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The Recognitions by William Gaddis
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Oct 12, 2010

it was ok
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There was really a lot of potential here. I am on board with the general premise: in the modern world (he wrote in the 1950s and it's even more true now) where there can be no originality because everything's been done before, in a perverse way it's the counterfeiters who are the most genuine. Or at least, they are the most honest to themselves about what they are doing.

The parts that are funny are very funny. Unfortunately, there's entirely too much of jumping around through a heroin-addled world without much explanation as to what's happening - a 900+ page book that was about twice as big as it needed to be and somehow still skimped on actually touching on the lives of the characters.
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