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a 13 year-old's revelation of academic futility,
By A Customer
This review is from: Giles Goat-Boy (Anchor Literary Library) (Paperback)
the first review listed here was pretty good. too bad the web site is defunct. seeing only one review, i just had to be number two :)
... i dont remember how i happened to try to read this book when i was 13 back in 1970, it was probably lying around the farmhouse of my literary uncle. Dont remember much about it, but for some reason parts of it have stayed with me, the vision of literary gloss upon gloss recursing to the depths of infinity still surfaces in my consciousness occasionally. Read this about the same time as Vonnegut's 'Sirens of Titan', which, fwiw, was a more influential book for my emerging world-view, and somehow their themes seemed to overlap in visions of futility and complexity. This book probably made me lose any desire to pursue an academic career. Now, at the middling age when i read practically no nonfiction, and all my reading is work-related and hyper-technical, this is one of the nonfiction books i am pondering rereading, along with 'The B! oomer Bible', as examples of books i kind of dismissed at first reading but have somehow stayed with me, and which i feel may have some relevance for the work-aday phase of my life's journey.