Gerald's Party

Gerald s Party Robert Coover s wicked and surreally comic novel takes place at a chilling ribald and absolutely fascinating party Amid the drunken guests a woman turns up murdered on the living room floor Around

  • Title: Gerald's Party
  • Author: Robert Coover
  • ISBN: 9780802135285
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robert Coover s wicked and surreally comic novel takes place at a chilling, ribald, and absolutely fascinating party Amid the drunken guests, a woman turns up murdered on the living room floor Around the corpse, one of several the evening produces, Gerald s party goes on a chatter of voices, names, faces, overheard gags, rounds of storytelling, and a mounting curve ofRobert Coover s wicked and surreally comic novel takes place at a chilling, ribald, and absolutely fascinating party Amid the drunken guests, a woman turns up murdered on the living room floor Around the corpse, one of several the evening produces, Gerald s party goes on a chatter of voices, names, faces, overheard gags, rounds of storytelling, and a mounting curve of desire What Coover has in store for his guests besides an evening gone mad is part murder mystery, part British parlor drama, and part sly and dazzling meditation on time, theater, and love.

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    1. the writing here is dark and sardonic. some rare moments of realistic emotion occasionally intrude upon the constantly surreal tableau. i might have had a problem with what appears to be consistent misogyny but there's plenty of misandry to go around too, so i suppose one could say that the author is even-handed in doling out the various moments of criminal shallowness, tunnel-vision, and all-around nastiness. despite the often despairing ideas on display, it's not too heavy a read - coover has [...]

    2. I have to tell it this wayWhen I was in my last year of college, my roommate recommended that I take a class called 'French Literature in Translation'. At the time I was immersed in German and Russian Literature and was certain I would find the The Answer there. So, pourquoi?, I asked Howard.Howard explained that it had nothing to do with Jean Cocteau, although I might find his name in the syllabus. No, he said, it was Janet. Janet!Janet was the professor in 'French Literature in Translation'd H [...]

    3. This is the sort of book people write drooling dribbling cock-tugging theses about—the multifariousness of its structure and tropes and voices is denser than a chocolate-and-toffee car park cake (a cake the size of an actual car park). I toggled between three and four stars because I was with then not-with then with then not-with the novel about nine times per page, lapsing from amusement into rage, from rage into arousal, from arousal into boredom, from boredom into amazement, from amazement [...]

    4. Robert Coover seems to have been partying hard one too many times.“None of us noticed the body at first. Not until Roger came through asking if we’d seen Ros. Most of us were still on our feet – except for Knud who’d gone in to catch the late sports results on the TV and had passed out on the sofa – but we were no longer that attentive. I was in the living room refilling drinks, a bottle of dry white vermouth for Alison in one hand (Vic had relieved me of the bourbon), a pitcher of old [...]

    5. 2.5 stars'is party of yours is the true disturbance. Maybe all conventions are, all efforts at social intercourse.'(128)Remember that creepy phone call scene from Lynch's Lost Highway?In its better moments Gerald's Party reaches those dreadful palpitations, for the most part though; it meanders aimlessly with occasional scenes of (interrupted or otherwise) fornication, a body turning up every now & then, a deflowering which would be outrageous were it not so ridiculous, an a** wiping scene t [...]

    6. The home, and a perfectly ordinary social occasion (or is it?) become an increasingly dire nightmare, kicked off by a murder, escalated by ordinary party mechanics turned ever more desperate and unreal. Coover's novel is one of those post-modern oddities that is arguably so extreme in formatting as to be much realer than realism. Here by concerning itself with every member of the party (there must be 50 or more named characters here and and Coover seems to know them all well: their motives, thei [...]

    7. Coover takes a minimally interesting premise--a cocktail party right out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting as the setting for a send up of the classic Agatha Christie "closed room" mystery--and beats it to death. I guess the meta-joke is that just as the hellish party is inescapable and goes on forever, the book is inescapable and goes on forever. Fortunately, however, the book is escapable-- you have only to stop reading.Certainly Coover deserves some style points for verbal skill and unrestrained [...]

