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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Non-Fiction (Jan. 11 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060976861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060976866
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,729,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13 2000
Format: Paperback
This is no book for women. In men alone is there heart enough for hate and mind enough for love, mind enough for such love of words and heart enough to hate life such that the words celebrate by themselves. It's nice to hate life for what it is. It's nice to love words for what they do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb on April 30 2004
Format: Paperback
If I were to tell the protagonist from The Tunnel that I had issues with his book, he'd probably just wave me sideways towards the Party for Disappointed People. Get in line, he'd sigh. Life is disappointing.
I liked the conceit of the Party for Disappointed People. I liked many of the one liners. I admired Gass' writing ability. Mostly I admired the project even if I confess that I couldn't like the book.
652 pages of dense (often unreadable) prose with a grotty poorly-endowed main character who has affairs with his students, kills his wife's cat and generally feels sorry for himself. Whoosh. It took me weeks to read, and *nothing* takes me weeks to read. I genuinely tried to follow everything in the book, but I have to confess that my grasp of his German experiences is spotty and I never really got Susu. The clearest and most readable bit was the bitchy backbiting about his colleagues in the department where he teaches. That was at least funny.
Generally, I felt like it tried way too hard to be a huge sprawling classic. I agreed with much of what it said about history and how you approach it-- again, the project is what I admired. Maybe I just couldn't feel too much for a book that seems to reject any ability to feel joy or to be anything except disappointed. I mean I *love* Beckett, but Gass isn't Beckett and I never got the feeling that he earned all that bitterness. Kohler isn't sympathetic either as a hero or as an anti-hero and while I guess that's part of the point, I didn't find that I admired the point.
Maybe I'm just not literary enough. Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky. Anything is possible. Read it yourself and see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Welch (philostrate@hotmail.com) on Sept. 28 1999
Format: Paperback
Somewhere in the early part of this literary octopus, the narrator considers the difficulty of reading. "There are Muses for the several sorts of writing," he says, "but none for any kind of reading. Wouldn't one need divine aid to get through The Making of Americans, Ivanhoe, Moll Flanders or Grace Abounding?
Or this one. This novel, 30 years in the making, is a most bewildering ream of paper: a sprawling mental maze with enough font styles, shifting text margins, bleak sex and all-round aesthetic malarkey to strain the commitment of the most devoted reader.
Here's what I made of it. The narrator, a German History professor named William Frederick Kohler, has just completed a new book about the Third Reich, Guilt & Innocence in Germany. The book we are reading is an introduction which has taken on a life of its own: a self-berating monologue about Kohler's guilt - his dysfunctional family, his cheerless sex life, and his murky role in Nazi Germany. Kohler, we learn, both served and betrayed the Third Reich, creating a permanent rupture in his consciousness. This leads to the usual Banality of Evil questions: Was the Holocaust an aberration of mankind or perfectly in keeping with it? Is evil our natural state? Is there, to boil things down, any hope? Kohler thinks not. He imagines himself as the head of his own political alliance: the Party of the Disappointed People.
When Kohler isn't burrowing into his sour jeremiad on being and nothingness, he's giving it a literal metaphor: digging an actual tunnel out of his basement. His tunnel, like his book, doesn't lead anywhere; it's a pointless chore, an existential act, and an artistic statement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7 1999
Format: Paperback
Perhaps a perfect novel. He has recreated the novel by removing the "Flatutus Vocis" of many contemporary novels and creating, as Wallace Stevens would say, a "Supreme Fiction." Beware of the red "EXIT" on page 29. If you don't depart from this book at this point, you will fall in and you will not be able to escape. It's "the ring of a real Ding" of a novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31 1998
Format: Hardcover
William Frederick Kohler, the protagonist of William Gass' "The Tunnel," is a loathsome, despicable, misanthropic college professor ranting at his wife, his colleagues, his children and his mistresses. The sheer genius of Gass' book is not merely that he breathes life into such a character, but that he makes him so pruriently fascinating. Gass took nearly 30 years to complete this book; the elegance and rhythm of the prose demonstrate his skilled craftsmanship throughout its nearly 700 pages. I can't wait to read it again.
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Format: Paperback
William H Gass' The Tunnel is a huge disappointment - it's turgid, tedious and chaotic, with a surfeit of detail that's the literary equivalent of a build-up of sludge in a pipe. If you would prefer to read a more amenable and richly rewarding text by this author, try his early novel Omensetter's Luck, or the book of short fiction, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, both of which are wonderful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Dec 11 2001
Format: Paperback
I saw the K tunnel once. I was at a rave in an old, decrepit laser tag arena. Everyone was strung out and the music was pretty bad, but all in all I didn't have a bad time. No, I haven't read this book. I just needed to see what happens when you write a review. I love William Gass though. Maybe I'll read it and then get back to you. Thanks for reading this. Hope you're enjoying pleasure.
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