Played out against the backdrop of Paris before the start of the First World War, Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists - the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle-aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who finds himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self-destruction. When both become interested in the same tw...more
The author of a st ...more
Yet, the novel succeeds on its own terms. Lewis's puerile Nietzscheanism blares from ...more
It is notable that Otto Kreisler is somewhat more developed as a character than the eponymous Tarr, whose appearances in the first part (called "Ove ...more
Who is Tarr, and what does the title of the book has to do with the semi-protagonist?
Another question that puzzles me is that the book starts of so hype, we get introduced to
characters that are hard to analyze, and to understand. Lewis' "Tarr" is a good work of literature
but also a very strange one. I feel that eventhough Lewis paints a picture of a delusional
Kreisler, he Kreisler is the only charcter in Le ...more
This isn't a well-known work but I'd actually put it up with other giants of the modernist era. If you enjoy James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett or the like, you may enjoy "Tarr" quite a bit. The focus is more tightly trained on the plot than a lot of modernist works (which are more form and style than anything else) but "Tarr" has some very memorable scenes a ...more
The story that runs throughout is amazing, however obscured it might be by pretentious artistic banter.
Would have been much better if about 50 pages of dull philosophical waxing were cut out. I'm no philistine, but why ruin awesome prose with all that?
Despite all this I really enjoyed it. There is no doubt it is a classic and I'm surprised I haven't heard more about Lewis to begin with.