Guys I'm literally addicted to the prose in this book.

Guys I'm literally addicted to the prose in this book. It's so much better than 90% of what I've read that its ruined other books for me. What other books can I read that are as beautiful and swirling as this? Obviously Faulkner scratches the itch but I need more

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's also a similar kind of Faulknerian southern gothic like Onensetter's luck, though I found the prose here to be better than Gass' book.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Well, there's obviously The Master (as I like to call him)

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think you know what prose is.

      But you will like The Petersen Kid by Gass and will probably enjoy George Mills by Stanley Elkin. Winesburg Ohio will certainly be of interest. Gass' novellas if you really want more of that prose but it is not the prose you actually want.

      You are more clueless than OP on what prose is.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        I was a little hard there and took the Faulkner a little too directly regarding prose style, a bit drunk.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah I just don't have any idea what prose is

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I wish the word prose was never invented

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            me like the way the words put together

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah I get that but I did spaz out there. Those books should be of interest to you anyways, George Mills especially but it goes in and out of that sort of style, you will love the backsmith bit. Rilke would also be of interest, probably his biggest influence. Maybe Stein especially if you also liked later Gass, she was also a big influence for him.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        what do you think the word prose should refer to, specifically? like how can we get so different possible referents for that word? isn't it simple that there is something in Gass's book that makes OP like the words therein; why do I appreciate sometimes more how Hume selects and puts words together than the content these same words express?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Prose in the literary sense is how an author uses language to convey meaning and this includes all of the structures which make up a story, not just the language literal. So with Gass idea itself is a major part of his prose style and idea will evolve and develop while the character just sits there seething in a chair for 700 pages which is quite different from Faulkner whose characters actually have something akin to a life. Not that Gass always went to the extreme he did with The Tunnel and his characters in Omensetter's Luck certainly have lives but it is the idea and how he plays with it and develops it that identifies HIS prose.

          Michael Silverblatt put it fairly well
          >Prose resolves reality into organism
          Prose is the entire organism, not just sentence structure but the entire unique perspective the author provides and most importantly how they realize that living breathing representation of reality.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >how they realize that living breathing representation of reality.
            so all art is mere representation of reality? what about writers like Ligotti who wear artifice on their sleeve?

            Can you please talk about this gap between realism and expressionism and how they're related to reality?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            It is figurative language, a book in not actually a living and breathing organism, is it? But even then, your imagination is a part of your reality and how you perceive the world, can't really separate them.

            >living breathing representation of reality
            This leads to total mediocrity. It is not preferable to interact with people who hold these views.

            Why is that? Should all characters be limp caricatures and the author constantly remind you that you are reading fiction, that its all fake and does not really matter? Are you Murnane anon?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Way to prove that you have never really read Murnane

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            So that is a yes, you are Murnane anon? He beats you over the head with the meta in A Million Windows, outright explains it but does not use his explaining of it as a part of the metafictional narrative, just explains it.

            Fancy way of saying that ypir reality is a combination of imagination and experience. Gass couldn't find a new perspective to write in so he jumped through hooplas to suggest that his book was different from others with a single character with a deep conscious.

            Rather low effort bait which demonstrates your ignorance of literature and Gass. The great authors realize all that they really have to offer is their own perspective, they do not invent perspective they explore their perspective from every possible angle.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Shut up moron.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            -32/10

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >living breathing representation of reality
            This leads to total mediocrity. It is not preferable to interact with people who hold these views.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Fancy way of saying that ypir reality is a combination of imagination and experience. Gass couldn't find a new perspective to write in so he jumped through hooplas to suggest that his book was different from others with a single character with a deep conscious.

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    William Gaddis. Gass was a huge fun of his.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      *a huge fan
      t. phoneposter

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Gaddis is great but the bulk of his writing is not what OP is looking for, absolutely has moments of it though.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Read more Gass obviously if you haven't. The Tunnel is a bit of an outlier compared to everything else, but it's still frickin wild.

      Gaddis is great, but he's a very east coast writer compared to how Gass feels like a genuine midwest writer.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >What other books can I read that are as beautiful and swirling as this?
    Anything prosaic by Dylan Thomas.
    Also anything by Nabokov.

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    op is addicted to wiener

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bumping this because I read Omensetter's Luck recently and loved it.

    Ever read Naked Lunch, OP?

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