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JR By William Gaddis Frederick R. Karl JR J R is the long awaited novel from William Gaddis author of The Recognitions that tremendous book which in the twenty years since its publication has come to be acknowledged as an American masterp

  • Title: JR
  • Author: William Gaddis Frederick R. Karl
  • ISBN: 9780140187076
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • JR By William Gaddis Frederick R. Karl J R is the long awaited novel from William Gaddis, author of The Recognitions, that tremendous book which, in the twenty years since its publication, has come to be acknowledged as an American masterpiece And J R is a book of comparable magnitude, substance, and humor a rushing, raucous look at money and its influence, at love and its absence, at success and its failuresJ R is the long awaited novel from William Gaddis, author of The Recognitions, that tremendous book which, in the twenty years since its publication, has come to be acknowledged as an American masterpiece And J R is a book of comparable magnitude, substance, and humor a rushing, raucous look at money and its influence, at love and its absence, at success and its failures, in the magnificently orchestrated circus of all its larger and smaller than life characters a frantic, forlorn comedy about who uses and misuses whom.At the center J R, ambitious sixth grader in torn sneakers, bred on the challenge of free enterprise and fired by heady mail order promises of success His teachers would rather be elsewhere, his principal doubles as a bank president, his Long Island classroom mirrors the world he sees around him a world of public relations and private betrayals where everything and everyone wears a price tag, a world of deals where honesty is no substitute for experience, and the letter of the law flouts its spirit at every turn Operating from the remote anonymity of phone booths and the local post office, with beachheads in a seedy New York cafeteria and a catastrophic, carton crammed tenement on East 96th Street, J R parlays a deal for thousands of surplus Navy picnic forks through penny stock flyers and a distant textile mill bankruptcy into a nationwide, hydra headed family of companies The J R Corp an
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    1. Glenn Russell on said:

      This 700 page novel by William Gaddis 1922 1998 is a splendid work of literature And in case you re wondering about the title, JR is the name of one of the main characters, a grungy 12 year old boy who happens to be a financial genius working his money magic from a public telephone booth in a hallway at his school An alternate meaning of the two huge letters on the book s cover could be Jabbering Ruck , since the novel is mostly dialogue and, make no mistake, every single person down on their lu [...]

    2. Greg on said:

      1.Trying to make sense of corporate America is like trying to make sense of Beckett Wait, this was a bad year when you made 5% than last year which was a good year Why are they waiting for some dude who never shows up Why doesn t he just get out of the pile of pig shit.I hate capitalism I abhor it I don t have a better idea for how things could run, but I know that there is something fundamentally wrong with it Corporate America knows there is something fundamentally wrong with it too, that is [...]

    3. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      STARTERS Hey You Listening It s like a darned big brick, isn t it Um Monolithic N Intimidating Listen will you, goddammit Impenetrable Not at all No It s just like anything else that s marvellous and new Whaddya mean It s like me trying to write music Until a performer hears what I hear and can make other people hear what I hear what the audience hears it s just trash s just trash like everything else in this world full of shopping malls Trash Yeah everything you see around here it s just trash [...]

    4. Jeremy on said:

      Do you find books like Infinite Jest too accessible Is Gravity s Rainbow too basic for you Well friends, William Gaddis s J R is the book for you It s got a slew of amazing features Over 700 pages of almost totally unattributed dialogue Only the smallest specks of narration possible to indicate a change of time or setting No chapters, headings or sections and barely any paragraphs to indicate the formal beginning or end of any action Finishing J R, I feel like Frodo Baggins must feel when he fin [...]

    5. Geoff on said:

      I d suggest that what J R documents is the way that America is hollowing out the foundation necessary to even read a book like it, an America that teaches its children via closed circuit television, an America that thinks democracy means owning a share of profit maximizing publicly traded corporations This is what it means to say that J R is about the conditions underlying the impossibility of its own reception If there were a welcoming mass public for books like this, a public able to appreciat [...]

    6. Hadrian on said:

      Rhinegold Rhinegold Purest gold If but your bright gleamstill glittered in the deep Now only in the depths is theretenderness and truth false and faint heartedare those who revel above The Maidens of the Rhine, Rheingold, Richard WagnerThe first thing which struck me about this book was how noisy it was Almost the entire book is ceaseless dialogue, not even stopping for quotation marks or even identifying who s talking The background noise is overwhelming, with Wagner s Ring, televised classroom [...]

    7. Darwin8u on said:

      I mean why should somebody go steal and break the law to get all they can when there s always some law where you can be legal and get it all anyway William Gaddis, JRHow do you rate this adequately heh Four stars allows that humanity or Gaddis might reach a little higher, dance a little quicker, squeeze a little juice out of the GD lemon, but sitting here now it also seems like I would have to go and downgrade all previous fours if I only gave it four stars Five it must be Besides, if I rate it [...]