    8. Very, very deep now into a Coover completist kick, it strikes me as worth noting that though the master is well-understood as a postmodernist at play in the realm of extant forms and as a wild, comic maven in love w/baroque mischief-making, he is insufficiently appreciated as a peerless artist of the obscene. GERALD'S PARTY could well serve as a rousing Exhibit-A for any huckster wishing to launch an investigation into this claim. It is through and through a malevolent, obscene novel. Now, I am [...]

    9. This book gets designated the second I've read within about six weeks to include a sex scene in a cave atop a pile of human bones. (It is times like these that really force a person to question their own taste.) There's a lot to recommend here. The Bosch comparison is right on, and if you're interested in The Garden of Earthly Delights, I'd give this a try, which is another way of saying it has got a lot of graphic sex, graphic violence, and people eating some really nasty food, all taking place [...]

    10. In an attempt to tie up the year's loose ends, I decided it was time to return to, and finally finish reading the last thirty pages of, Gerald's Party. I was using a train ticket as a bookmark. The ticket was dated January 4, 2009. That's my review of Gerald's Party

    11. A warped fever dream of a book. I couldn't put it down. I often think of re-reading it, but am not sure I want to go "back there" -- the world it creates is uncomfortably dark (but hysterically funny).

    12. For some reason I've never got around to reading as much Coover as I feel I should have. SPANKING THE MAID when I was in high school, other shorter bits and pieces . . . Finally got around the GERALD'S PARTY and I'm kicking myself for not getting into his novels sooner. This is such an utterly brilliant piece of multi-layered work words (other than the exact ones the book itself is composed of) will not do it justice. "Sublime" is as close as I can come. This isn't one of those nearly opaque lit [...]

    13. A really long and sometimes painful account of the worst party ever. it's pretty funny though, I have to admit. And it goes on and on and on and there are no chapter breaks and stuff just kind of happens. There's murder and mayhem but the party just grinds on anyway. I think it's supposed to leave you feeling exhausted and completely desensitized, like the guests at just such a party. You can try experiments while reading like flipping to random pages or looking for phrases or characters names ( [...]

    14. A Po-Mo murder mystery. Gerald is having a big party with many friends and people he doesn't know, when a body of a very "well known" entertainer is found dead on the floor. Craziness occurs in a very relaxed non-chalant manner. It is a very tough read, i mean very tough. Coover never states who says what piece of dialogue, with fifty or so characters in the book, and many around at each situation that is occuring, it takes a lot of effort to decipher who is saying the line. It took me a good tw [...]

    15. An entire novel set in a party! Whee! Coover manages to pull off, though it did kind of test my endurance to the limits, which is probably intentional. Relentless, confusing, slapstick, disjointed (lots of conversations going on at once) and claustrophobic, in other words reading it felt like either being too drunk or the onset of a panic attack, oh and tons of guests getting murderedIt is a novel full of ideas, on art, theatre (the function of the intermission - interesting, considering how thi [...]

    16. Couldn't get past the first 30 pages. Too slow and seemingly pointless in its painstaking detail to keep my interest. I get that that the excruciating detail is the point in the experiment of this novel, but it just too excruciating for me.

    17. I think I was aware of what the author was trying to do do with this book, but it was SO dense with no chapter breaks and unannounced characters just butting into conversations throughout, that I had to give up at about the halfway point.

    18. absolutely bizzare, carnal, erotic, at the same time gross, ridiculous and absorbing and it puts you right THERE. Made a piece of music based on some excepts of this book a few years ago after reading it in a class taught by Alvin Lucier - one of the greats of 20th century experimental sound art.

    19. Brilliantly crafted emptiness! It focuses too much on formalist extravaganza, so typical of post-war American Literature, to entirely underplay the potential contemplation on space and time which, supposedly, the book is centered on.

    20. There's a review comment, printed on the back, about how this book is the literary version of a Bosch painting. This is not wrong. As always, Coover's masterful use of language and timing and interruption takes you with him into his carefully constructed dreamworld. It's wonderful. I took off a star, though, for the simple reason that this just wasn't a pleasant place to be. It was awful. I hated it. I read the whole thing because I still truly love his writing, but wholly hell, I would recommen [...]

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