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JR by William Gaddis
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it was amazing

Completely spectacular, best if read very slowly - it is a novel, a very long novel, told almost exclusively in untagged dialogue. Though at first it is dizzying, the characters (dozens and dozens of them) each have their own speech patterns, and through context, the plot (JR, a boy, becomes very rich) slowly becomes clear.

The level of detail is crazy - JR says "this here __" fairly often, and toward the end of the book, he buys HER magazine (a plot set up for many pages), seemingly just so he can say: "This Her Magazine." I laughed many times, thrilled constantly.

It is very Gaddis, in that it in some ways deserves more acclaim, but it is also very understandable that very few tilt at it. There's a willful difficulty here that takes pride in itself. That can be frustrating, but his obstinance masks his mastery.
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October 19, 2011 – Shelved
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August 7, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Nick Scandy Amen.

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