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If you are a serious reader of literary novels, then you owe it to yourself to read Gaddis.
It also helps to have an MBA or some business background, as the business deals it describes, to hilarious effect, are sometimes very intricate.
One amazing aspect of this book is that it isn't until you're 400+ pages into it before it really starts to blow your mind.
A prescient novel with a well-earned reputation as a formally innovative postwar American classic that is not as difficult as Jonathan Franzen et al. would have you believe. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Matthew Clemmer
I occasionally admired the book, but rarely enjoyed it. The joke is pretty monotone (you'll get it by page 10). Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mark Schlegel
This 700+ page novel by William Gaddis (1922-1998) is a splendid work of literature. And in case you're wondering about the title, JR is the name of one of the main characters, a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Glenn Russell
There are a few great books that change your understanding of what is possible through literature. Paraphrasing Toni Morrison, the contract between the reader and the author is for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by isecond
I've now read three articles (two of them introductions to Gaddis' own books) on this author that concern the purported difficulty of his work: one by Rick Moody, one by Jonathan... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sentimental Surrealist
Do you find books like Infinite Jest too accessible? Is Gravity's Rainbow too basic for you? Well friends, William Gaddis's J R is the book for you! Read morePublished 13 months ago by jafrank
Not a flawless book by any means but stylistically unparalleled I mean hey what other novel truly represents the ungrammatical and redoubling, the redoubling nature and the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by S.
A work that stands alone and obviously influenced the great David Foster Wallace and the writing of Infinite Jest. A dense, frenetic creation of incredible energy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matt Leininger
Watch your corn sales, price of hogs a hundred pounds goes over eleven times corn a bushel they'll feed the corn to the hogs, goes under eleven hell with the hogs sell the corn . . Read morePublished 22 months ago by ConcupusAl