Crito's Reviews > Pornografia
Not since Crying Of Lot 49 has the act of finishing been more revelatory than reading the novel for me. I was riding on my enormous respect for Gombrowicz and grasp of his style, but I wasn't exactly in love with it for a while. There's pleasant familiarity in the same old Gombrowicz playing with the absurdity of applying abstract philosophy within plain reality, and a there's his familiar theme about the power struggles between young and the old. However, being one of his later novels, it's written by an ironically mature Gombrowicz. This isn't the insolent, boisterous, and charismatic Ferdydurke, it's a more nuanced, subtle, and honestly drier work. And when the impressive composition of the novel isn't in sight it can drag at the heels at times, with the action being in abstracts. However once it reveals itself in the end you get a sense of the moving parts that made up the novel and it feels good to find a renewed appreciation for a novel that gave you reason to have reservations. I wouldn't recommend it as someone's first Gombrowicz (which is a bit unfair since it's running against Ferdydurke) but this was a pretty great work from old Witold.
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