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By William Gaddis | Comments: ( 970 ) | Date: ( Aug 24, 2019 )

The book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the ur text of postwar fiction and the first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn t read it while composing Catch 22 and V managed to anticipate the spirit of both The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake Gaddis anticipates bThe book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the ur text of postwar fiction and the first great cultural critique, which, even if Heller and Pynchon hadn t read it while composing Catch 22 and V managed to anticipate the spirit of both The Recognitions is a masterwork about art and forgery, and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake Gaddis anticipates by almost half a century the crisis of reality that we currently face, where the real and the virtual are combining in alarming ways, and the sources of legitimacy and power are often obscure to us.


  • Title: The Recognitions
  • Author: William Gaddis
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  • Page: 333
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William Gaddis

William Gaddis was the author of five novels He was born in New York December 29, 1922 The circumstances why he left Harvard in his senior year are mysterious He worked for The New Yorker for a spell in the 1950s, and absorbed experiences at the bohemian parties and happenings, to be later used as material in The Recognitions Travel provided further resources of experience in Mexico, in Costa Rica, in Spain and Africa and, perhaps strangest to imagine of him, he was employed for a few years in public relations for a pharmaceutical corporation.The number of printed interviews with Gaddis can be counted on one hand he wondered why anyone should expect an author to be at all interesting, after having very likely projected the best of themselves in their work He has been frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and especially Pynchon Gaddis s first novel, The Recognitions 1955 is a 956 page saga of forgery, pretension, and desires misguided and inexpressible Critical response to the book ranged from cool to hostile, but in most cases as Jack Green took pains to show in his book of rebuke, Fire the Bastards Reviewers were ill prepared to deal with the challenge, and evidently many who began to read The Recognitions did not finish The novel s sometimes great leaps in time and location and the breadth and arcane pedigree of allusions are, it turns out, fairly mild complications for the reader when compared with what would become the writer s trademark the unrestrained confusion of detached and fragmentary dialogue Gaddis s second book, JR 1975 won the National Book Award It was only a 726 pages long driven by dialogue The chaos of the unceasing deluge of talk of JR drove critics to declare the text unreadable Reading Gaddis is by no means easy, but it is a lacerating and artfully sustained attack on capitalism than JR, and The Recognitions.Carpenter s Gothic 1985 offered a shorter and accessible picture of Gaddis s sardonic worldview The continual litigation that was a theme in that book becomes the central theme and plot device in A Frolic of His Own 1994 which earned him his second National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction There are even two Japanese cars called the Isuyu and the Sosumi.His final work was the novella Agap Agape which was published in 2002 Gaddis died at home in East Hampton, New York, of prostate cancer on December 16th, 1998.



Comments The Recognitions

  • Matthew

    See the face on the book cover? That is my face now as I finish this book. That was my face every step of the way.I heard somewhere while reading this that Gaddis is praised for this work in that he made it the ultimate challenge for the reader. Yay! Let's make reading hard! #sarcasmYou know how you might read a book with 5 storylines that will change each chapter. It might be a bit confusing, but at least chapter breaks give you the chance to regroup. This book frequently mixes many storylines, [...]


  • B0nnie

    This book has me in its grip.Reading The Recognitions is like wandering in a labyrinth, and around each corner there's a new revelation. One feels a little lost at times, but there are familiar sights. Can we trust our guide? Gaddis gives you the sense he knows the wayuntil he lets go of your handd pushes you into the darkness saying, dilige et quod vis fac. You must cling to those words, because that's the only thread this Ariadne offers - except for the follow up text message he sends: btw thn [...]


  • Garima

    Images surround us; cavorting broadcast in the minds of others, we wear the motley tailored by their bad digestions, the shame and failure, plague pandemics and private indecencies, unpaid bills, and animal ecstasies remembered in hospital beds, our worst deeds and best intentions will not stay still, scolding, mocking, or merely chattering they assail each other, shocked at recognition. Shocked, surprised and mesmerized by these Recognitions. Sometimes reading of a book happens without any noti [...]


