I went back and forth in my opinion whilst reading this book, but ultimately, I think the only reasonable answer is "why not both?"
(This degree of stream of consciousness quickly becomes tedious though, as it makes you realize that your own is equally interesting, if not more so.
Kohler isn't sympathetic either as a hero or as an anti-hero and while I guess that's part of the point, I didn't find that I admired the point.
I didn't enjoy this book in any sense, although the author did display a certain inventiveness. None of the characters are even remotely likeable or interesting, the plot is a dud,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Swartz
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... Read morePublished 8 months ago by pearcearrow
It took me over three years to read “The Tunnel”. This is not really a problem, since although the cover declares it “a novel”, as it is thick, weighty, pretentious, and has a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by WAL
Horrifically tedious, over-written trash novel disguised as art by the wrapping paper called Dalkey, just unbearable. A fat bookworm wrote a fat book that no one will remember. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Healey
Absolutely amazing book. This is the first time I have ever read the first 20 pages of a book and not understood a single sentence!!Published 17 months ago by M. Hanf
I really wanted to like this but I found this book self-indulgent and pretentious. In short, this book thinks it's too cool for school. In that vein I think that Mr. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Paulette O.
In more than one sense. Virtually every second German word and phrase in this otherwise excellent novel is either misspelled or has the wrong grammatical gender. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Jacek Pudlo
This book is disgusting. I thought the sordid language was beyond the pale.
I'm having major trouble finishing it.
It's really, truly, honestly, simply, completely, utterly and unmistakenly a mess. Like something written by a near genius, in the twilight of his years, while living alone in a... Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by Boxodreams