Book :: JR

By: William Gaddis
Pages: 752
Published: 1975
Genre(s): American
Literary Fiction
Award(s): National Book Award (1976)
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A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody. Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, J R is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old—J R—who with boyish enthusiasm turns a few basic lessons in capitalist...

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I tried to enjoy this, but found it rather boring. There were certainly some laughs, but overall I just found it confusing and the characters a bit annoying.

Mar 17th, 2021

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If you haven't read this yet----you are missing out! I laughed out loud constantly! Hard to follow at times, the wit totally makes up for it!

Nov 14th, 2017

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17th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review