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Carpenter's Gothic (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Paperback – March 1, 1999
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"Everything in this compelling and brilliant vision of America--the packaged sleaze, the incipient violence, the fundamentalist furor, the constricted sexuality--is charged with the force of a volcanic eruption. Carpenter's Gothic will reenergize and give shape to contemporary literature."Walter Abish
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Liz, a stunning redhead and post-debutante daughter of a corporate tycoon whose bribery scandal provoked suicide several years back, is being fleeced by the company pals of her father's, who are administering her father's estate in their own interest. She has a husband, Paul, a battered ex-infantry lieutenant, her deceased father's bagman, who married Liz for her dough and is now helplessly watching it vanish and trying feverishly and incompetently to establish himself as a public relations consultant to a cartoon backwoods evangelist. She has a brother, Billy, a prep school dropout who finds nothing worth doing and finally makes one pathetic and fateful effort in the wrong direction, and she is chanced upon by McCandless, a mysterious stranger, her landlord, who effortlessly seduces her and then tosses her aside for a chance to ride into town with the brother who just keeps showing up. Even Liz's only friend, another heiress trying her best to run through the dough left her by a despised aunt, calls Liz collect from Acapulco. Her life is one ridiculous situation after another, and then it ends, pointlessly, at age 33.
McCandless, the landlord, is an initially interesting figure whose incessant smoking may offer something of a key to his real character.Read more ›
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Taking place exclusively in the eponymous dwelling, CG is a long-winded and by turns creepy and satirical yarn told primarily through the eyes and thoughts of a psychologically,... Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Kevin F. Tasker
What a bleak world `Carpenter's Gothic' depicts: a world of chicanery, cynicism and opportunism - a world largely absent of compassion and love. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
Often this is considered the least of Gaddis' novels, the most obvious reason being that it's the shortest, although that isn't the only reason. Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by Michael Battaglia
this book was terrible. it is nothing more than a twisted and messed up story that is supposed to have some meaning and substance to it. but it doesn't. Read morePublished on September 26, 2003
It says nothing he didn't say better in JR, which though somewhat less accessible, is a richer, funnier and satisfying novel. Read morePublished on October 25, 2002
I read it a long time ago, and some of the dialogue has stuck with me, but overall there's an emptiness of vision underlying this work. Read morePublished on September 21, 2002 by hllib