David Foster Wallace's "Five direly underappreciated U.S. novels >1960

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Omensetter's Luck (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
1.  Omensetter's Luck (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by William H. Gass
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  "DFW: Gass' first novel, and his least avant-gardeish, and his best. Basically a religious book. Very sad. Contains the immortal line "The body of Our Saviour shat but Our Saviour shat not." Bleak but gorgeous, like light through ice."
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Steps
2.  Steps by Jerzy Kosinski
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  "DFW: This won some big prize or other when it first came out, but today nobody seems to remember it. "Steps" gets called a novel but it is really a collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that's like nothing else anywhere ever..."
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Angels
3.  Angels by Denis Johnson
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  "DFW: This was Johnson's first fiction after the horripilative lyric poetry of "Incognito Lounge."..."
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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library)
4.  Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library) by Cormac McCarthy
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  "DFW: Don't even ask."
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Wittgenstein's Mistress
5.  Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
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  "DFW: "W's M" is a dramatic rendering of what it would be like to live in the sort of universe described by logical atomism. A monologue, formally very odd, mostly one-sentence 6s..."
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