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Wittgenstein's Mistress Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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
"I can't think of the last time I held my breath when I read a book, waiting for the author to make one slip. Markson is as precise and dazzling as Joyce. His wit and awesome power of observation make this fictional world utterly convincing. I couldn't put this book down. I can't forget it. While Markson himself would deplore the use of a cliche, all I can say is that this book is original, beautiful, and an absolute masterpiece. Anyone who reads it can't think about the world the same way." --Ann Beattie
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The narrator forms this jumble of information into innumerable weirdly wonderful, laugh-out-loud syntheses. For example, a story that Rembrandt's students painted on his studio's floor images of gold coins, which Rembrandt would stoop to pick up no matter how often the trick was repeated, leads to the recollection that Rembrandt eventually had to declare financial bankruptcy. The narrator then combines these two anecdotes with the fact that Rembrandt lived in Amsterdam as a contemporary of the philosopher Spinoza to produce an imagined conversation between the two famous men in a corner shop. " `Oh, hi, Rembrandt. How's the bankruptcy?' `Fine, Spinoza. How's the excommunication?' "
Sprinkled among these fractured observations are obscure hints as to how and why the narrator has reached the point of what can only be madness.Read more ›
It seems to me David Markson’s novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress (1988) is an attempt to untangle Wittgenstein’s philosophy as laid down in his book (Wittgenstein’s) Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, via the workings of the mind of a mid-aged woman, Kate, left alone in the world – all alone. Her mind’s workings, or “inconsequential perplexities” (= anxiety); is the subject matter of the story. There is not really a plot in the conventional sense. Kate puzzles over (among many other things) a book she found in a carton of books, in the basement of a house she’s taken to living in, on the beach of the northeast coast of Italy, sometime in modern times because there are cars and trucks for the taking and driving and playing of music in tape decks (electricity and all power energy is defunct.) There are tennis balls, rackets, and a court. Perhaps a domestic cat has survived with her. She remembers, if not always accurately, the history of writing, philosophy, art, and music. The book she puzzles over is titled Baseball When the Grass Was Green (a real book) which throws her for a loop, or ties her mind in knots.Read more ›
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Our book club discussed this book last night for several hours. A number of participants didn't get beyond 50 pages. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by David
A dear, dear friend, and if that colors this review I don't care. David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut and William Kennedy -- none of whom I have much regard for -- all judged this... Read morePublished 25 days ago by michael hudson
Brilliant in its nothingness everything. As Derrida observed, to feel an archive fever is "to burn with a passion."Published 3 months ago by jac
I ended up absolutely loving this book! Though it was hard to follow at times, it is an underrated genius piece of art.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very unique writing style that was difficult to get used to, but a fun approach to literature that you don't find many other places. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joshua R. Richards
One of the most awful books I've ever read. The narrator is a delusional egomaniac and the writing is unspeakably pretentious. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ConnoW
My rating is a reflection of my literary deficiencies and not of this book's quality. It was simply too abstruse -- well over my head.Published 10 months ago by dyrdee
Awesomely amazing book! I feel I am typing as Kate! I am dragging a stick across the sand! Yes. Me.Published 14 months ago by Patrick Redmond