A short novel written entirely in the form of questions – the questions building to form a commentary on the mundane and ordinary trivialities that constitute the majority of our lives. Challenging? certainly, maddening? sometimes, hypnotic? absolutely and is the author a genius? that I will leave to you to find out.
'If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel (and maybe they did. Did they?) it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell's: immensely readable, ingenious, witty, and ultimately important-feeling in a way you can't quite describe but don't need to' - Richard Ford. Through a seemingly random but infinitely artful series of questions this small masterpiece mysteriously, elusively, hilariously, compellingly lights up life. Are your emotions pure? Are your nerves adjustable? How do you stand in relation to the potato? Should it still be Constantinople? Does a nameless horse make you more nervous or less nervous than a named horse? In your view, do children smell good? - Does your doorbell ever ring? Is there sand in your craw? Could Mendeleyev place you correctly in a square on a chart of periodic identities, or would you resonate all over the board? How many push-ups can you do?
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||10th November 2011|
|Publisher:||Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Padgett Powell is a novelist whose Edisto was nominated for the US National Book Award. He teaches writing at the University of Florida.More About Padgett Powell