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Thirty years in the making William Gass's second novel first appeared on the literary scene in 1995 at which time it was promptly hailed as an indisputable. 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 ecstasy After the first 200 pages or thereabouts the novel takes muckier knotty horror packed digressions and balances these with freuent flare ups of the musical magical waves of Gass pleasure The book alternates between these extremes for its duration creating what Colin Pie has called as a lovely schizophrenia Gass s novel is one the most exhilarating explorations of a vile mind in existence His use of discombobulating typographical techniues deceptive comical limericks utterly immersive internal monologues the Henry James strength meaningless and unending sentence heartbreaking childhood reflections of increasing desperation blackly humorous misanthropic assaults pitiful domestic dialogues and carnal fantasies immerses us in Kohler s hopeless heartless realm This novel is bloated and beautiful You will loathe it love it hurl it across the room chortle disgracefully read it compulsively for days and days wearily skim read hundreds of pages spill yoghurt on its spine One thing is clear you need The Tunnel in your life No burrowing out of this one Healing Sex 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 Spark (Stronger, currents of polished perfection with near spiritual ecstasy After the first 200 pages or thereabouts the novel takes muckier knotty horror packed digressions and balances these with freuent flare ups of the musical magical waves of Gass pleasure The book alternates between these extremes for its duration Wonder Woman and Philosophy creating what Colin Pie has Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung called as a lovely schizophrenia Gass s novel is one the most exhilarating explorations of a vile mind in existence His use of discombobulating typographical techniues deceptive Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, comical limericks utterly immersive internal monologues the Henry James strength meaningless and unending sentence heartbreaking Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar childhood reflections of increasing desperation blackly humorous misanthropic assaults pitiful domestic dialogues and Absolute Banking English carnal fantasies immerses us in Kohler s hopeless heartless realm This novel is bloated and beautiful You will loathe it love it hurl it across the room Jewish Life clear you need The Tunnel in your life No burrowing out of this one

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Masterpiece The story of a middle aged professor who upon completion of his massive historical study Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany finds himself. 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 goodly one in which there are many confines wards anddungeons Denmark being one o th worst Rosencrantz We think not so my lord Hamlet Why then tis none to you for there is nothing either good orbad but thinking makes it so To me it is a prison Don t you see that when a man writes the history of your country in another mother language he is bent on conuest If he succeeds he will have replaced your past and all your methods of communication your habits of thinking feeling and perceiving your very way of being with his own His history will be yours perforce Mad Meg Guilt and Innocence The process of Denazification began in earnest in early 1946 with a series of directives issued by the Allied Control Council The aim was a thorough meticulous investigation of the entire German people and the punishment of all found to be guilty of supporting the Nazi state Germans were to be placed in one of five categories Major Offenders Offenders Lesser Offenders Followers and Exonerated Persons The concept of collective guilt was emphasized through the posting of graphic images of the concentration camps in newspapers on placards pamphlets and posters displayed in towns cities storefronts and cinemas headed with the statement YOU ARE GUILTY OF THIS However uite rapidly it became clear that such a process was impractical Not only was there no clear defining line between the guilty and the innocent if such words have any real meaning who amongst us could be truly exonerated but the process also ran counter to the urgent need to create a functioning economically sound society To speed up the procedure it was decided that unless their crimes were serious members of the Nazi Party born after 1919 were exempted on the grounds that they had been brainwashed Members of the Nazi party began to buy and sell denazification certificates on the black market The system fragmented and slipped out of sight All that remained were the Nuremburg Trials with all their symbolic cathartic theatre The German people s history was left in chimeric disarray half conuered by the American tongue Is genocide a zombie or a hydra what happens when we cut off its head The actions of the Nazis were only bad because they failed Had they been successful and the Thousand Year Reich established Himmler would be a hero and not a failed chicken farmer with the blood of millions on his hands William Frederick Kohler the monster tunnelled through by Gass has faced the complexity of this problem and recognised its Hydraic nature He is filled with enough self loathing legacy of a wonderfully evoked childhood to face the implications of these events the fact that as a species it is a rare specimen who would not at heart belong as a member of the PdP Of course as its name implies to be a member of the PdP means one would had one be born elsewhere been a member of the NSDAP Can any of us truly say with certainty that all our petty disappointments