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Finding a Form by William H. Gass
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Dec 23, 08

Read in December, 2008

William Gass’s book of essays, Finding a Form, will appeal to those who ponder frequently and deeply on language, literature, and modern culture; I was captivated by his thoughts and writing from beginning to end, even on those occasions when I disagreed and found myself arguing with him. Gass is perceptive, articulate, witty, and highly creative, making the reading of his work a joy and an adventure, his metaphors, observations, and conclusions leaping from the page in nearly every beautifully crafted sentence and paragraph. While there are times when he perhaps too obviously enjoys hearing himself speak, it is hard for the reader not to join in willingly and appreciatively and enjoy Gass’s enjoyment, Gass setting a standard of word-craft and literary virtuosity that few other authors can reach, his mastery of language matched by the thoughtfulness of his convictions and arguments.
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