The novel I liked best this year... one dizzying, delightful, funny passage after another... Wittgenstein's Mistress gives proof positive that the experimental novel can produce high, pure works of imagination.(The Washington Times)
Addresses formidable philosophic questions with tremendous wit... remarkable... A novel that can be parsed like a sentence, it is that well made.(New York Times Book Review)
Brilliant and often hilarious... Markson is the one working novelist... who can claim affinities with Joyce, Gaddis, and Lowry, no less than with Beckett.(San Francisco Review of Books)
A work of genius... An erudite, breathtakingly cerebral novel whose prose is crystal and whose voice rivets and whose conclusion defies you not to cry.(David Foster Wallace)
As precise and dazzling as Joyce.... Original, beautiful, and an absolute masterpiece.(Ann Beattie)
This book is emotionally devastating and intellectually challenging. Markson is known for writing in a disjointed, spare, postmodern style -- all his books are collections of facts... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Erika D. Price
This book has won very high praise but it's stream-of-conscienceness and very difficult to read.
I gave up after 12 pages or so. Read more
Be patient. By the halfway mark you'll have a better sense of what's at play. It's well worth it for sure.Published 9 months ago by Thomas O'Keefe
I like contemporary fiction. I don't believe that one need be constantly entertained to appreciate literature. That's my bias. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Novice Monk
This is not really complicated, although it may seem to be.
Although doubtless I had better get some help with this difficulty, being what I was finally forced to think. Read more
Wittgenstein's Mistress is the story of a mind at work in total solitude voicing, quite unintentionally, the great questions of philosophy, demonstrating the links between language... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steven Davis
I have owned the book, Wittgenstein's Mistress easily over 15 years...at the time I didn't even know who Wittgenstein was; I assumed it was the name of the main character in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephen M. Fragale
Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian born philosopher and Cambridge professor (1889-1951): “Was convinced that language creates a picture of the real world and that most philosophical... Read morePublished 16 months ago by mark jabbour
Many novels are well written, captivating and inventive but, ultimately, simple stories. They entertain readers for the period of time it takes to go from first to last page,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Blane