Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1971 - Fiction - 243 pages
4 Reviews
Gilbert Sorrentino s third novel is about the New York artistic and literary world of the 1950s and 60s, specifically the artists, writers, hangers-on, and the phonies who populated that world. In a prose that is ruthless as well as possessed of an enormous comic verve, the dedicated, the stupid, the rapacious, and the foolish are dissected. Eight major characters, many of whom reappear in Sorrentino s later novels, are employed to allow the reader a variety of views of the same world. Told in the weary voice of a cynical and sardonic narrator, the novel is crammed with fantastic characters, incidents, and episodes, and moves from wit and satire through elegiac brooding, to bitter invective. It is a superb re-creation of a real time and place."

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User Review  - flydodofly - LibraryThing

unbelievable writing talent, lavishly displayed. not an emotion revealed, but intellectually gripping and taking you this way and that, suddenly turning around to show yet another possibility. the master of what ifs, without a why. because he could. Read full review

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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

Hilarious and searing satire of New York's literary world in the 50s and 60s. Beautifully written, the only drawback being a streak of misogyny that I'm blaming on the time it was written. Read full review

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LADY THE BRACH I
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BROOKLYNPATERSON LOCAL
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THE BUTCHER CUT HIM DOWN
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About the author (1971)

Writer, critic and Stanford University professor Gilbert Sorrentino was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1929. He attended Brooklyn College until he served in the US Army Medical Corps. After his two years in the Army, he returned to Brooklyn College to finish his degree. Sorrentino founded and edited the literary magazine Neon. He also was an editor for Kulcher magazine and Grove Press. Sorrentino has earned two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Lannan Literary Award, and the 2005 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on May 18, 2006.

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