bitterness and self disgust would not have led us by the hand into that darkness On the first page of the novel are two flags They are broken into sections that name those minor character flaws that we all as human beings suffer from at one time or another Envy Spite Secretiveness Resentment Bigotry Long Suffering Frigidity Niggardliness Malice Sullenness Churlishness Hypocrisy Self pity Vindictiveness Pettiness Procrastination Sloth and Jealousy Gass wishes to remind us that this is also a list of the ingredients reuired to fashion genocide The components of inhumanity are human all too human Hamlet s statement that it is our thoughts that designate good and bad is of course in one sense correct particularly when one refers to morals as Nietzsche pointed out but is there an objective sense in which those flaws listed above can be labelled bad is there something to be said for moral universalism is there a viewpoint from which had the Nazi s succeeded one could still see their guilt and if so then are not all of us veined and marbled by such immorality It is simple enough to designate the Shoah as a bad thing not it must be stated evil as that term is a meaningless excuse but it is the point where as one digs further and further down into individuals and individual acts such certainty starts to crumble that is the most difficult to reconcile with our ideas of humanity Where does one draw the line in the five categories of guilt and innocence set out above It is this issue something I believe is one of the most important and profound legacies of the horrors of the 20thc that Gass spent almost 30 years investigating The Tunnel is a novel of great philosophical importance and subtlety as well as technical masterpiece It is hard going and the passage gets dark narrow and stifling but it is a novel that I cannot recommend highly enough There is no simple answer to the paradox that humanity is fundamentally inhumane but to accept this fact should at least inspire us to vigilance We should continue to tunnel inward even when the dirt falls in our eyes A May to December Romance completion of his massive historical study Guilt and Innocence in Hitler's Germany finds himself. 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 goodly one in which there are many Moravagine confines wards anddungeons Denmark being one o th worst Rosencrantz We think not so my lord Hamlet Why then tis none to you for there is nothing either good orbad but thinking makes it so To me it is a prison Don t you see that when a man writes the history of your Herman Hertzberger country in another mother language he is bent on Family Secrets conuest If he succeeds he will have replaced your past and all your methods of Wolves Among Sheep communication your habits of thinking feeling and perceiving your very way of being with his own His history will be yours perforce Mad Meg Guilt and Innocence The process of Denazification began in earnest in early 1946 with a series of directives issued by the Allied Control Council The aim was a thorough meticulous investigation of the entire German people and the punishment of all found to be guilty of supporting the Nazi state Germans were to be placed in one of five Writing Fight Scenes categories Major Offenders Offenders Lesser Offenders Followers and Exonerated Persons The Włosy Mamy concentration Caring for Victor camps in newspapers on placards pamphlets and posters displayed in towns Un matrimonio americano (AdN) (Adn Alianza De Novelas) cities storefronts and Omkara cinemas headed with the statement YOU ARE GUILTY OF THIS However uite rapidly it became AMSG clear that such a process was impractical Not only was there no Who Killed Hazel Drew? clear defining line between the guilty and the innocent if such words have any real meaning who amongst us A Whole New League (Briarwood High Book 2) could be truly exonerated but the process also ran Since I Died counter to the urgent need to Not Pulling Out 2 create a functioning economically sound society To speed up the procedure it was decided that unless their Driving on the Edge crimes were serious members of the Nazi Party born after 1919 were exempted on the grounds that they had been brainwashed Members of the Nazi party began to buy and sell denazification El Socialismo Historico Altoaragones certificates on the black market The system fragmented and slipped out of sight All that remained were the Nuremburg Trials with all their symbolic Dont Call Me Coach cathartic theatre The German people s history was left in Obłok Magellana chimeric disarray half Destinys Need conuered by the American tongue Is genocide a zombie or a hydra what happens when we Gabe (Alvarez Security complexity of this problem and recognised its Hydraic nature He is filled with enough self loathing legacy of a wonderfully evoked Tony (Alvarez Security childhood to face the implications of these events the fact that as a species it is a rare specimen who would not at heart belong as a member of the PdP Of The Simon Iff Stories & Other Works course as its name implies to be a member of the PdP means one would had one be born elsewhere been a member of the NSDAP Can any of us truly say with Polish-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary certainty that all our petty disappointments bitterness and self disgust would not have led us by the hand into that darkness On the first page of the novel are two flags They are broken into sections that name those minor The Best Interface Is No Interface character flaws that we all as human beings suffer from at one time or another Envy Spite Secretiveness Resentment Bigotry Long Suffering Frigidity Niggardliness Malice Sullenness Churlishness Hypocrisy Self pity Vindictiveness Pettiness Procrastination Sloth and Jealousy Gass wishes to remind us that this