  • Michael Finocchiaro

    This book clearly influenced Pynchon and DFW and I would imagine Cormac McCarthy as well, but it is pretty damn unreadable. Looking behind The Recognitions, many level that criticism at Ulysses. Well, Ulysses does require some work, but the difference is that Stephen Daedalus as well as the Blooms are fantastic deeply moving and well-drawn characters and we WANT to see them succeed. In The Recognitions, there is a plethora of characters, but none of which I could have more than a shred of sympat [...]


  • Ian "Marvin" Graye

    100 Words in Search of PrecisionThe purpose of both Religion and Alchemy is to realise Perfection.Christianity places an obstacle in the path: Original Sin. We are born with an Inherent Vice. Nobody will give us assurance.Our need for meaning and happiness is so great that we fall victim to fraud and pretence.Gaddis suggests we must love and we must be active, in order to be happy.We need to construct an undivided Self, a Whole, not a Soul.There is only the Self that Lives, therefore the Life th [...]


  • Erik F.

    Overlong? Probably. Grandiose? Almost certainly. Brilliant? Most definitely. This swollen, acerbic cult classic bursts with such wild imagination, vivid characterization and profound eloquence that I couldn't help but love it. Its many characters swirl in and out of each other's lives throughout the nearly thousand-page text, their paths and conversations overlapping like a most rambunctious Altman ensemble film (though with Gaddis's relentless and sometimes hallucinatory skewering of organized [...]


  • Paul Bryant

    I found a great article onLITERARY STOCKHOLM SYNDROMEby Mark O'Connell which uses The Recognitions as its main example - here is the bit I liked, but the whole article is worth a read (themillions/2011/05/th)the greatness of a novel in the mind of its readers is often alloyed with those readers’ sense of their own greatness (as readers) for having conquered it. I don’t think William Gaddis’s The Recognitions, for instance, is nearly as fantastic a novel as people often claim it is. But it [...]


  • Geoff

    Gaddis’s first novel is a big, ambitious thing, a juggernaut, overwhelming, a planetary body’s worth of kinetic energy packed into its 956 pages. “Planetary” is a descriptor I come back to again and again while thinking about this book- it not only reflects the geographic scope of the novel, which unfolds across oceans and continents (though for the greater part we do not leave the microcosmic nocturama of New York City), but also the attempt to put a world’s sum of knowledge and histo [...]


  • Bram

    Probably the best part of the The Recognitions is the very beginning. The novel seems destined to unravel as an absolute masterpiece after the evocative opening in Spain and small town New England, followed by a quick stay in Paris before descending (in the Dantean sense) into New York City for the majority of the book. But then it begins to meander while taking on a new agenda, one less of allusion-heavy storytelling than of society satire sans commentary: Gaddis lets large swaths of the book u [...]


  • Edward

    What I get a kick out of is serious writers who write a book where they say money gives a false significance to art, and then they raise hell when their book doesn’t make any money.- William Gaddis, The RecognitionsI’ve never seen novel by William Gaddis available in any library or bookstore, and the fact that he is not more widely known is something of a crime. You could compare his prose against that of any of the great writers of the last century without exception, and it would more than [...]


  • Greg

    I've been meaning to read one of Gaddis' big novels for years now, ten or so actually. I'd always been drawn more to trying my hand with JR, but after reading Franzen's essay a few years ago on Gaddis I sort of changed my mind, and decided that if the day ever came when I'd read Gaddis I'd start at the beginning of his work. Then of course at some point I realized that being the type of person I am I had to read this book because it fills out the lower rung of the trinity of difficult post-1950 [...]


  • Jonathan

    youtube/watch?v=pEe24q "It rained; then it snowed, and the snow stayed on the paved ground for long enough to become evenly blacked with soot and smoke-fall, evenly but for islands of yellow left by uptown dogs. Then it rained again, and the whole creation was transformed into cold slop, which made walking adventuresome. Then it froze; and every corner presented opportunity for entertainment, the vastly amusing spectacle of well-dressed people suspended in the indecorous positions which precede [...]


