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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmeric and unique
If you enjoy off-beat literature and haven't read any of Markson's non-novels then I highly recommend that you do so. Somehow he manages to hook, hold and move the reader with a collection of seemingly disjointed factoids about various artists and their compulsions and obsessions. Fresh. Fascinating. Fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is it me?
Zadie Smith loved this. I hate Zadie Smith. (Can one say that?) Or maybe the title worked on me subliminally..
Published on 21 Oct. 2012 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmeric and unique, 22 Jun. 2013
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Mr. John Guerrasio (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Reader's Block (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)
If you enjoy off-beat literature and haven't read any of Markson's non-novels then I highly recommend that you do so. Somehow he manages to hook, hold and move the reader with a collection of seemingly disjointed factoids about various artists and their compulsions and obsessions. Fresh. Fascinating. Fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best piece of American fiction in ten years., 15 Nov. 1996
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This review is from: Reader's Block (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)
If you read one book this year, read David Markson's new
novel. Whether or not you've read any of his previous
novels--which, by the way, represent one of the finest
and most innovative bodies of work of the last thirty
years--Reader's Block will astound you. A beautifully
crafted condensation of language, Reader's Block is the
poetic novel for century's end, recalling those great
Modernist novels at century's beginning. Concerning
the struggles of a writer named Reader, who tries to
write about a character named Protagonist, Reader's
Block is Markson's most refined example of his
telescopic and allusive style. The reader enjoys an
indelible language, told in terse, paratactic
sentences, and it is my opinion that Markson has
always written an absolutely tactile prose. I felt
each word with my fingers. I found myself eating
this novel. The book is also downright fun--for
it is a collage of anecdotes from literary and
art history, anecdotes that reveal the struggles
of ALL writers and artists. This business of art
is not a casual affair. Reader's Block is one of
the purest books ever written, not a novel to
taste but to ingest. We owe Markson everything,
for he is more than gifted and we, struggling
readers, are more than blessed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is it me?, 21 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Reader's Block (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)
Zadie Smith loved this. I hate Zadie Smith. (Can one say that?) Or maybe the title worked on me subliminally..
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