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Terpiece The story of a middle aged professor who upon completion of his massive historical study Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany finds himself wr. When this book was published in 1995 by Alfred Knopf I was in the middle of deep reading on the Holocaust Many of the titles I still hold in my library I felt at the time that an inundation in this subject matter kept me from enjoying The Tunnel I was wrong about that though I am deeply thankful to MJ for jogging me back into a reconsideration of the novel I stopped reading at page 55 The main reason lack of narrative pleasure Let me explainFirst the premise a US academic specializing in the Holocaust who speaks German has a German name but no personal connection to Germany is reconsidering his life in a chair That is to say his many years spent studying the death saturated enigma that is the Holocaust and the role of its perpetrators His name is Kohler like the plumbing supplier and along the way he says I have fed too much death to the mouth and matter of my life and so have grown up a ghostThe book is hyper discursive Along the way the narrator flitters from a consideration of his small penis his penchant for fucking his students his lack of lust for his wife the end of sex his children gone his beastly father dead his many moments in the saddle memories his deep reading recondite etc Though there are likable aspects to the book Gass sure knows how to work a transition There is a flow to the book that is an object lesson in transition writing that would I think repay study But the book is so abstract as to be open to multiple if not hundreds of interpretations This is scholarly fiction meant to allay the labyrinth solving mentalities of academics Obviously it doesn t hurt if you re novel is marketed primarily to scholars to have a scholar as your protagonistIn the end for me there was way too much woolgathering and not enough of the concrete I yearned for the clarity of long form narrative but all I was given was a lot of highly allusive connecting tissue The Tunnel in the end reminded me of my frustrations with a number of other unreadable texts which include Finnegan s Wake The Recognitions Gravity s Rainbow et al Such fictions are simply if anything can be said to be simple about them too dense and allusive too lacking in clarity too ambiguous to satisfy my craving for cohesive narrative I think this is a book my GR philosophy friend would like In fact I would love to see him review it solely for his undoubted ability to catch Gass flat footed in his philosophical musings Finally the book reuires a deep understanding in too many areas for me to find it engaging The ideal reader will have a solid understanding of 1 Greek myth 2 classic philosophy 3 20th century history 4 the Holocaust and its many actors and perpetrators and 5 19th century British poetry And remember I stopped at page 55 Pages as crammed and dense as any you will come across anywhereThe area I know well is 4 I know 1 and 3 less well 2 hardly at all and as for 5 I don t much like it Far too Imperialist Christian for me in this post colonial era So there you have it Another brush with death by way of reading But then such are the vicissitudes of LITERATURE The Right Swipe of a middle aged professor who upon completion Touched of his massive historical study Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany finds himself wr. 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Iting a novel about his own life instead of the introduction to his magnum opus The Tunnel meditates on history hatred unhappiness and above all language.. Our proper bliss depends on what we blameThis unhesitatingly gets the full fathom 5 star treatment because without a doubt it is an amazing work I was amazed among a host of other emotions and the 26 years of labor Gass put into The Tunnel are apparent in every carefully wrought sentence in this monster masterpiece However it is an extremely unpleasant read perhaps the most unpleasant and disturbing read I ve come across in my 35 years of intellectual intake The fact that such heights of beauty and musicality are mixed with such abysses of misery and violence compound the disturbing nature of this experience it is a total experience mind and body and I can only come to one conclusion about this book it is the only work of fiction I know that encompasses and unsparingly realizes the full consciousness of the 20th century in a single thrust That wolfhound age that sprawl of the greatest intellectual achievements and most disgraceful humanistic horrors history has ever seen that is Kohler Gass has embodied in this paper bound consciousness the gnarled and twisting poles of our recent past and it is of necessity an ugly brutal confounding thing There are sections in this book any writer would give a limb to have written sentences paragraphs pages that rival the finest prose in existence there are also entire chapters I would be ashamed to be overheard reciting That those architectural word wonders are enjambed with lines like This book is intended to make you a mountain From such a mountain you may see dead Jews and throw off jokes about cannibalism in Auschwitz and sexual abuse and genocide is par for the course if one is creating a character that is the 20th century And here we have it Do not enter lightly Know that beyond the entrance to The Tunnel there is darkness descent and the things that burrow unseen into our bright superterranean existence and subvert it decimate and infect it A book that some might toss aside after 50 pages in disgust I argue for patience and objectivity for the heart of this thing is a moral tale a warning the discontented the miserable the unsatisfied the embittered the hate filled the jealous those who feel slighted and ignored and cast off by the world are among us and when they seek blame outside themselves when they seek a scapegoat for their miseries rather than shouldering their load themselves rather than seeing and improving themselves awful things might occur What is human can be so easily lost the best products of our minds disfigured or buried like the corpse of a criminal feeding the poison vines that creep up the walls of our houses Renewing Pastoral Practice Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care And Counselling Explorations in Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology Explorations Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology own life instead Going Grand of the introduction to his magnum The Reject opus The Tunnel meditates Screenwalks on history hatred unhappiness and above all language.. 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Thirty years in the making William Gass's second novel first appeared on the literary scene in at which time it was promptly hailed as an indisputable mas. There are so many possible ways of existence We have not lived the right life But is there the right life to be lived The Tunnel belongs among those books one drowns in like in the delugeThe man of action has a destiny a star he follows and it draws him on like the Magi or so it s said the taillight of a car it s said the flag of a deer The creator courts the muse pays tribute and pursues sucks sips sniffs puffs pops screws for the favor of his Fancy The visionary sees the future like a dream draped dressmaker s dummy as silks pinned to the canvas skin of a shameless wire veined manikin But we historians we poets of the past tense we wait for our tutelary spirits to find us we sit in one place like the spider and until that little shiver in the web signals the enmeshment of our prey we look within for something to lighten our nightmare the weight of our patience the fluorescent face of a bedside clock for example enamel nailshine bleached sheetThe protagonist and narrator is a historian but he is a mountebank a uack scientist fake Faust He wants to make a pact with the devil but Mephistopheles can t buy his soul because he is a fraud as well because heroes are creatures created by ignorance like infatuations they are born of hype of superstition fraud as are gods saints and movie stars and they all pass into legend myth romance still further fictions like clouds into cloudsConseuently the hero of the novel is nothing but a worm and a worm needs a wormhole And he starts digging the tunnel a private passage to his personal hell And the worm being hates the light the world and everyone in this world Love has its limits but hatred is boundless In order to exist hate must like a worm devour everything on its way And hate slowly devours the hater too


