Mistress, which suffered for it as much as Springer's Progress). But despite these two moments of spoiled indulgence the book is still dizzingly well-crafted.
This is a lovely read for people who wish New York was still all about the Village, and for anyone who enjoys metaphysical fiction. If you found Markson's assemblage work too opaque to be enjoyable, this is a lighter version you may find easier to digest.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the funniest books around. If you have read other books. 9 Jan. 2011
By Brian Schuth - Published on Amazon.com
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An erotic... no, that sounds too simply pornographic...

A bawdy... no, this isn't "Tom Jones" for god's sake...

A tale of sexual (well, that's too clinical, but get on with the review, dammit) pursuit, success, failure, futility, jealousy, and ultimately triumph. A patently hilarious novel whose jokes run the gamut from Joyce to baseball. That's perhaps a smaller gamut that it appears at first look, but it hits my intellectual sweet spot for sure.

Comic novels are strange beasts, and this is no different. The syntax is bizarre, the protagonist hard to warm up to, the object of his affection alternatingly fetching, unsanitary, witty and aloof. But I fell in love with the whole unholy mess. If I remember right, there's a five page stretch that has laugh out loud jokes about anal sex, Aquinas remembered from *Ulysses*, and Mel Ott. (I may be wrong about Mel Ott. But it was some baseball player. I've lent the book out or I'd check it now). There's really nothing else like this.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best of Joyce 17 Mar. 2006
By John Cullom - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a placeholder review until I finish this (possibly in an hour), but I saw an average of 3 stars because some moron gave a 1 star review and this is not the most widely read book. It should be. Every page reads like the happy moments of Ulysses. Five stars are too few, this is perfect, and yet it breaks 3 of my cardinal rules for novels.

1. Do not put the protagonist's last name in the title in some sort of lame pun (e.g. Last of the Savages)

2. The main character cannot be a writer himself (e.g. everything by Stephen King)

3. Cheating on the spouse is not to be dismissed out of hand as the only obvious course of action.

And yet, who can put this down? Vote for Springer!
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