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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; New edition edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564782131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564782137
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Gass has produced a book that burrows inside us then wails like a beast, a book that mainlines a century's terror direct to the brain."-"Voice Literary Supplement"


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I read this novel with a strange mix of emotions. The anti-hero is as unappealing as an anti-hero should be. His character, obsessions and career in Hitler studies do not make it easy to identify with him. However gradually Gass creates a character who is multidimensional and not without sympathetic qualities.
At times the writing is absolutely stunning. At these points I was convinced that this was one of the truly great modern novels, but then there would be longeurs when I just wanted to finish quickly. By the end I was convinced that the novel was one that will haunt me for a very long time. However it is not in the class of William Gaddis, who remains, for me anyway, the exemplary American novelist of the recent past. I am reluctant to say this but I feel that Gass would have benefitted from a more rigorous editor.
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The most stunningly written book I've read in a long time, somewhere between Laurence Sterne and Nabokov.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously written and utterly appaling. Gass's narrator creates a varitable anatomy of hatred and animosity. Enter with care. 25 Mar. 2015
By jafrank - Published on Amazon.com
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Jesus. Christ. This a nightmare. A gorgeous, linguistically breath-taking masterwork 26 years in the making, but a nightmare none the less. William Frederich Kholer, who might or might not be a proxy for Gass himself, just vomits hate at EVERYTHING. His placid, academic life, his miserable midwestern childhood, his straight-out-of-a-nightmare parents, his feckless colleagues, his wife, his kids, his students his culture, his age, and above all, himself.

And yet the whole thing is told in a crazed first person voice that moves with hypnotic virtuosity between flashbacks of domestic life, bitter childhood reminiscences and that is shot through with rants, screeds, dirty limericks, experimental typesetting and word play so acidic and so funny that I actually found myself laughing out loud at several points. Like Celine, Gass creates a sickifying, vaguely fascist logic that seems to reach out, grasp at, and state right into the very worst parts of oneself. If Dante's inferno had a 10th level, it would be sitting in a room having a conversation with this books narrator.

This is a potent, at times jaw-dropping work of literature, and easily stands toe to toe with the more widely celebrated works of its age, but it's also an invitation to explore raw hatred in its numerous, crippling forms. The Tunnel offers a crushing, deforming view of humanity and history that I was almost completely revolted by. It's also, I think, a masterpiece. Pick this up at your own risk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! 27 April 2016
By M.D. Kuehn - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply amazing. As a result of this one novel, Gass has become one of my favorite authors, with the likes of Joyce, Pynchon, Mann and Wallace. Every page, every paragraph is filled with prose beautiful, inventive, and challenging. Not for the squeamish, the faint of heart: There's raw emotions, real evil unearthed in THE TUNNEL. But if you love literary works and a challenge, don't miss this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Feb. 2015
By Alex Attanasio - Published on Amazon.com
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FOR MADMEN ONLY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional vortex 31 Dec. 2013
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I was drawn into the Tunnel and could not escape its disturbing reality. Others have identified the virtuosity of Gass's literary craft, I agree, but the book is more than literary genius, it is a haunting look at life, death, and all the follies between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very complicated and challenging book. I ... 24 Aug. 2015
By Patrick Achord - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very complicated and challenging book. I listened to a lecture by the then-81-year-old author, William Gass, in 2006, and almost couldn't keep up with him.
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