    8. FrancoSantos on said:

      Por qu la gente infringe las leyes para coger todo lo que pueden si siempre hay alguna ley con la que puedes ser legal y cogerlo todo de todas formas.Quer a leer este libro antes de ir con la considerada mejor obra de Gaddis, Los reconocimientos Con Jota Erre esperaba algo que me permitiera entrar en la narrativa de Gaddis y no sorprenderme con nada que pudiera aparecer en Los reconocimientos Pero cuando ya llevaba m s de 100 p ginas dentro de Jota Erre supe que este libro no era ninguna introdu [...]

    9. Mariel on said:

      Well he, of course he did yes I, because it s one place it s the one place an idea can be left here you can walk out and close the door and leave it here unfinished the most, the wildest secret fantasy and it stays on here by itself in that balance between, the balance between destruction and and realization until Talking day to night Barbie power suits Nine to five to pour a cup of rat poison in your kid s cup of ambition I don t understand money except that I don t have any I don t understand [...]

    10. Sentimental Surrealist on said:

      I ve now read three articles two of them introductions to Gaddis own books on this author that concern the purported difficulty of his work one by Rick Moody, one by Jonathan Franzen, and my personal favorite, William H Gass intro to The Recognitions Rick Moody wants us to believe that this, widely seen as one of the hardest novels ever written, is actually a fun time, and he s not too far off the mark Franzen wants us to believe that reading Gaddis is a brain destroyingly difficult task, fit on [...]

    11. Ronald Morton on said:

      I want to make clear up front that this is the strongest 5 Stars I can give which is kind of a dumb thing to say, but I think rating books is kind of dumb though I can t wrap my head around not doing it All books I give 5 Stars to are highly recommended, I m just saying that this is one of the ones that should just be considered essential Is it as good as The Recognitions Nope Is it almost as good as The Recognitions Yep I really shouldn t have to say on that.This is the Gaddis book that typica [...]

    12. Jonathan on said:

      This book is devastatingly sad This book is devastatingly funny Over cartons and lampshades the mop flew to lodge behind Appletons and he hitched himself back to the edge of the plateau steadying one foot on Won t Burn, Smoke or Smell, looking into it, digging among un developed film rolls, string, an odd glove, defunct cigarette lighters, coming up with a straw beach slipper he fitted descending, paused against to brush another layer of dirt down his front before he sat on the sofa s edge stari [...]

    13. Edward on said:

      JR is certainly a stylistic masterpiece As far as I m aware its structure that is, a single, gargantuan, unbroken passage comprised almost entirely of unattributed dialogue has not been attempted before or since Depending on what you think about the novel, you might interpret this as being indicative of a literary pinnacle, or a dead end I think it s a little of both The brilliance of this novel is in how much Gaddis manages to communicate given the constraints of the structure The settings seem [...]

    14. BlackOxford on said:

      Big Business Is For KidsI grew up just down the road from William Gaddis s home But I didn t encounter his writing until about thirty years ago, first in his enthralling Recognitions, and then in JR which to me is the most important piece of fiction ever written about business.JR, of course, is a six grader who builds a business empire from a phone box He gets to know the tricks of the trade, any trade, by trial and error Hence he can reveal the real ethos of business as he goes along, without c [...]

    15. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      JR is simply loads of fun Don t fall for the Franzen trashtalk about Gaddis being Mr Difficult Just fun And smart NEW A conversation apropos the Dalkey reissue of JR regarding Gaddis, JR, and Difficulty at Open Letters Monthly.Gaddis Annotations is all you ll need to keep yourself oriented to scene and character Don t let that unattributed dialogue scare you off Gaddis has the talent to individuate each of his characters and you won t have to bother reading a bunch of he said and then she said [...]

    16. John on said:

      An essential, a masterwork uproarious yet profoundly troubling, syllable perfect in its rendering of voices both adolescent and doddering, and gathering a vital and thunderous narrative force though it features a cast and a technique that risks utter confusion Indeed, confusion is one of the core themes here, spiritual confusion, as Gaddis here looms up like a recording angel of late 20th Century materialist culture He gets the entire culture, yes, though his plot never moves beyond a middle sch [...]

    17. Vit Babenco on said:

      Since you re not here to learn anything, but to be taught so you can pass these tests, knowledge has to be organized so it can be taught, and it has to be reduced to information so it can be organized do you follow that A mise en sc ne is school but instead of educating it is sowing ignorance and cultivating bad taste The function of this school is custodial It s here to keep these kids off the streets until the girls are big enough to get pregnant and the boys are old enough to go out and hold [...]

    18. David Lentz on said:

      I have long been struck by the irony that the most avid readers of literary novels seem to have been virtually ignored by American publishers who cater to the mainstream Sad to say but American publishing s mindless fixation with mediocre mainstream fiction has had an obliterating effect on American literary culture So God Bless Penguin for having the good sense to bring to light, even belatedly, this breakthrough literary novel by a supremely gifted writer I haven t read a challenging novel by [...]

