Wittgenstein's Lolita Paperback – 1 Mar 2006
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About the Author
William Gay is the author of the novel The Long Home. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and New Stories from the South 1999 and 2000. He was awarded the 1999 William Peden Award and the 2000 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.
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This is a short novel; but, not a wasted word. He has a wonderful turn of phrase. One-liners that will just stick in your mind.
Superb characters. Taut plot.
Bring on the next book.
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According to the book blurb "The Iceman" is an excerpt from a novel in progress. The character Yates hires on to help an iceman deliver a load of ice, only to be confronted with what Rick Bragg would describe as a train wreck. If possible, Gay's prose here is even more beautiful than in the first story.
In J. M. White's afterward he gives a brief biography of Mr. Gay and reminds us that the author fell in love with language when a seventh grade teacher gave him a copy of Thomas Wolfe's LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL and William Faulkner's THE SOUND AND THE FURY. Mr. Gay's voice is uniquely his own; he writes like no other writer and is a perfect example of why writing cannot be taught.
Wittgenstein's Lolita is a collection of two- yes- just two- of Gay's most powerful and surprising short stories. The title story is set in modern times, and the characters are modern, articulate, and well-read people. This does not stop them from inhabiting a landscape that is as haunted as anything in Edgar Allen Poe, or being as murderous -- well, that would be a spoiler.
The prose is beautiful, reminiscent of a stripped down Cormac McCarthy, closer to the bone, full of power and the unexpected phrase, description, action, observation.
I'm proud to have the little book in my collection.