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The Recognitions
By: William Gaddis
Pages: 976
Published: 1955
Genre(s): American
Literary Fiction
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A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by William H. Gass. The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the “ur-text of postwar ?ction” and the “?rst great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn’t read it while composing Catch-22 and V., managed to anticipate the spirit of both”—The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line...

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I struggled a bit with the plot and found myself getting a bit bored at times, however some of the interwoven stories did capture my attention at times. Not a bad book, but not great.

Jul 6th, 2021

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Jan 20th, 2019

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language was wonderful; confusing plot line but interesting

Oct 23rd, 2017

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