Agape Agape continues Gaddis' career-long reflection via the form of the novel on those aspects of corporate culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts. The unnamed narrator of William Gaddis's last, powerfully memorable novel lies dying in bed, as its author did, gaping in wonder and amazement at our lost capacity for sacred passion. ...Read MoreAgape Agape continues Gaddis' career-long reflection via the form of the novel on those aspects of corporate culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts. The unnamed narrator of William Gaddis's last, powerfully memorable novel lies dying in bed, as its author did, gaping in wonder and amazement at our lost capacity for sacred passion. Innovative and troubling, Agape Agape is a brilliant, all-too-brief, testament to its dazzling author, one of the twentieth century's great novelists.Read Less
Good in good dust jacket. Former library copy--patron record on flyleaf page, "Discard" stamps inside front and back covers, stickers on spine and back cover of dust jacket, plastic protective covering over dust jacket. 113 p.
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I just finished "Agape Agape" by William Gaddis (no immediate relation). Very interesting book... the whole thing is written stream of consciousness... the main character's continual rant of delusion and memory and history, all flowing in and out of each other, almost always transitioning mid-sentence.
The book is written in the first person, an alleged fictional writer (I'm not to sure about that), that is struggling to complete his final work, a book about the creation of the player piano and its roll in the decline of true artistry and ultimately, the decline of western civilization. In his manic attempt to reconcile the content of his book, our writer also attempts to reconcile the content of his life... His failings as a father, disappointments in his career, failing health and the inevitable settlement of his estate after his death.
The structure of the book is challenging. There are no chapters, little punctuation and few sentences, which tend to be very long, very elaborate run-on sentences which traverse time period and subject matter mid stream, but allow the reader to really experience the writers' suffering, angst and urgency. If you're up for a challenge, Agape Agape is a good read.
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