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By John Hawkes | Comments: ( 820 ) | Date: ( Apr 06, 2020 )

No synopsis conveys the quality of this now famous novel about an hallucinated Germany in collapse after World War II John Hawkes, in his search for a means to transcend outworn modes of fictional realism, has discovered a highly original technique for objectifying the perennial degradation of mankind within a context of fantasy Nowhere has the nightmare of human terror No synopsis conveys the quality of this now famous novel about an hallucinated Germany in collapse after World War II John Hawkes, in his search for a means to transcend outworn modes of fictional realism, has discovered a highly original technique for objectifying the perennial degradation of mankind within a context of fantasy Nowhere has the nightmare of human terror and the deracinated sensibility been concisely analyzed than in The Cannibal Yet one is aware throughout that such analysis proceeds only in terms of a resolutely committed humanism Hayden Carruth on John Hawkes s The Cannibal

  • Title: The Cannibal
  • Author: John Hawkes
  • ISBN: 9780811200639
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

John Hawkes

John Hawkes, born John Clendennin Talbot Burne Hawkes, Jr was a postmodern American novelist, known for the intensity of his work, which suspended the traditional constraints of the narrative.Born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University, Hawkes taught at Brown University for thirty years Although he published his first novel, The Cannibal, in 1949, it was The Lime Twig 1961 that first won him acclaim Later, however, his second novel, The Beetle Leg, an intensely surrealistic western set in a Montana landscape that T S Eliot might have conjured, came to be viewed by many critics as one of the landmark novels of 20th Century American literature.Hawkes died in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • mark monday

    another forgotten and brilliant classic. the challenging writing style will put casual readers off, but for me it was great experiencing this bizarre, sinister dreamscape of a post-ww2 germany. or really any kind of blighted post-war city, trying to rebuild. at times it reads like a perverse counterpoint to mrs. dalloway, complete with its own scarier version of septimus smith. overall a sordid but gorgeous novel. the majestic heroine will do anything it takes to survive; eat up!

  • Cody

    If, like me, you’re struggling with what to buy Mom for this upcoming Mother’s Day, look no more. May I be so bold as to make the suggestion of John Hawkes’ The Cannibal? Trust me, it hits all those important points you need to aim for when telling Mom that love is a many-splendored thing.My own Ma is getting ready to enter her eighth decade of life on the planet; chances are that that she has seen a lot in that time. But has she borne witness to a post-World War II terrorscape the likes o [...]

  • Ian "Marvin" Graye

    Babblings of the Avant-GardeIn the Introduction to this 1948 novel, John Hawkes’ mentor, Albert Guerard, says:"John Hawkes is now, at the outset of his career and at the age of twenty-three, a rather more ‘difficult’ writer than Kafka or Faulkner, and fully as difficult a writer as Djuna Barnes."It’s interesting to see the word "difficult" used in this (non-dis-)paraging way before it was hijacked and depreciated by Jonathan Franzen. Difficulty is almost represented as a badge of honour. [...]

  • Nate D

    What's most astonishing about this landscape of destruction is not its cynical and morally ambiguous treatment of 20th century history -- somewhere perhaps on the post-war continuum containing Catch 22, Gravity's Rainbow, Europe After the Rain, and Slaughterhouse Five, all of those less journalistic, more impressionistic attempts to comprehend the disasters of the last hundred years -- but that the Cannibal seeks much the same perspective, but from much much closer to the events themselves, orig [...]

  • Paul Gleason

    I literally just finished reading Hawkes' novel and feel compelled to write about it, even though it's just now passing into my digestive track. But, then again, I don't think that I'll ever get this astonishing novel fully into my stomach - and that's a good thing.The Cannibal is one of those books that will never ease my hunger. It will reside in my body for the rest of my days. I'm so glad it's there.My first rumblings on finishing The Cannibal have to do with what Hawkes completes and what h [...]

