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A World Masterpiece,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Recognitions (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
If The Sound and the Fury, Ulysses, and The Master and Margarita stand as the three greatest novels before 1950, then Cormac McCarthy's Suttree, Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, and this one, The Recognitions by William Gaddis, are the three best since 1950. It is truly beautiful. He takes characters, usually stereotypes, and makes them their own, makes them real. He is often said to be a satirist, which is true, but to say only that is to overlook his drama, his tragedies. Plus his prose is remarkable; he is truly a craftsman like Joyce or McCarthy.
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