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The Field of Vision

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Winner of the National Book Award

"Wright Morris seems to me the most important novelist of the American middle generation. Through a large body of work —which, unaccountably, has yet to receive the wide attention it deserves— Mr. Morris has adhered to standards which we have come to identify as those of the most serious literary art. His novel The Field of Vision brilliant
Mass Market Paperback, 251 pages
Published by Signet (first published 1956)
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Jerry Pogan
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written but incredibly boring. Narrated from the viewpoint of several different characters I could never find a central point or, really, a story.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
I thought the narrative got progressively weaker. At first, I could find differences between the various characters as the omniscient narrator takes turns on their views and experiences. McKee at the beginning is not particularly likable, but he's a recognizable fellow: a narrow-minded, small-town guy who finds derisive humor is everything different from him, except his friend Boyd, whom he worships. As time goes by, the characters lose their distinctness and it's more the narrator's voice as he ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who want to get through all the NBA winners.

The National Book Award winner for 1957 was a challenging read. The entire story, such as it is, takes place during a bullfight in Mexico. I have yet to read a bullfight story I liked. Most of the book consists of flashbacks concerning the people involved in the life of a man names McKee. For the entire first half of it, I was not completely sure who anyone was.

Each character is a variation on eccentricity and most of them live in Omaha, Nebraska, though off the beaten path of mainstream Americ
1957 National Book Award winner. I liked it at first, but soon got tired of the frequent shifts of perspective and of one character's use of "bullfight as metaphor for his life." Blame Hemingway if you like, but using bullfights as a metaphor for anything strikes me as boring. Even though it was only 250 pages, it felt overlong.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
A book about transformation, the past and the present. I loved the structure and the prose.
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The McKees at a bull fight in Mexico. The impact on the various lives of the protagonist. Young Jordon McKee is in his Davy Crockett hat and his great grandfather the old frontiersman. Boyd is the soliloquizer, squirting soda pop at the bull who loses.

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Wright Marion Morris was an American novelist, photographer, and essayist. He is known for his portrayals of the people and artifacts of the Great Plains in words and pictures, as well as for experimenting with narrative forms.
Morris won the National Book Award for The Field of Vision in 1956. His final novel, Plains Song won the American Book Award in 1981.
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