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  • Paperback
  • 304
  • Omensetter's Luck
  • William H. Gass
  • English
  • 23 July 2019
  • 9780452257856

10 thoughts on “Omensetter's Luck

  1. says:

    Words were superior; they maintained a superior control; they touched without your touching; they were at once the bait the

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    Israbestis Tott is like a well full to the brim with stories He draws up stories daily hourly first lines spilling from his lips by the minute In the mornings Matt was like a bell Omensetter was a wide and happy man Furber never listened He declaimed Henry Pimber lay with lockjaw in his bedThere is the story of Kick’s cat the story of the m

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    when I was a little boy and learning letters — A B C love was never taught to me I couldn't spell it the O was always missing or the V so I wrote love like live or lure or late or law or liar Omensetter’s Luck is an ode to words While in most of the fiction writing the characters the plot the beginning the middle the end all gives rise to the words it’s the other way round in case of this book and William

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    A wonderful postmodern novel set in Gilean Ohio in the 1890s Brackett Omensetter arrives in the town with his family He appears to be at one with the world; I’ve seen the word congruity used to describe his relationship with the world His wagon is open and rain seems inevitable but does not come He moves into a proper

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    In his afterword Gass kibitzes about the strange route to finally scorch Omensetter’s Luck into print His origi

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    I Know Not WhenceNor Whither Willy Nilly BlowingWilliam H Gass positions words on the page one after the other Soon a sentence takes shape then a paragraph then a chapter then a section then a novel in its entiretyThe word

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    Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurd? A word is a word is a

  8. says:

    According to some interviews and things like that Omensetter's Luck was DFW's favorite books My own track record with reading DFW recommended books is hit and miss sometimes they seem to work out and other times as in the case of a Curtis White novel I am just left feeling blah and unimpressed This book falls into the second categoryParts of the book are really great and some of the writing is phenomenal but I felt that

  9. says:

    If you are like me one who loves the sounds of words how they sing sentences that embed in the mind with their craft this

  10. says:

    This book is elegant madness Beauty given meaning both because and in spite of life's brutality Chaos in 300 pages of one gorgeously rendered sentence chasing another and another and another down the spiral of ebbing sanity and diminishing c

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Omensetter's Luck

Ary 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 Reveren. In his afterword Gass kibitzes about the strange route to finally scorch Omensetter s Luck into print His original MS was filched by a creepy colleague a possible candidate for the punning Culp in The Tunnel and rewritten tirelessly over the unhappy fifties and sixties with the occasional interlude for prawn poisoning and Accent success Eventually the novel appeared in 1966 with help from his friends falling to earth like a particularly tetchy meteorite Comparisons to Faulkner Joyce and Stein are slung about like so many dead cats at a dead cat convention and while Gass is clearly working within a strictly modernist mode the comparisons confine this masterful prose to the redundancy of similarity sure Furber s internal monologue has the meandering drear of Dedalus on the beach and parts of his narration drift into Steinian opacity but the way Gass builds the rage tension madness and fly on the wall horror of this novel is uniue to his own dark vision The Furber story at over 225pp is where Gass truly grinds his barbed wire prose into the page building up this bent cleric s downfall with symphonic dialogue and monologue until the most lucid and devastating stretch of the 70 or so pages that wind up the novel with an extended scene that drips with futility and hopelessness and black humour If not uite as musical or accomplished as The Tunnel this debut novel still hurts and hates a lot Hard

