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*Read Kindle á JR õ J R Is The Long Awaited Novel From William Gaddis, Author Of The Recognitions, That Tremendous Book Which, In The Twenty Years Since Its Publication, Has Come To Be Acknowledged As An American Masterpiece And J R Is A Book Of Comparable Magnitude, Substance, And Humor A Rushing, Raucous Look At Money And Its Influence, At Love And Its Absence, At Success And Its Failures, In The Magnificently Orchestrated Circus Of All Its Larger And Smaller Than Life Characters A Frantic, Forlorn Comedy About Who Uses And Misuses WhomAt The Center J R, Ambitious Sixth Grader In Torn Sneakers, Bred On The Challenge Of Free Enterprise And Fired By Heady Mail Order Promises Of Success His Teachers Would Rather Be Elsewhere, His Principal Doubles As A Bank President, His Long Island Classroom Mirrors The World He Sees Around Him A World Of Public Relations And Private Betrayals Where Everything And Everyone Wears A Price Tag, A World Of Deals Where Honesty Is No Substitute For Experience, And The Letter Of The Law Flouts Its Spirit At Every Turn Operating From The Remote Anonymity Of Phone Booths And The Local Post Office, With Beachheads In A Seedy New York Cafeteria And A Catastrophic, Carton Crammed Tenement On East th Street, J R Parlays A Deal For Thousands Of Surplus Navy Picnic Forks Through Penny Stock Flyers And A Distant Textile Mill Bankruptcy Into A Nationwide, Hydra Headed Family Of Companies The J R Corp And Its Boss Engulf Brokers, Lawyers, Congressmen, Disaffected School Teachers And Disenfranchised Indians, Drunks, Divorc Es, Second Hand Generals, And A Fledgling Composer Hopelessly Entangled In A Nightmare Marriage Of Business And The Arts Their Bullish Ventures Shaky Mineral Claims And Gas Leases, Cost Plus Defense Contracts, A String Of Nursing Homes Cum Funeral Parlors, A Formula For Frozen Music Burgeon Into A Paper Empire Ranging From Timber To Textiles, From Matchbooks To Legalized Marijuana, From Prostheses To Publishing, Inadvertently Crushing Hopes, Careers, An Entire Town, On A Collision Course With The Bigger World The Pragmatic Real World Where The Business Of America Is Business, Where The Stock Market Exists As A Convenience, And The Tax Laws Make Some People Equal Than Others The World That Makes The Rules Because It Plays To Win, And Plays For KeepsAbsurdly Logical, Mercilessly Real, Gathering Its Own Tumultuous Momentum For The Ultimate Brush With Commodity Trading When The Drop In Pork Belly Futures Masks The Crumbling Of Our Own, J R Captures The Reader In The Cacophony Of Voices That Revolves Around This Young Captive Of His Own Myths Voices That Dominate The Book, Talking To Each Other, At Each Other, Into Phones, On Intercoms, From TV Screens And Radios A Vast Mosaic Of Sound That Sweeps The Reader Into The Relentless Real Time Of Spoken Words In A Way Unprecedented In Modern Fiction The Disturbing Clarity With Which This Finished Writer Captures The Ways In Which We Deal, Dissemble, Stumble Through Our Words Through Our Lives While The Real Plans Are Being Made Elsewhere Makes J R The Extraordinary Novel That It IsFrom The First Edition Dustjacket I ve now read three articles two of them introductions to Gaddis own books on this author that concern the purported difficulty of his work one by Rick Moody, one by Jonathan Franzen, and my personal favorite, William H Gass intro to The Recognitions Rick Moody wants us to believe that this, widely seen as one of the hardest novels ever written, is actually a fun time, and he s not too far off the mark Franzen wants us to believe that reading Gaddis is a brain destroyingly difficult task I ve now read three articles two of them introductions to Gaddis own books on this author that concern the purported difficulty of his work one by Rick Moody, one by Jonathan Franzen, and my personal favorite, William H Gass intro to The Recognitions Rick Moody wants us to believe that this, widely seen as one of the hardest novels ever written, is actually a fun time, and he s not too far off the mark Franzen wants us to believe that reading Gaddis is a brain destroyingly difficult task, fit only for the bravest of readers, and he s not too far off the mark, either And Gass Gass thinks that Gaddis is hard, but that you d be a complete moron to hold it against him Of course, Gass probably thinks you re a moron either way Ah, you probably didn t think but you re getting my opinion anyway Ha You re trapped, you re trapped, you re oh who am I kidding you can just scroll down , but what is your opinion, random schlub on the This 700 page novel by William Gaddis 1922 1998 is a splendid work of literature And in case you re wondering about the title, JR is the name of one of the main characters, a grungy 12 year old boy who happens to be a financial genius working his money magic from a public telephone booth in a hallway at his school An alternate meaning of the two huge letters on the book s cover could be Jabbering Ruck , since the novel is mostly dialogue and, make no mistake, every single person down on This 700 page novel by William Gaddis 1922 1998 is a splendid work of literature And in case you re wondering about the title, JR is the name of one of the main characters, a grungy 12 year old boy who happens to be a financial genius working his money magic from a public telephone booth in a hallway at his school An alternate meaning of the two huge letters on the book s cover could be Jabbering Ruck , since the novel is mostly dialogue and, make no mistake, every single person down on their luck men, flower loving women, corporate business types, school administrators, ticket takers, school kids, old ladies do not possess the patience or capac 1.Trying to make sense of corporate America is like trying to make sense of Beckett Wait, this was a bad year when you made 5%than last year which was a good year Why are they waiting for some dude who never shows up Why doesn t he just get out of the pile of pig shit.I hate capitalism I abhor it I don t have a better idea for how things could run, but I know that there is something fundamentally wrong with it Corporate America knows there is something fundamentally wrong with it 1.Trying to make sense of corporate America is like trying to make sense of Beckett Wait, this was a bad year when you made 5%than last year which was a good year Why are they waiting for some dude who never shows up Why doesn t he just get out of the pile of pig shit.I hate capitalism I abhor it I don t have a better idea for how things could run, but I know that there is something fundamentally wrong with it Corporate America knows there is something fundamentally wrong with it too, that is why they play their game from a socialist standpoint if the game were truly played fair most of them wouldn t stand a chance of surviving America would be a vast wasteland of destruction with just a few having won everything They would be the emperors of a big pi STARTERS Hey You Listening It s like a darned big brick, isn t it Um Monolithic N Intimidating Listen will you, goddammit Impenetrable Not at all No It s just like anything else that s marvellous and new Whaddya mean It s like me trying to write music Until a performer hears what I hear and can make other people hear what I hear what the audience hears it s just trashit s just trash like everything else in this world full of shopping STARTERS Hey You Listening It s like a darned big brick, isn t it Um Monolithic N Intimidating Listen will you, goddammit Impenetrable Not at all No It s just like anything else that s marvellous and new Whaddya mean It s like me trying to write music Until a performer hears what I hear and can make other people hear what I hear what the audience hears it s just trashit s just trash like everything else in this world full of shopping malls Trash Yeahmost everything you see around here it s just trash Who do they think will buy it It s worthless This book thoughit s 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