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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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Omensetter's Luck

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

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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. 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 word Gertrude Stein Obscene A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit Samuel Johnson lexicographer Absurd Do you see where I m gettingAm I not being clearI was doing uite wellDancing round herePerhaps a danceis not what you needtoo much distractionnot enough creedWell then here How aboutwe go nice and slow Let down from the jigand let the words flow We re still running on but at a set level carrying and clearing for a path theoreticalto the words Rhythm is all very well but the pure experience can only get you so far The dance is done the seconds blanked with enthusiasm are now filling up again with small thoughts and phrases Word word what is a wordA word is a chunk a breath a shape that flies far for all that it embodies The inherent history and meaning in each of these small creatures should drop it like a stone from the mouth sink the head down in the mind And yet simply release them into the air and they speed out far uicker than belief can tellThey take root even faster The moving the still the kind the cruel the extruding force and the intrusive gaze all minds run lurid when words delve deep into their soft and tender flesh Oftentimes the roots grow deep and the growths run strangeShocking the actions that can sprout from such frenzied throes of so small a thing Furious Logorrhea A RecipeIngredients 1 One Human Being A for Short2 The Word of God Any Word Will Do3 Knowledge of Sin4 Guilt5 Fear of Living6 Love of Logos7 One Congregation8 One Human Being Full of Joy and Love for Living sans The Word of God B for ShortSteps1 EmotionalPhysical Isolation of A2 Add The Word of God3 Ferment mixing in additional Knowledge of Sin Guilt Fear of Living and Love of Logos as needed4 Add One Congregation Pause Step 1 when interaction is guaranteed to result in Rage and Contempt Remove products to keep a steady reaction5 Steep until optimal mix of Yearning and Loathing is desired6 Add B Words can be wrapped and remembered as friends unwrapped into points to spit yourself upon Words cradle you when living is futile and keep life from you at arms length Words are careful in their constructions about you careful enough to leave you with nothing but a sense of wasted time Words feed you your past when it is spent and starve you of the present Many words spat out at an object will pattern it into paper much as an X ray clings to the bones and ghosts them outside the body Unlike X rays there is no safe amount of wordsWords and Life are infections ultimately fatal Fortunately for the record of human existence they don t like each other very much It makes for an entertaining show Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurdA word is a beaut a word is a praisea word can holler and call out your namewhen you are sad or left by yourselfwords can be such a wonderful gameA word is a noose a word is a knifea word breaks the living faster than thoughtwhen you are careless and surrounded by fewthe power of words you ll soon have forgotA word is your devil a word is your guidea word is your womb and in it you hide The Australians Society Bride you see where I m gettingAm I not being clearI was doing uite wellDancing round herePerhaps a danceis not what Master of Maramba you needtoo much distractionnot enough creedWell then here How aboutwe go nice and slow Let down from the jigand let the words flow We re still running on but at a set level carrying and clearing for a path theoreticalto the words Rhythm is all very well but the pure experience can only get Daring to Date the Boss you so far The dance is done the seconds blanked with enthusiasm are now filling up again with small thoughts and phrases Word word what is a wordA word is a chunk a breath a shape that flies far for all that it embodies The inherent history and meaning in each of these small creatures should drop it like a stone from the mouth sink the head down in the mind And Sasvim skromni darovi yet simply release them into the air and they speed out far uicker than belief can tellThey take root even faster The moving the still the kind the cruel the extruding force and the intrusive gaze all minds run lurid when words delve deep into their soft and tender flesh Oftentimes the roots grow deep and the growths run strangeShocking the actions that can sprout from such frenzied throes of so small a thing Furious Logorrhea A RecipeIngredients 1 One Human Being A for Short2 The Word of God Any Word Will Do3 Knowledge of Sin4 Guilt5 Fear of Living6 Love of Logos7 One Congregation8 One Human Being Full of Joy and Love for Living sans The Word of God B for ShortSteps1 EmotionalPhysical Isolation of A2 Add The Word of God3 Ferment mixing in additional Knowledge of Sin Guilt Fear of Living and Love of Logos as needed4 Add One Congregation Pause Step 1 when interaction is guaranteed to result in Rage and Contempt Remove products to keep a steady reaction5 Steep until optimal mix of Yearning and Loathing is desired6 Add B Words can be wrapped and remembered as friends unwrapped into points to spit Larenzos Christmas Baby yourself upon Words cradle Protective Instincts (Mission: Rescue you when living is futile and keep life from Protecting His Brothers Bride you at arms length Words are careful in their constructions about Claimed by a Cowboy (Hill Country Heroes you careful enough to leave Bluegrass Christmas (Kentucky Corners, you with nothing but a sense of wasted time Words feed Forced Alliance you Where Theres Smoke your past when it is spent and starve The Santangeli Marriage you of the present Many words spat out at an object will pattern it into paper much as an X ray clings to the bones and ghosts them outside the body Unlike X rays there is no safe amount of wordsWords and Life are infections ultimately fatal Fortunately for the record of human existence they don t like each other very much It makes for an entertaining show Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurdA word is a beaut a word is a praisea word can holler and call out Here Lies Daniel Tate your namewhen Blood Bound (Unbound, you are sad or left by Lady Gwendolen Investigates yourselfwords can be such a wonderful gameA word is a noose a word is a knifea word breaks the living faster than thoughtwhen Deadly Memories you are careless and surrounded by fewthe power of words Captivating the Witch you ll soon have forgotA word is Cutting Loose (Harlequin Blaze your devil a word is Along Came Twins... (Tiny Miracles, your guidea word is Brazilians Nine Months Notice (Hot Brazilian Nights! your womb and in it Behind the Film Stars Smile you hide


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 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 pain

  2. says:

    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 c

  3. says:

    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 mi

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 Eve

  6. says:

    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 words are not necessarily directional from the outset A sentence goes in the direction dictated by each additional word They don’t necessarily follow a preordained seuence or work towards a goal I know not whence like wat

  7. says:

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

  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 is a book

  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 credibility The Writer is God Don't you ever forget that as this has always been the case Much in the fashion of a lonely deity or at the risk of redundancy a scientific force dividing

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