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  1. says:

    There are so many possible ways of existence “We have not lived the right life” But is there the right life to be lived? The Tunnel belongs among those books one drowns in like in the delugeThe man of action has a destiny a star he follows and it draws him on like the Magi or so it’s said; the taillight of a car it’s said; the flag of a deer The creator courts the muse pays tribute and pursues sucks sips sniffs puffs pops

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    RING THE BELLS RING THE BELLS THE GREAT MAN IS GONE FLOAT YOUR GASS REVIEWSThe first 200 pages of this novel carry the reader aloft on flowing waves of sumptuous musical prose sentences so serpentine and silky so alliteratively slinky one’s only response is to ride these dreamy masterful currents of polished perfection with near spiritual

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    O William GassSuch a pain in the assHis difficult proseGets right up my noseNote I've been reading this novel on off for about 6 months But not no IT’S YOUR FAULT CLEAR AS DAY The Tunnel comes to you with the maximum number of intellectual

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    It feels like I have been reading this for as long as Gass spent writing it; it’s a hefty tome and not easy to read The primary character around whom all this revolves is William Frederick Kohler I am reliably informed that in the US the word Kohler has plumbing connotations He is a middle aged history professor at a mid western university who has just completed writing his magnum opus Guilt and Innocence in Hitler’s Germany He is st

  5. says:

    When this book was published in 1995 by Alfred Knopf I was in the middle of deep reading on the Holocaust Many of the titles I still hold in my library I felt at the time that an inundation in this subject matter kept me from enjoying The Tunnel I was wrong about that though I am deeply thankful to MJ for jogging me back into a reconsideration of the novel I stopped reading at page 55 The main reason lack of

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    RIP Hamlet What have you my good friends deserv'd at the hands ofFortune that she sends you to prison hither? Guildenstern Prison my lord? Hamlet Denmark's a prison Rosencrantz Then is the world one Hamlet A goodl

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    Being William Kohler The Tunnel is a sort of portal through which we enter into the head of one William Frederick Kohler We poke arou

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    Our proper bliss depends on what we blameThis unhesitatingly gets the full fathom 5 star treatment because without a doubt it is an

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    The Tunnel ConceitThe tunnel is an authorial conceit on the part of William H Gass as well as his protagonist William F KohlerIt's probably best to abandon any preconceptions of what it might mean when you enter either tunnel as a re

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    For six hundred and fifty one pages Gass invites the reader to wade through a lifetime of memories dredged—and at times perhaps cooked—up by a caustically disillusioned and despairing professor of history at a midwest American university a reminiscence that functions as a delaying tactic against the complet

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