- Paperback: 976 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (May 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140187081
- ISBN-13: 978-0140187083
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Recognitions (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 1, 1993
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"The novel is like a huge landscape painting of modern New York, peopled with hundreds of doomed but energetic little figures, executed on wood panels by Brueghel or Bosch, and looking incongruously ancient beneath layers of yellowed lacquer. Even the blue skies in the book (the phrase "Another blue day" recurs as a despair-inducing leitmotiv) glow like oil-paint skies in an art museum..." (Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker)
"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)
"[The Recognitions] seems as relevant as ever. For who would dare say that we no longer live in a world in which people 'exchange forgeries of what the heart dare not surrender?' The problem of authenticity in all its forms is always with us, and in reading this extraordinary book we are constantly freed into recognitions ― re‐cognitions ― of many aspects, of the problem, which have deteriorated into non‐cognitions in our mass media age. William Gaddis detects forgery at all levels, but in doing so he has forged a classic." (Tony Tanner, The New York Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R"  and "A Frolic of His Own" ), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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too easy to do in the summer, especially when there are so many distractions. IT helps if you have people to talk bout it with, because
it is NOT something you just pick up and skim or read at one sitting. BUT so worthwhile. Truly .