JR (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by William Gaddis

By William Gaddis

Absurdly logical, mercilessly genuine, amassing its personal tumultuous momentum for the final word brush with commodity education, JR captures the reader within the cacophony of voices that revolves round this younger captive of his personal myths. The hectic readability with which this accomplished author captures the ways that we deal, dissemble, and stumble via our phrases - via our lives - whereas the true plans are being made somewhere else makes JR the intense novel that it's.

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Or Campbell Soup at twenty-seven… ? —Now look Gibbs… —Didn't know he was trying to get out Major, that's all I … —Look Whiteback, this has… — Wouldn't blame him of course but… —Yes well I think what Mister Gibbs means is ahm… —All right then just tell me this, what about this report he's leaving under God out of his proscribed openings, what about it Gibbs. ——or be part owners of a movie company … —Afraid I can't help you, it sounds a little more like Dan's… —Dan's what I'm not talking about Dan's anything, I'm talking about a report that you use a proscribed opening for your class like the pledge of allegiance you leave out under God, one nation under God I'm talking about all these smart remarks you've been making, I'm trying to have a serious discussion with these Foundation people on closed-circuit broadcast and you butt in with arms and legs flying around somebody's eyes looking for their forehead what was all that supposed to be!

You are, eh? He backed out of the man's way, turned by his wife's emergency and swept in its wake back the way he had come. —Well? What did they have to say? she asked as he swung the car door open for her. —Who? —Who! And now look what you've done, torn my sari. Who do you think? she pulled a silk fragment from a tear in the door steel, —the Foundation people, who! About my lesson, my… they saw it didn't they? —Well not, not exactly all of it, they … he drowned his own voice with a roar of the engine.

It's on film, a resource film on ahm, natural resources, Mister Hyde's company was kind enough to provide… —What America is all about, said Hyde standing away from the set with a proprietary air. —What we have to … —To use, or rather utilize… ——like the iceberg, rising to a glittering peak above the surface. For like the iceberg, we see only a small fraction of modern industry. Hidden from our eyes is the vast… —Gibbs? Is that you? Come in, come in. —No, don't let me disturb you… —Yes come in, we have some people here from the Foundation, Whiteback insisted.

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