  • Vit Babenco

    “He'd only to smile, to yawn, or frankly raise his upper lip and he could show more gold than any of them could wear, even in their most offensive aspirations to taste: jewels by the pound-weight, rings so heavy that they looked like weapons.”Reading The Recognitions is as looking for one’s way in the thickest jungle but it pays manyfold – the novel is like a crock of gold found at the end of the rainbow.“What greater comfort does time afford, than the objects of terror re-encountered, [...]


  • Nick Craske

    Is Bob Dylan Authentic?Robert anglicised himself and veiled his roots. Zimmerman changed to DylanWhat is Authenticity then?The dictionary definition: true to one’s personality, spirit, or character.The Recognitions is many things, but ultimately, it's an artist’s quest of for an authentic self, told stylistically through satire and the exploration of forgery on all levels.Wyatt Gwyon is an artist, who after meeting a rather dubious character with a fabulously dubious name, Rektall Brown, mak [...]


  • FrancoSantos

    Gaddis, en su última obra antes de morir, Ágape se paga: " a fin de cuentas de eso se trata, de eso trata mi obra, del derrumbe absoluto de todo, del sentido, del lenguaje, de los valores, del arte, del desorden y de la dislocación que se ve en donde sea que mires, la entropía engullendo todo a su alrededor". Y eso mismo es lo que encierra entre sus páginas Los reconocimientos, el colapso de los ideales, del ser, de la búsqueda verdadera de sentido, todo aquello con una narrativa que junta [...]


  • Szplug

    The Recognitions—my favourite Gaddis, although he wrote several wonderful books—delves deeply into the theme amongst the most intriguing to me in a novel: exploration of the dichotomy between the increase in both man's material well-being and his spiritual anguish in this, the modern age of consumer capitalism and progressive democracy; an age in which even the sacred and the beautiful are debauched by being made to sell themselves in the ubiquitous marketplace.The principal characters in Ga [...]


  • Drew

    I started reading this book the same way I assume many others did: after a yearlong staring contest. I'd be wondering, hmmm, what should I read now, and there it'd be, the biggest book on the shelf. And I'd sayh. Until finally I decided to stop being a bitch and actually read it.And you know what? It's pretty good. Definitely a work of genius, extremely well put together, chock-full of symbolism and flattish characters and all sorts of other pomo English-majory stuff. Endless riffs on fraudulenc [...]


  • Christopher

    No, I cannot review this. Yes, it took some work. No, your library doesn't have it. Yes, you should read it. Have I answered all your questions? This book has impacted me in ways which I've only provisionally understood.


  • Paul

    I’ve had The Recognitions on my horizon for some time. What really spurred me on to read it was a fellow Goodreader; Bonnie, whose review of this book is magnificent. Sadly Bonnie died last year and I still miss her wit, wisdom and perspicacity; she survives in her reviews and I would recommend you read her review of this.This is not a book that you can pick up and casually read; it demands work of the reader. However erudite or well read you are you will not get all the references because the [...]


  • Mariel

    Is that how he meant it? Before Otto could answer she went on, lowering her eye again, - No, how did he know what he meant. When people tell a truth they do not understand what they mean, they say it by accident, it goes through them and they do not recognize it until someone accuses them of telling the truth, then they try to recover it as their own and it escapes.I want to tell what I mean, what my truth is, without fearing what came out is not what I meant, without hoping what came out sounde [...]


  • Hadrian

    There are so many good reviews of this on already that I'm not sure if I can come up with something interesting or at least original. I'll save this as a project of its own, to be accompanied with organ music on some Italian vacation. Instead I'll offer up a quotation direct from the book itself. Not my words, but his.And then they silenced, each bending forth, closer and closer, tofix the book the other was carrying with a look of myopic recognition. —You reading that? both asked at once, wi [...]