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D 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 uestions about life love good and evil. If you are like me one who loves the sounds of words how they sing sentences that embed in the mind with their craft this is a book to relish Phrase after phrase to read out loud to listen This is not completely accurate the story spoke itself out loud to me as I read It spoke in its voice This was the voice it seemed to me of the work not of the author All I was reuired to do was read and listen Something similar generally happens but it is in the end my voice reading the work in my mind the reader s voice As Omensetter s Luck progressed my voice vanished I believe I could have taken a break gotten some popcorn and the novel s voice would have continued on without meThe artistry of this language unfurled itself against the largest rock shorn uestions which could be found death pain resurrection belief veracity history and whether to live There are no signs announcing such is being done Even when bejeweled with the brilliance of metaphor we are too occupied living the unfolding story which is leaping and shifting through time residing within the complexities of characters to notice any traceGass s opening section The Triumph Of Israbestis Tott is remarkable for all that it accomplishes in inviting us into the story and foretelling what is to come Elderly he is attending the auctioning off of Missus Lucy Pimber s possessions following her death He does not recognize those who peopled this small country town in the late 1880 s with him They are dead or ailing As one of the last survivors of the time he is left with the mantel of inscribing its history Even Israbestis can see his accounts are stories passed down by the the malleable craft of storytelling Stories change over time bend to the flourishes of need and gratificationThis story is one where a stranger comes to a town settled in its ways so that time can be passed relatively unperturbed His easy manner non participation in the rituals and cliches performed to establish the agreed upon blanket of security dimming their fears results in much gossip and speculation We know about him mainly through others about his unexplained luck everything effortlessly working out and confounding the established beliefs and rules They do not consider the reasoned possibility that when someone goes through a lucky streak their confidence builds they relax and are like to perform at a level above their normal set of skills at least until reality sets back in As we know from our current lives through the conversation of history over time whether it is the growing murmurs of religion sport or humanity has shown the need to make the ordinary extraordinary to seek the miraculous and conjure the iconic It is hope that is sought throughout these words not as a delicacy or dessert but as an earthbound need to gather what is needed to survive Since the materials left to us are words letters ordered at discretion the results are stories passed on into reverenced legend which builds and expands and becomes an integral part of lore The underside of this since at some level we know stories are simply lettered words how they expand and how often they divert into tributaries that seemingly are discovered at the moment of need is doubt Doubt is what is to be snuffed out if fear is to be minimized comfort and security maximized Yet doubt is closer to the reality that the world has to offerThis is why my favorite character was the Reverend Jethro Furber Presented as an inner volcano readying to explode in contradicting beliefs at times paralyzing he was for me the only character who was at least aware of the complexities of his inner contradictions and doubts While on the surface someone to scoff at someone who suffered and may also have served as a precautionary tale was the most courageousIn my hands I was reading a book a story it too made of letters and words which for me was offering the tougher existence of facing and pursuing doubt not counting on and settling for the vagaries of history belief the muteness of cliches This story in my hands was in my account an anti story It told of the possible future dangers of itself though in its charmed fashionWhat happened to the lost 5th star then After page 150 when I was reading I was completely under the spell of the book However when I was away from the book those nasty calls back into the flatness of life I was not called back to the book That usually doesn t happen Typically I have to fend off the return to the book to get responsibilities done and out of the way At first I thought it was that the prose had become the writer s and was now too good too polished too smooth a gloss with no sharp edges After a good deal of thought I realized it was a passivity which crept into the writing After finishing the novel and reading Gass s Afterword he complains of a personal passivity I gave myself the much earned accolades for depth of insight self enlightenment the humility of my giftsIn the middle of the night I woke proclaimed Oh shit and went back to sleep Now later in this next day I sit here with you and my laptop Not easy but I think I was wrong Being wrong happened three years ago and three years before that so I think I am establishing a pattern Gass is a much smarter guy than I will ever be and a stellar craftsman hard to find his eual His style shift into a gradual thinning passivity was conforming the style to the growing passivity of the town s people our ritualized and cliched characters We are forced due to the style to read and experience it as such How perceptive of me in the end to realize this I can build on it Over time create for me an icon of me It s possible to lower the freuency of my being wrong to every four years I can revere me I candamn it s easier to make an icon of someone else Besides I ve got some laundry to do Oh and I have to find and post that missing star

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Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1966 Omensetter's Luck is the uirky impressionistic and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordin. Words were superior they maintained a superior control they touched without your touching they were at once the bait the hook the line the pole and the water in betweenI ve always admired the craftsmanship that goes into building a piece of fine furniture or sewing a handmade garment or painstakingly painting a piece of china I guess you could say William Gass is a craftsman of a different kind a craftsman of words It s remarkable to me how this man took 26 simple letters and created with them this masterpiece of postmodern fiction I ve done a little homework and discovered a bit about Gass s writing process how he writes sort of moment to moment sentence by sentence without really knowing in advance how a thing will turn out Interestingly from what I ve read the original manuscript for Omensetter s Luck his only copy was stolen reuiring Gass to begin anew And apparently the character Reverend Jethro Furber did not appear in the initial manuscript and even in the rewriting Furber was to be a minor character But I guess Furber refused to be stifled and we are all lucky for itI ve said that I found Reverend Jethro Furber to be the most despicable villain I ve ever encountered I take that back What we find about Furber along the way as his character develops is that he like everyone else is just a man He s a calculating cunning hideous heinous hedonistic hoodwinking human being Maybe we expect from him as a man of God which is why his behavior is so startling so disconcerting While the characters are interesting and the story is compelling the real reason to read this novel is the writing It s the clanging banging rhythmic sentences the artistry of words It s the kind of book that should be read ALOUD The complexity of form the demands made on the reader the perplexity of it all these are the things I search for Creativity bravery honesty give me these above plot above everything else Make me work for my reward MAKE me start over DEMAND my full attention I expect nothing less from a great writer And Mr Gass is certainly one of the greats


About the Author: William H. Gass

William Howard Gass was an American novelist short story writer essayist critic and former philosophy professorGass was born in Fargo North Dakota Soon after his birth his family moved to Warren Ohio where he attended local schools He has described his childhood as an unhappy one with an abusive racist father and a passive alcoholic mother; critics would later cite his characters as