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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Gass explores, in typically masterful prose, the problems of identity in the context of the brutality of the 20thc. He is one of the great technical masters of language, and his love for alliteration and simile imbues the novel with beauty and rhythm.

Please note that the one star review is from a notorious amazon Troll, whose reviews should not be taken...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Off
A particular musical note and the nonsensical focus on it rather lies outside the story, a clunky C4 appendage that is just there, hideous in its honorific purpose, a prefabrication tuned to distract a soft storyline who's jumping off point is the Hitler's-its-only-a-matter-of-time motif used, reused, employed, detoured in every other book ever written and this backdrop...
Published 18 months ago by Chris Roberts


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 3 May 2013
This review is from: Middle C (Hardcover)
Gass explores, in typically masterful prose, the problems of identity in the context of the brutality of the 20thc. He is one of the great technical masters of language, and his love for alliteration and simile imbues the novel with beauty and rhythm.

Please note that the one star review is from a notorious amazon Troll, whose reviews should not be taken seriously (as his rambling and poorly written reviews should indicate).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Off, 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: Middle C (Hardcover)
A particular musical note and the nonsensical focus on it rather lies outside the story, a clunky C4 appendage that is just there, hideous in its honorific purpose, a prefabrication tuned to distract a soft storyline who's jumping off point is the Hitler's-its-only-a-matter-of-time motif used, reused, employed, detoured in every other book ever written and this backdrop has made readers inured in a sense to the depravities perpetrated by the Nazis, every inch of occupied land has a footnote, the death camps are household names, fiction has no place in the carnage lest of course it was directly experienced by the fictionist and only if he or she must, yes, dredge it all up again and lean towards miring yourself in a self-defeating state of mind, a horror on every page and a volume poisonous to the touch and so ever forward to Austria, Catholics made out in their figurative faith in the literal garbs of Jews, why did Hitler seek to annihilate Catholics too, I've not heard of it, onward to our husband and wife who land in England, a child is born and the patriarch drifts off into the famous silty London fog ...nevermore...the small family unit gets it and acts on the hint, Ohio, our Ohio, is there really such a place for really it is Kansas that is the beginning and end of the world, just ask God and too Satan will attest in the affirmative, yes Ohio it is, settle in and slowly you will seek to lose your mind or it will happen unconsciously and fired synapses spark the brain to the fore a consciousness of the protagonist who is more paper mache, bloodless and markedly unremarkable through and to a point and the whole of it authored by a man enamored with his verbiage castles, twelve letter words and adjectives that weigh down the pages, one weeps for the paper that must endure the crowded prose and so now after the long years it is indeed, finally, William H. Gass' final novel, Hail and Farewell and in marking such you are now in possession of a Chris Roberts one-star review, sing it on the mountaintop or paste it on your chest in pride for when the dying days fall empty like the rain hold tight this critique and you will know that you have arrived, you have made it.

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