Carpenter’s gothic


Format:
Book


Author(s):
Gaddis, William


Keyword(s):
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Fiction. Married people -- Fiction. Domestic fiction Married people Fiction Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction Veterans


Year:
1985


Pages:
262 p.


Publisher:
Viking


Publisher location:
New York


Accession number:
11344874


Label:
Box 127


Notes:
23 cm. "Elisabeth Sifton books."/ Also issued online. William Gaddis. Book


Language:
English


Call number:
LC: PS3557.A28; Dewey: 813/.54


ISBN:
ISBN: 0670697931; 9780670697939 LCCN: 83-40669


Work type:
Fiction (fic)


Abstract:
This story of raging comedy and despair centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a Vietnam veteran. From their "carpenter gothic" rented house, Paul sets himself up as a media consultant for Reverend Ude, an evangelist mounting a grand crusade that conveniently suits a mining combine bidding to take over an ore strike on the site of Ude's African mission. At the still center of the breakneck action--revealed in Gaddis's inimitable virtuoso dialogue--is Paul's wife, Liz, and over it all looms the shadowy figure of McCandless, a geologist from whom Paul and Liz rent their house. As Paul mishandles the situation, his wife takes the geologist to her bed and a fire and aborted assassination occur; Ude issues a call to arms as harrowing as any Jeremiad--and Armageddon comes rapidly closer.


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