  • Linda

    I've been putting off writing this review because I didn't know how many stars to ultimately rate this novel. After much deliberation, I've settled on 4 stars if only for the simple reason that among the "must-read, difficult, long novels" that this book is usually grouped with, I enjoyed it much more than Ulysses (which I gave 3 stars), yet not quite as much as Infinite Jest (which I gave 5 stars). As far as being a difficult read, I found that it also fell between these two novels.Reasons for [...]


  • David Lentz

    In a habit I sustained in college I make it a practice to underline the most quotable lines of novels I read: The Recognitions has underlines on every page. Gaddis is a major literary talent who hasn't yet even begun to receive the following of which he is worthy. This novel concerns the discoveries, both major and minor, of what is authentic in life: The Recognitions is enlightening, almost beatific, in the way in which it focuses upon the shortcomings and moral lapses of humans in pursuit of t [...]


  • Jonfaith

    We live in Rome, he says, turning his face to the room again,-Caligula's Rome, with a new circus of vulgar bestialized suffering in the newspapers every morning. The masses, the fetid masses, he says, bringing all his weight to his feet.-How can they even suspect a self who can do more, when they live under absolutely no obligation. There are so few beautiful things in the world.Such higher machinations proved beyond me. So much was required. Too often I was found wanting. The Recognitions is an [...]


  • Declan

    Given that The Recognitions ends on Easter Sunday, this would seem to be the perfect day to review a book which is suffused with references to the bible and to manifestations of religious impulses, delusions and repudiations. Somewhere in the rites and wrongs; the tribulations and transubstantiations there is a story about the impossibility of being who we want to be; a profound and, however bizarrely presented, convincing examination of the ontological turmoil which is our lot. More important t [...]


  • Eddie Watkins

    I'm actually not finished reading this yet. I'm saving the last hundred pages or so, just to savor them. I did the same thing when I read through all of Proust. Sometimes I just don't want to finish a book.This thing sat on my shelf for almost 20 years before I read it. I was intimidated by it, but I also wasn't too turned on by sections I would occassionally read. So it took me 20 years to recognize how wonderful it is. And what's strange is that it was a Recognition. I read somewhere that Haro [...]


  • Sarah Anne

    I originally wanted some extra time before my comments because I wanted to review the annotations. This is an incredibly confusing book and to be honest, the annotations didn't actually enlighten me. I feel like this is a book that would be impossible to get the most out of without repeated readings. I do believe that I need to reread it at least twice. In ten years or so. It was crazy confusing.I listened to the audio, which was one of the most amazing audios I've listened to. The guy had to na [...]


  • Christopher

    First things first: let's get the size out of the way. Yes, it is a long book, 956 pages plus a fifteen page introduction. It takes a long time to read, but really it's only the size of three averagely sized novels put together. Its heft will not strain your pectoralis major nor cause any other physical distress it's a book, not an exercise regimen, so there is no further need to talk about its physical enormity or the pain it simply cannot inflict upon your corporeal self.The noncorporeal heft [...]


  • Amanda

    4.5 starsI finished this a few days ago and have been trying to figure out what I want to say about it. I am not an able enough reviewer to really do this book any kind of justice. So I'm just going to say that I loved the experience of reading this. I had both a physical copy and an audiobook. The audio is fantastic. It is narrated by Nick Sullivan and he made the parts of dialog much more understandable but I'm also really glad I had the book because I ended up either reading along with or re [...]


  • Bruce

    To attempt to summarize this amazing book is an exercise in futility. Its nearly 1000 pages are replete with multiple plots, innumerable memorable characters, humor and anguish, clarity and obscurity. Controversial from the time of its publication in 1955, it was initially criticized and dismissed as incomprehensible and valueless, but the passing of time has revealed it to be in the eyes of critics, scholars, and many readers one of the most influential and finely-wrought novels of the 20th cen [...]


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