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Summary The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Masterpiece The story of a middle aged professor who upon completion of his massive historical study Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany finds himself When this book was published in 1995 by Alfred Knopf I was in the middle of deep reading on the Holocaust Many of the titles I still hold in my library I felt at the time that an inundation in this subject matter kept me from enjoying The Tunnel I was wrong about that though I am deeply thankful to MJ for jogging me back into a reconsideration of the novel I stopped reading at page 55 The main reason lack of narrative pleasure Let me explainFirst the premise a US academic specializing in the Holocaust who speaks German has a German name but no personal connection to Germany is reconsidering his life in a chair That is to say his many years spent studying the death saturated enigma that is the Holocaust and the role of its perpetrators His name is Kohler like the plumbing supplier and along the way he says I have fed too much death to the mouth and matter of my life and so hav

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Thirty years in the making William Gass's second novel first appeared on the literary scene in 1995 at which time it was promptly hailed as an indisputable RING THE BELLS RING THE BELLS THE GREAT MAN IS GONE FLOAT YOUR GASS REVIEWSThe first 200 pages of this novel carry the reader aloft on flowing waves of sumptuous musical prose sentences so serpentine and silky so alliteratively slinky one s only response is to ride these dreamy masterful currents of polished perfection with near spiritual ecstasy After the first 200 pages or thereabouts the novel takes muckier knotty horror packed digressions and balances these with freuent flare ups of the musical magical waves of Gass pleasure The book alternates between these extremes for its duration creating what Colin Pie has called as a lovely schizophrenia Gass s novel is one the most exhilarating explorations of a vile mind in existence His use of discombobulating typographical techniues deceptive comical limericks utterly immersive internal monologues the Henry James stren KING balances these with freuent flare ups of the musical magical waves of Gass pleasure The Ty jesteś moje imię book alternates The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy between these extremes for its duration creating what Colin Pie has called as a lovely schizophrenia Gass s novel is one the most exhilarating explorations of a vile mind in existence His use of discombobulating typographical techniues deceptive comical limericks utterly immersive internal monologues the Henry James stren

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Writing a novel about his own life instead of the introduction to his magnum opus The Tunnel meditates on history hatred unhappiness and above all languag Our proper bliss depends on what we blameThis unhesitatingly gets the full fathom 5 star treatment because without a doubt it is an amazing work I was amazed among a host of other emotions and the 26 years of labor Gass put into The Tunnel are apparent in every carefully wrought sentence in this monster masterpiece However it is an extremely unpleasant read perhaps the most unpleasant and disturbing read I ve come across in my 35 years of intellectual intake The fact that such heights of beauty and musicality are mixed with such abysses of misery and violence compound the disturbing nature of this experience it is a total experience mind and body and I can only come to one conclusion about this book it is the only work of fiction I know that encompasses and unsparingly realizes the full consciousness of the 20th century in a single thrust That wolfhound age that sprawl of


10 thoughts on “The Tunnel

  1. says:

    There are so many possible ways of existence “We have not lived the right life” But is there the right life to be lived The Tunnel belongs among those books one drowns in like in the delugeThe man of action has a destiny a star he follows and it draws him on like the Magi or so it’s said; the taillight of a car it’s said; the flag of a deer The creator courts the muse pays tribute and pursues sucks sips sniffs puffs pops screws

  2. says:

    RING THE BELLS RING THE BELLS THE GREAT MAN IS GONE FLOAT YOUR GASS REVIEWSThe first 200 pages of this novel carry the reader aloft on flowing waves of sumptuous musical prose sentences so serpentine and silky so alliteratively slinky one’s only response is to ride these dreamy masterful currents of polished perfection with near spiritual ecstasy After the first 200 pages or thereabouts the novel takes muckier knotty h

  3. says:

    O William GassSuch a pain in the assHis difficult proseGets right up my noseNote I've been reading this novel on

  4. says:

    It feels like I have been reading this for as long as Gass spent writing it; it’s a hefty tome and not easy to read The primary character around whom all this revolves is William Frederick Kohler I am reliably informed that in the US the word Kohler has plumbing connotations He is a middle aged history professor at a mid western university who has just completed writing his magnum opus Guilt and Innocence in Hitler’s Germany

  5. says:

    When this book was published in 1995 by Alfred Knopf I was in the middle of deep reading on the Holocaust Many of the titles I still hold in my

  6. says:

    RIP Hamlet What have you my good friends deserv'd at the hands ofFortune that she sends you to prison hither Guildenstern Prison my lord Hamlet

  7. says:

    Being William Kohler The Tunnel is a sort of portal through which we enter into the head of one William Frederick Kohler We poke around in his memories and his thoughts exploring all the little twists and turns of his mind The uestion of how a child goes from innocence to becoming a monster is answered through Kohler's ramblings and flashbacksBut monster is the wrong word here He never achieves anything that grand There is no murder or tort

  8. says:

    Our proper bliss depends on what we blameThis unhesitatingly gets the full fathom 5 star treatment because without a doubt it is an amazing work; I was amazed among a host of other emotions and the 26 years of labor Gass put into The Tunnel are apparent in every carefully wrought sentence in this monster masterpiece However it is an extremely unpleasant read perhaps the most unpleasant and disturbing read I’ve come a

  9. says:

    The Tunnel ConceitThe tunnel is an authorial conceit on the part of William H Gass as well as his protagonist William F KohlerIt's probably best to abandon any preconceptions of what it might mean when you enter either tunnel as a readerThe metaphorical tunnel doesn't represent an escape route out of anywhere

  10. says:

    For six hundred and fifty one pages Gass invites the reader to wade through a lifetime of memories dredged—and at times perhaps cooked—up by a caustically disillusioned and despairing professor of history at a midwest American university a reminiscence that functions as a delaying tactic against the completio

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