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This book well deserved the 1980 Pulitzer Prize it won. I obtained in the early 80s and read and reread it over many months and years. It is a very demanding book not light reading yet well worth it ... Read full review
I guess I'm too jaded to find this book anything but repulsive. It's simultaneously sophomoric and arrogant at the same time... naive yet conceited. It's like listening to teenagers who are way too excited about something -- placing too much meaning in a person or thing. It's Beatle-mania, Bieber-fever. It's sickening the amount of dick-riding Hofstadter does. Yes, Godel, Escher and Bach do have a common theme in recursion but it's only worth a couple page essay at best, not an entire pseudo-science hyperbole piece of rubbish book. His adoration is way out of proportion to their accomplishments. This is what people do when they're od'ing on Prozac. They write books like this. Hofstadter, please punch yourself in the balls. You're a douchebag.