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The Recognitions is always spoken of as the most overlooked important work of the last several literary generations... Through the famous obscurity of The Recognitions, Mr. Gaddis has become famous for not being famous enough.(Cynthia Ozick)
William Gaddis (1922-1998) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards, as well as a MacArthur Genius Award, a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he wrote five novels during his lifetime. He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.
This book is dense and verbose to the extent that it bores me (and I like James Joyce, so that's hard to do). Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cynthia Hornbeck
Of all the books I've read that came out of the 1950s, this is the best one so far. I don't want to give away too much, afterall there are Gaddis Wiki's for that, but I would... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trevor Smith
One of those little-known american masterpieces...bits of Pynchon forecast.
The grand finale is definitely eccentric (and perhaps unique).
There are at least a thousand reasons to hate The Recognitions - William Gaddis’s 956-page (985 in Kindle) maximum opus. First off, because of the 956-ish pages thing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Il'ja Rákoš
A 954 page first novel is a gamble no one should attempt unless you are Thomas Mann and it is about Joseph and His Brothers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James F. Houle
1. Read with purpose. I'm a college professor who teaches Renaissance lit, so while this wasn't exactly in my area of specialization I had motivation to... Read more
What a conundrum - it's a great book, and I love great books but I keep putting it down and going for something that has more of a direction and flow -- something I can get a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Deborah Bogen
The Recognitions is not merely a novel; like all great books it is an experience, a portal into a reality that you probably didn't suspect was there. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seoigheach