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JR (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 1993


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  • Taschenbuch: 752 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Reprint (1. Mai 1993)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140187073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140187076
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,2 x 3,5 x 21,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (11 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 486.989 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A biting satire, JR features JR, an eleven-year-old capitalist, who embodies the cash culture he grows up in. The young JR manipulates his meagre economic beginnings including a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue and turns them into a massive paper empire. The novel's satiric assault upon the American Dream, and the economics it represents makes a compulsive read and the seminal American novel. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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WILLIAM GADDIS (1922-98) was one of the greatest writers in twentieth-century America. He wrote five novels and won two National Book Awards, for JR (1976) and for A Frolic of His Own (1995). His other landmark novels include: The Recognitions (1955) and Carpenter's Gothic (1985). Agapc Agape was published by Atlantic in 2002. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von kernmorrkern@earthlink.net am 11. Oktober 1998
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A masterful foray into what makes American great (and grate), by a novelist who has amply earned his stripes as an underappreciated, even obscure presence in American literature. People often give up on "JR"--both letters capital--because this horrifyingly funny book requires that you spend time learning how to read it, all in the name of intensifying your reading experience. Most of "JR" is dialogue; there are no chapter or section breaks to speak of; speakers are only rarely identified. Still, the book sings, and the overall power of its chorus obscures the fact that you don't always know who the soloists are. In simple terms, it is a book about counterfeiting that pretends to be a host of other things--as of course it should. And Enormous and complex pleasures await readers new to Gaddis. Readers wanting more information about this wonderful novelist would be well-advised to investigate Steven Moore's book on Gaddis for Twayne Publishers, entitled simply "William Gaddis." Moore makes Gaddis's plenty seem manageable, and he writes extraordinarily beautiful criticism. While I cannot speak to this novel's greatness, and wouldn't want to, I can say that of the hundreds of novels I have read down the years, this is my favorite, as well as the second-funniest book to which I have been privy.
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There's no denying it; Gaddis's JR is a hard book to get into. But once you've got into it, it's even harder to get out of. For a book that takes place entirely during the first half of a school year someplace on Long Island during the 70's, the diversity of characters, situations, and social circles is staggering. Characters include foul mouthed and foul minded sixth graders, failed intellectuals/alcoholics hiding out as school teachers, attorneys both earnest and corrupt, mid-level corporate bureaucrats, vicious corporate power brokers -- and that's only a partial catalog. As for the situations, just imagine the above types thrown against each other as a result of a sequence of wild, hilarious but ultimately plausible securities manipulations, and the end result is a portrait of our society in all its breadth and depth, with no wart unexamined. The book is as funny as it is frightening, especially considering how prophetic it is. Although the corporate vogue of the seventies was diversified conglomerates, Gaddis saw beyond that to the leveraged buyout schemes, vulture capitalism, and downsizing of the 80s and 90s. But it's not just a book about the culture of business; it's also about the business of culture. Gaddis makes composers, novelists, painters indirect accomplices in his comedy of horrors, despite their intentions and asprirations. But enough description; just read it, read it, read it.
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Gaddis' 'JR' has my nomination for the best American novel of the last half of the 20th century. It is also one of the two or three funniest American novels I can remember reading, right up there with 'Lolita'. It is composed entirely in dialogue, without any breaks at all, and it is sometimes difficult to tell who is talking, but once into the rhythm of the talk, it becomes clearer. It also helps to have an MBA or some business background, as the business deals it describes, to hilarious effect, are sometimes very intricate. It is the story of an 11-year old school kid wheeler-dealer who builds a gigantic paper empire 'bubble' from some army surplus items ordered from a comic book. He manages to involve various adults, including his teacher, in his capitalist schemes. It is a savage and entirely prescient view of America, foreseeing much of the present stock market madness (and it fact its comic hyperbole does not seem so wild now in light of our own real world stock market 'irrational exuberence'). It is unequalled as a depiction of the warping influences in people's lives caused by the capitalist ethic, where serious artists are devalued by the dictates of the market. If you enjoy Pynchon, Barth, or Joseph McElroy (another undeservedly unknown American writer) you will like Gaddis. This is a book to come back to again---read it now before our stock market bubble bursts!
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Scathing. Funny. Horrific. Brilliant. Gloriously Gaddis. What we have here is a systematic dissection of capitalist culture that has all the grotesquerie, fascination,and humor of your 9th grade biology class. What I found truly enlightening was Gaddis's subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, examination of the effects of a free market economy on the psychological makeup and ethical systems of us humans: at once the only impetus and the most lowly cog in the great capitalist machine. The characters are fascinating and utterly believable, even in their complete eccentricity-I swear I had some of those teachers in high school. What with the unique subject matter and the fact that it is written entirely in dialouge, getting into JR is rather like riding a camel-a very weird rhythm at first but just utterly fabuluous en fin.
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JR is, and I think will come to be seen as, one of the greatest works of literature. Like the world¹s other masterpieces, it rewards persistence magnificently. Like them, it takes some adjustment, for it is a sort of parallel world with a structure and complexity mirroring ours so well that one may mistake it, as one may take our world, for random chaos (the novel contains, in fact, a scene of pandemonium unequaled in literature). But the more one reads it, the more formal excellence it discloses: both in its overall plan and in its detail. JR is a book of voices, written mostly in dialogue. Among other things, it is the greatest novel of New York and environs ever written. Head and shoulders above any other American novel of this century. Buy it, and just keep reading
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