    19. Stuart on said:

      Glad I finished it, but I wouldn t read it again if you nailed it to my forehead and pinned my eyes open 726 pages of unattributed dialogue No complete sentences, just maddeningly naturalistic speech all run ons and sentence fragments and ums and ahs No chapter breaks A floating POV with only the dialogue to alert you to scene changes and character entrances exits In other words, a migraine dressed as a novel But in all fairness, it s a good novel anyway The title character, a sixth grader with [...]

    20. Alexander Weber on said:

      4.5 5Wow I won t be able to write everything here right now This book is such a monumental achievement I can t imagine what it took to write it, and I can t pretend to understand all of it Everyone is so connected through back channels or invisible ties s hard to make sense of it all Despite it being entirely in dialogue well almost , and despite the book feeling at first as though it may not be able to create a fully formed 3D whole person, the book ends up brimming and overflowing with complex [...]

    21. lyell bark on said:

      this book is so damn long a famous american author named johnathan franzen was compelled to write an essay that was too damn long about how long and difficult this book is, and how he couldnt finish itt he also said the same thing about don quixote, which makes me think he didn t try very hand since like 400 pages of don quixote is about the don showing his di dong to sancho panza via mishaps involving horses, aand also farting.jr isn t about farting or dingdongs most of the time, sadly, but the [...]

    22. Christine Palau on said:

      No no listen look, first time in history so many opportunities to do so God damned many things not worth doing 477, JR I take this rating system way too seriously, and therefore need to explain myself because I have to admit that I did not love this book I m not even sure I liked it But for me to give JR anything less than five stars would also misrepresent my reading experience, and since five stars equals amazing, I m going with that When I was reading JR I thought a lot about pleasure mainly, [...]

    23. J.L. hothot on said:

      Like nothing I ve ever read before At first I wondered where it was going and what the hell it was about, but it earns every page and after finishing it, finally, my first thought was that I needed to read it again in a year or so to catch all the things I missed Audiobook performance is excellent, adds to the enjoyment of the voice of the Gaddis work.

    24. Francisco H. González on said:

      Lo bueno, es un decir, de haber le do padecido La broma infinita que afortunadamente es finita , es que tras haber le do esa novela de David Foster Wallace todo lo que viene despu s tienes ya con qu compararlo y no me refiero a El canon occidental, que m s bien parece La Piedra Rosetta, por sus hechuras monol ticas As que gracias a DFW, tras haber pasado por su culpa todos los anillos del purgatorio, le ha perdido el miedo a todos los escritores, a William Gaddis tambi n Que viene el lobo oir n [...]

    25. J.W. Dionysius Nicolello on said:

      wowUpdate I ve tried my best to find anything to add to the professional and unprofessional reviews of JR online and the best seems to have been said I also try my best to dodge overkill by any means necessary, so herein I ll give you a brief history take on JR, a book I wanted years to read I swear to Whatever finally buckling down to this thing in this blizzard with a week off from work reminded me of what sex must have been like in prior centuries At least for those who waited, and wore so mu [...]

    26. Griffin Alexander on said:

      U S A is the slice of a continent U S A is a group of holding companies, some aggregations of trade unions, a set of laws bound in calf, a radio network, a chain of moving picture theaters, a column of stockquotations rubbed out and written in by a Western Union boy on a blackboard, a public library full of old newspapers and dogeared historybooks with protests scrawled on the margins in pencil U S A is the world s greatest rivervalley fringed with mountains and hills, U S A is a sect of bigmout [...]

    27. Christy on said:

      Hugely disappointing Once you look past the flash of his prose technique, the all dialogue strategy plays like a one note samba, and the characters are mostly tired mid century clich s The humor is strained, except for a few witty puns it s all highly contrived slapstick, and Gaddis has a tendency to repeat any humorous verbal effect multiple times till it becomes tedious, even if it was funny in the first place The portrayal of gender is about what you d expect it to be, sadly Gaddis joins his [...]

    28. Jasmine on said:

      I am not a good classics reader First I would like to thank greg for not recommending this to me I am glad I was aware of it and I am glad I put my best foot forward and I at this point had fun then I had not fun with this book Lets talk about magic mountain It is 706 pages this is 726 I called magic mountain on 440 I m calling this on 413 I wanted to give him another 50 pages but the fact is I am worried first that I will never finish and second that it will hurt his star rating This book help [...]

    29. Meredith on said:

      Among the best I ve ever read Magnificent Hilarious Savage Can t stop marveling As good as it gets So many hilarious and anguishing motifs within DFW s Infinite Jest now seem to me to be perfect and just and right and true little valentines to William Gaddis and what a heartening thought

    30. Nate on said:

      Can we just all admit that this is a hilarious book Like yeah Gaddis is Mr Difficult and highly technical but if the reader focuses too much on that aspect they miss some truly hilarious, screwball moments Like holy shit Bast is living in an apartment where the water s always running and he decides not to like call the water company or the building souper to get it taken care of he uses shirts for towels and he s horrendously malnourished The unattributed dialogue isn t hard to follow as long as [...]

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