Omensetter's Luck: A Novel

Front Cover
Penguin, 1997 - Fiction - 315 pages
5 Reviews
Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1966, Omensetter's Luck is the quirky, impressionistic, and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordinary man. Set in a small Ohio town in the 1890s, it chronicles - through the voices of various participants and observers - the confrontation between Brackett Omensetter, a man of preternatural goodness, and the Reverend Jethro Furber, a preacher crazed with a propensity for violent thoughts. Omensetter's Luck meticulously brings to life a specific time and place as it illuminates timeless questions about life, love, good, and evil.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
2
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BlackGlove - LibraryThing

OMENSETTER'S LUCK is an impressionistic steam-of-consciousness novel featuring many voices. A dense yet playful fiction that isn't easy to grasp (never mind keep hold of!). In many ways it is ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - NativeRoses - LibraryThing

Omensetter’s Luck addresses the fragility of love in human society as seen through the pseudo-porn obsessions of a deprived preacher in an isolated community. Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

The Triumph of Israbestis Tott
1
2
40
3
51
4
60
1 The Reverend Jethro Furbers Change of Heart
75
2
157
4
199
5
210
6
222
7
229
8
246
9
254
10
274
11
286
12
303
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1997)

William H. Gass (1924-2017)--essayist, novelist, literary critic--was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He was the author of six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Life Sentences, A Temple of Texts, and Tests of Time. Gass was a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. He lived with his wife, the architect Mary Gass, in St. Louis.

Bibliographic information