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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly original, 9 Jan 2004
This review is from: "In the Heart of the Heart of the Country" and Other Stories (Nonpareil Book) (Paperback)
'The Pedersen Kid' (the first story) is a brilliantly original, stunningly powerful and beautifully realised piece of fiction. It has not left my mind for a long after reading it - some two years ago now. William H Gass has a poetic sensibility that I have not seen approached since Carson McCullers - true, I haven't read everything, but from what I have read Gass is an outstanding Twentieth Century Writer and perceptive describer of the current condition.
The second-half of the Twentieth Century; not very many truly great writers; because it is not an age that allows for great artists; a dumbed down, all penetrating public culture and media hype machine that ruins so many with potential. Gass appears to have avoided this. He has a real poetic eye for Truth. To be honest I've never read anything like it. Most authors lose their nerve and give happy endings, or sentimental tragic ones. Gass does neither. A wonderful book that has sent me to read more of his work. Like all the greatest writers he could not be more Iowan, or more universal. I have not been this interested in an American author since Melville.
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