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The Tunnel by William H. Gass
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Oct 24, 09

Read in October, 2009

This book will give you gas.

This was supposed to have been written in 30 long years, so the author started writing this at around 40 years old and finished it at around 70.

If you're going to write a book that long period of a time, that could only mean that you didn't have that inspiration to write one. That shows here. This book just rambled on and on, without direction. Sometimes the author would talk about his wife, sometimes about his small penis, then Hitler, then he would write his paragraph shaped like a box [with blank space in the middle:], diagrams and drawings galore! 652 pages of nonsense and yet what does the book's blurbs say:

"an indisputable masterpiece"

"a book that burrows inside us then wails like a beast, a book that mainlines a century's terror direct to the brain."

"an extraordinary achievement, a literary treat...pulls rabbits out of sentences and creates shimmering metaphors before your very eyes."

"the most beautiful, most complex, most disturbing novel to be published in my lifetime."
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