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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Asked by a publisher to write a preface to her late husband’s novel, Edna defiantly sets out to write a separate book “not just about Clarence but also about my life, as one could not pretend to understand Clarence without that.” Simultaneously her neighbor asks her to care for an apartment full of plants and animals. The demands of the living things – a rat, fish, ferns – ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Coffee House Press (first published 2011)
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Jeff Bursey
This third novel by Sam Savage, like his previous ones, concentrates on one voice, in this case Edna, the widow of a quasi-successful (commercially) writer. She has been asked to write a preface to an anniversary edition of his lone popular book, and this has set her off. In her later years, living on her own, without friends and having suddenly quit her job (I thought of The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, by Kjersti A. Skomsvold, more than once), Edna has her routine, but the request has tipp ...more
Paulo Pires
« Escrito na primeira pessoa, escasso em diálogos, este livro convida o leitor a mergulhar na mente de Edna.

O enredo é focado essencialmente na vida desta personagem, no seu quotidiano e nas alterações que a necessidade de tratar da casa da vizinha lhe impõem.

Através desses pequenos episódios rotineiros e da sua escrita Edna tece reflexões com a sua própria vida e na de Clarence onde a ironia e as suas vincadas convicções alicerçam esta história.

Inicialmente achei arriscado, confesso, a forma co
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Laurie
This was a very good book, but I'm a little concerned at how much I related to the character since the synopsis on the back questions the reader to decide if the main character is neurotic and delusional or not. I don't think she's nuts though...

The book starts out with her writing super fast with a total dumping of words, thoughts, and ideas that make it clear she has been alone for a long time. However, if you can get past that part without giving up, it slows down and the real story of this
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Betsy McTiernan
I read my first Savage novel a couple of weeks ago--The Way of the Dog--and couldn't wait to read another. Like "Dog" Glass is written in a first person, stream of consciousness style. The narrator is Edna, the widow of Clarence, a semi-successful commercial writer who had literary aspirations when they met in their 20s. Though Edna comes from money and is well-educated, she is living on the edge of poverty, having blown through her inheritance while her husband was still alive. She seems to hav ...more
Amy Lutzke
Mr. Savage has a unique style of writing. Last year I read Cry of the Sloth which I didn't like as much as Glass. That book and Glass both have a stream-of-consciousness writing style. Or, as in the case of Glass, a stream-of-confusedness (is that a word?) Edna is trying to "type," not write, an intro to her late husband's successful book that is being republished after his death. She is a tragi-comic figure who moves from thought to thought in a definitely non-linear fashion. Reading this can b ...more
Graham Faught
A 5 star rating from me for this book is slightly biased as I am a giant fan of anything Sam Savage has written. Glass is no different. The way Savage incorporates aspects of the story itself into the way his books are written is fantastic and for me only adds to the reading experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is one that I would recommend to others, though I would likely suggest reading Firmin or The Cry Of The Sloth first to get a feel for his style.
Erika Dreifus
My full review is available to registered users (registration is free) of Writermag.com. Review is based on advance reading copy provided by the publisher.
John
I saw this one going through the Recently Acquired items in my library's ebook holdings, looked quirky, so I figured, "Why not!" The story is told without any chapters whatsoever; the only "breaks" seemed a bit arbitrary, and I'm still not sure if they were intentional, or formatting glitches. Still, it was easy enough to put the book down whenever the story switched gears, usually between past and present.

So, what kind of story is this? Well ... it's a monologue, of a sort, in theory it's the
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Tami
I haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I had won. 9/30/11Received my copy Friday 10/7/11 and have a whole bunch before it. Haven't been able to read more than 5-10 minutes a day for the last few weeks. Will get to it as soon as I can. 10/10/11
Started this last night. 10/30/11
finished yesterday 11/6/11

Edna has been asked to write an intro to her deceased husbands book that is being rereleased. She sets down to the typewriter and types away. There is some mention of Clarence, the hus
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Abel
Igual que me pasó con 'Firmin', parece que el bueno de Sam y un servidor no tenemos química...
Dewayne Stark
I have a typewriter in my daughters garage that I must get soon. Clarence and Edna was a hard read at times. So many pages slipping off the table on to the floor unnumbered. A rat. A gold fish. Notes pasted on the windows and ear miffs. After pondering why typewriters don't have delete keys I finished this book
Sue
I loved Edna's voice in this novel..... the following from the book description is a great summary: "....once again Savage has created a character marked by contradiction—simultaneously appealing and exasperating, comical and tragic."

Katie Coates
Stays with you. Not sure it's 'good' in the traditional sense of being a good book, but Glass is certainly interesting.

Along with Olive Kitteridge, the first book I read this year, Glass is memorable.
Nieves Batista
Muy intimista, desvaría del presente al pasado como la mente de la narradora. Me ha dejado un poso de tristeza. Aunque a mí me ha gustado, no me atrevo a recomendarlo.
Katrina
Jun 14, 2012 Katrina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: adult, fiction
NOT. A. FAN

This writing was way too disjointed, flighty, and artsy for my taste. I was barely able to read my 50 page minimum.

Don't read.
Laura
I got my copy thru Library Thing, a quick read & pretty good book. This book was added with another one that I won on member giveaways.
scherzo♫ -- "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't"
I may have had a little sympathy for Nigel, the rat.
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Sam Savage is a native of South Carolina now living in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor and doctoral degree from Yale University where he taught briefly, and has also worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, commercial fisherman, and letterpress printer.
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“I don't know why we stopped reading together, but gradually we were not doing it regularly, and then without realizing it was happening we were reading different books, and gradually we came not to care about the book the other one was reading, because it was not the book we were reading, and we became bored and drifted off when the other one talked about his book. What we were doing, reading different books, was furnishing different rooms, constructing separate worlds almost, in which we could sit and be ourselves again. Of course those were rooms in which we each sat alone, and we gradually spent more and more time in them and less and less in the house we lived in together.” 2 likes
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