  • Vit Babenco

    Surreally tenebrous novel The Cannibal reminded me of Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo - although thematically they are pretty different both tales have thick suffocating atmosphere of descending into hell.“The flats turned away before us, unpeopled, dark, an occasional shell-case filling with seepage, the fingers of a lost glove curling with dew. Behind us the ghosts left the stalled tank and filed downward toward the canal.”Civilization hides some primordial hungers and when the rules are remov [...]

  • James

    4/5It's easy to see why John Hawkes was name checked in the infamous Mr. Difficult essay. Hawkes uses a very spare framework to tell this story, and to be quite honest I could have done some re-reading to really sink my teeth into book. My gut reaction from my hurried reading was that I need to read more Hawkes, so I'm going to just stop here and marvel in the fact that this was someone's debut novel in the late forties. Bring on The Lime Twig !

  • Allan MacDonell

    A novel set in a German hamlet in the immediate aftermath of World War II would be remiss if it weren’t a nightmarish elucidation of the darkest recesses available to the human soul. The community of crippled World War losers and the passing column of arrogant victors doing their murky plotting in John Hawkes’s The Cannibal take readers into degraded regions of ambition and endeavor beyond where light can hope to reach. The view, though not clear, is clearly bleak. Hawkes’s deluded and mur [...]

  • Adam

    Hard to believe all this was made to fit in such a small book. Not a quick or breezy read. No two sentences are alike, except that all of them appear both incomplete and overflowing, mercurial and lapidary. Each sentence fills a frame within which the starkest imagery and its desiccated essence are superimposed. It is a technique of limitless montage, nothing outside its scope. The parts threaten to subsume the whole and it is sublime to behold eddy after eddy. The plot is hidden in the prose, s [...]

  • Reid

    Well, I can’t say I enjoyed reading this novel, but I did enjoy reviewing my notes after finishing it - only then did I start to see the overall picture and glimpse an overall meaning. While reading the book, I mistakenly tried to make literal and linear sense of all that was going on, but it was a challenge, and even when I put two and two together, it seemed more of a chore than an enjoyable puzzle. In fact, the novel is a surrealistic mosaic of war-torn Germany. It’s pretty bleak, and at [...]

  • Alexander Weber

    This was a hard book to rate. I think I want to give it 3.5/5.I really enjoyed the writing, and the eerie surreal nightmare atmosphere. But despite myself I found I was constantly lost as to what was happeningd sort of didn't care to try to fix it. The ending was more clear to me so I found myself really into this world for the last few chapters.I believe this book would make for better reading upon multiple readings. Which is good, it means there are riches still to be discovered. But I don't t [...]

  • Amy

    To be honest, I don't really know what happened in this book. Parts 1& 3 take place at the end of WW2, while Part 2 happens around WW1, but all take place in a fictional German town. The only character shared by both parts is Stella Snow, and from what I can tell, she basically just sluts it up. There's also a guy on a motorcycle - Angel of Death? Poor sap? who knows

  • Markus

    Wer nach den Vorbildern großer Autoren forscht, stößt häufig auf Namen, die mehr oder weniger unbekannt sind und von Kennern als Geheimtipp gehandelt werden. Oft sind dies besonders begabte, kreative Köpfe, die ihrer Zeit voraus waren oder ihr Publikum überfordert haben. In Österreich zB. denkt man dabei an Hans Lebert oder Klaus Hoffer.Einer der amerikanischen, sogenannten Writer’s Writer ist John Hawkes, der die amerikanische Postmoderne, von Thomas Pynchon und William Gaddis bis Will [...]

  • Carl

    It's not as good as 'The Lime Twig', still my favorite of the Hawkes I've read; in the same general vein as 'The Beetle Leg' but not as realized IMHO. All three of them make sense as his first three novels, compared to a book like 'The Blood Oranges', where he's left the surreal nightmare-scapes behind. Incredibly impressive for a 22 year old in the late 1940s. He is a difficult writer, it is disjointed in narrative and minimal in plot, and yet I am drawn to his work, in a way that I can't expla [...]

