The Recognitions Paperback – 30 Jan 1986
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"The Recognitions" is always spoken of as the most overlooked important work of the last several literary generations... Through the famous obscurity of "The Recognitions," Mr. Gaddis has become famous for not being famous enough.--Cynthia Ozick
"The Recognitions" is always spoken of as the most overlooked important work of the last several literary generations... Through the famous obscurity of "The Recognitions," Mr. Gaddis has become famous for not being famous enough.--Cynthia Ozick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
WILLIAM GADDIS (1922-98) was one of the greatest writers in twentieth-century America.He wrote five novels and won two National Book Awards, for JR (1976) and for A Frolic of His Own (1995).His other landmark novels include: The Recognitions (1955) and Carpenter's Gothic (1985).Agape Agape was published by Atlantic in 2002. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
as it is moving and as confounding as it is entertaining.
Gaddis work is often compared to Thomas Pynchon, perhaps because
of his tendency to mix absurd character names and slapstick comedy amidst
serious situations. But whereas Pynchon's work is mostly plot driven, with
characters simply providing the outlet for the author's ideas, Gaddis is
brilliant at creating realistic characters whose words and ideas mainatin
the momentum of the work.
In almost every passage of The Recognitions, there is some glorious pay off,
some action or statement that you'll read again and again so as not to forget it,
only to move on to the next passage and be more throroughly moved. Easily the most
rewarding reading experience I have had in years.
Similarly, no intelligent 1999 reader will recreate the wrong-headed obtuseness of 1950s reviewers. Beside being a masterpiece, Gawd, it's a hilarious skewering of pretentiousness.
Shall I sing the love song of Otto & Esme?
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My order just arrived and I'm shocked! Instead of a proper book, I only received what looks like a laser-printed copy of a mediocre scan. Not even a single blank page at the end. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2007 by yannis A
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... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 1998
"The Recognitions" is Gaddis's homage to Joyce and his writing. A highly complex, symbolic, hilarious and moving novel, this book is the start and end of the Ring Cycle... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 1998
One of the all time great American novels. This is the Ring Cycle of American novels.Published on 23 Aug. 1998
One of the great American novels. A splendid book of tremendous symbolism, rich texture, humour and insight. It is also a homage to "Ulysses". Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 1998