Book Discussion Group Announcement: Omensetter’s Luck

At long last, after at least one broken promise that I can recall, our discussion of William Gass’ debut novel Omensetter’s Luck is almost upon us. We’ve assembled a team of crack readers who will, starting next Monday, address the novel — some theme chosen or recurring, some criticism, some reflection, etc. You still have a week to start reading and readying yourself to take advantage of the opportunity to talk intelligently about a smart book. A week to find yourself a copy of the book — beg, borrow, or steal — so you might participate as you can. Ring in the holidays with the luckiest unlucky man who ever lived & his vaguely demonic friend & preacher. It’ll do your soul good.

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10 Responses to “Book Discussion Group Announcement: Omensetter’s Luck

  1. Guido Nius Says:

    Amazon has my money but I don’t have my book yet. Should come in time. It’d better be good.

  2. Diana Hereld Says:

    Right, London hates William Gass, apparently. Caving and ordering priority shipping, so I’ll have it when I get back.

  3. Brad Johnson Says:

    Yeah, I feared that it might be out of print in Britain. American experimental fiction from the ’60s is not a hot commodity in the British publishing world. The scandal!

    Guido, I think it is good. I do not know your reading tastes enough to know for sure if you will agree. I hope you find it worthy of what you paid anyway.

  4. Diana Hereld Says:

    Well, I tried Vienna, actually, that was the closest I came. But in my brief experience trying to get a bloody Goethe quote translated, I found the German there is *very* different! :)

    Right, sorted. Thanks Amazon.

  5. Guido Nius Says:

    It’s in the mail. Reading is not imho about taste, at least not when really good books are concerned. My mind is open.

  6. Daniel Silliman Says:

    I was being sarcastic about Germany. They’re even less prone to US experimental fiction than the Brits, in my experience. This is why I’m still waiting for mine, and have actually ordered a 2nd one from the US just to see if that works.

  7. looby Says:

    I got a copy from a bookseller here in the UK, but had to do a bit of trawling for it, and it’s the American edition (I assume it was published here, but burnt itself out in our bookshops brilliantly but quickly ). About 2/3rds of the way through here.

  8. Guido Nius Says:

    Page 110 and reading … thanks Brad for the suggestion. I like it.

  9. Brad Johnson Says:

    Excellent! I’m glad you do. We’ll get things kicked off on Monday. Finishing up my second reading this weekend. It’s even better the second time through.


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