  • Lark Benobi

    Ok, I really hated this book, but I give it five stars. Let me explain. I had to put it down a lot--sort of the equivalent of covering my eyes at the movies. Reading it did strange, bad things to my heart rate. The book is a masterpiece of oblique anxiety and despair. Events are much more unhinged than in Kafka, with whom Hawkes is sometimes compared. Disturbing and unique.

  • Amanda

    Sparse language ripe with imagery. The devastation seeps from every word.

  • Маx Nestelieiev

    a great first novel, multi-layered and somnambulistic, sur/anti-realistic, man-eating essence of war and nazionalism as cannibalism.

  • Hilton King

    Incredible. Really comes together in the third part, so hang in there. It’s short anyway. Also makes me think of the Noble Cause Confederacy claim too. This book damns everybody.

  • Cody

    I finished The Cannibal a couple days ago and now on to The Lime Twig. The first few attempts to read The Cannibal didn't go over so well. I would get to about page 20 something and stop not sure what was happening. But one thing that always drew me back to this book was Hawkes' brilliant descriptions. They're beautifully written and composed. I love the fact there's hardly and dialogue in it. If Hawkes had written this as a movie it would be an interesting silent film. Unfortunately I didn't kn [...]

  • Hamish

    I'm torn between a 2 and 3 star rating here, but I'll round up. I really wanted to love it; this type of mid-20th century experimental lit (Robbe-Grillet, Lowry, Rulfo, Beckett, etc.) is like totally my thing. I found a lot to admire: the surrealism, the structure, the non-linearity, the inventive language. The problem being that, despite having so much that I look for in a novel, it frequently did absolutely nothing for me. I would read page after page (particularly at the beginning) of these d [...]

  • Connor

    John Hawkes is an amazing writer, and his first book is no exception. It's a postwar novel set in a small German town. It flashes back and forth between right after WWII and WWI.It's not a happy novel; War is inevitable, a new Fuhrer is right around the corner after killing the metaphorically powerful yet tired motorcycle-driving American, and Hawkes can feel the German people urging towards violence (and madness) once again. In fact, the novel doesn't really seem to be an enclosed arc, but the [...]

  • Andy

    Has that grim, "experimental literature" text-focussed flavor, rather sterile. That soulless "academy writing" atmosphere is actually a fine match for the nightmare conception of the action, like a grim music video shot in ostentatiously grainy "experimental film" black and white. But the author doesn't have nearly as much to say as his technique lets on (or his subject matter would seem to demand) and the opacity becomes irritating. This kind of freestyle approach really requires a perfect cont [...]

  • robert

    This rightly feels like a young man's book, because its author was only 24 when it was published. Due to the introduction, I could discern the opaque plot hidden in the murky prose, but this still read like a long, allegorical, free-verse prose poem. The horror did not resonate for me, perhaps because I felt no emotional momentum.

  • Doug Hart

    Strange, strange tale about soldier turned grim-reaper-like biker in post-WWII Germany. Hard to figure out what's going on most of the time but Hawkes' corrosive poetry more than makes up for the lack of plot.

  • The Literary Chick

    Heavy symbolism. In fact, the entire book is comprised of symbolism so if you're looking for a plot, forget it. Shoots back and forth from Germany 1918 to Germany 1945. Think Ageyev or Kiesbye meets Böll.

  • lixy

    couldn't do ito much arty bleak description.

  • Terry

    really don't know what to say---okay

  • Pete Camp

    Certainly beautifully written and very layered tale of Germany immediately following WW11. Full of despair and very dark. Will have to reread to fully decipher Hawkes' meaning. Great read however.

  • Bryce Warman

    Necessitates a revisit. Not an easy read.

  • Cana

    Amazing literature so far! Very intrigued by the writers skill and ability to paint a picture of not only the scene but also the characters themselves!

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