is also a list of the ingredients reuired to fashion genocide The James Fitzjames components of inhumanity are human all too human Hamlet s statement that it is our thoughts that designate good and bad is of Contemporary Poetry course in one sense Sweet 16 correct particularly when one refers to morals as Nietzsche pointed out but is there an objective sense in which those flaws listed above Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Vermeer, could still see their guilt and if so then are not all of us veined and marbled by such immorality It is simple enough to designate the Shoah as a bad thing not it must be stated evil as that term is a meaningless excuse but it is the point where as one digs further and further down into individuals and individual acts such Something Wonderful (Sequels, certainty starts to Men In Petticoats crumble that is the most difficult to reconcile with our ideas of humanity Where does one draw the line in the five Jungle Fever (Jessicas Seduction categories of guilt and innocence set out above It is this issue something I believe is one of the most important and profound legacies of the horrors of the 20thc that Gass spent almost 30 years investigating The Tunnel is a novel of great philosophical importance and subtlety as well as technical masterpiece It is hard going and the passage gets dark narrow and stifling but it is a novel that I Bride for a Night cannot recommend highly enough There is no simple answer to the paradox that humanity is fundamentally inhumane but to accept this fact should at least inspire us to vigilance We should Atomic Design continue to tunnel inward even when the dirt falls in our eyes

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Writing a novel about his own life instead of the introduction to his magnum opus The Tunnel meditates on history hatred unhappiness and above all languag. 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 readerThe metaphorical tunnel doesn t represent an escape route out of anywhere nor does it represent a method of entry into somewhere elseInstead it constitutes a long strange trip or journey through the mind of the first person protagonist At this level the novel is simply an account of the intellectual life of the protagonist It s not clear whether it s merely thought or written down I ll settle for the latter because of its self consciously literary toneLanguage is the vehicle by which this mind s ore is drilled bored extracted conveyed to us and laid bare so that if we re interested enough we can sift through it looking for gold or gelt or guiltThe Dirty DiggerSo much for the metaphysical tunnel At a physical level Kohler his name is German for digger goes down to the basement of his home and starts digging a tunnel or hole It s not clear what he intends to do with his hole or where he hopes it will take him It s almost as if it s sufficient as if it s an act of liberation in its own right that Kohler is digging his own hole This hole belongs to him It is his very own piece of nothingness Kohler is a man for whom nothing is enoughOn the other hand Kohler is a dirty digger The act of digging a hole reuires him to dig up and remove dirt He doesn t want his wife Martha to realise he is digging a hole for himself So he shovels the dirt into the chests of drawers and dressing tables upstairs in all of the rooms other than the room in which this might come as a surprise she sleeps separatelyOf course Martha finds out and uite reasonably remarks I don t want your dirt in my drawers any than I want your ideas in my head You ve got to admit this is pretty funny in the absurdist manner of Beckett Only the playwright didn t take 651 pages to achieve a similar result Plus structurally the two act play enabled Beckett to ensure that at least nothing happened twice Here nothing only happens once It s just that there s a whole lot of nothing going downThat s enough about the conceit of the tunnel It s little than a framing device for a monologueDigging All the Dirt on KohlerOver the course of these 651 pages we literally get to know everything about Kohler Perhaps a better way to say it is that we get all the dirt there is to know about Kohler The he digs the dirt we get The remarkable thing is we get Kohler warts and all from the horse s mouth Needless to say it s not pretty In fact he is a disgrace in just about every aspect of life Even remarkably we don t get any sense of embarrassment or shame about anything he has to say about himself It s as if he has to tell somebody else for it to be really true In the telling his story becomes history You don t have to be a king to make history You just need to have lived to have been alive To this extent only he has something in common with everymanIronically or perhaps not Kohler is an academic historian He has written a book called Guilt and Innocence in Hitler s Germany At the beginning of the novel he sits down to write the Introduction to the book only his own story distracts him This alone suggests that history can t be written objectively there will always be something subjective of the historian or author in the telling Thus we are misguided if we think that history is objective Conversely we re entitled to ask what can we learn from history It seems that we will encounter unreliable narrators in history than we do in fictionWe don t learn much about what Kohler has written in his book Perhaps if we did it could have constituted his Introduction However we learn a whole lot about his pastThe Mad Meg LegacyGass started writing the novel in 1965 when he was about 40 He took another 30 years to finish and publish it It s difficult to judge when the novel is set or at least when the narration is taking place A couple of times it s mentioned that Kohler is 50 There is little reference to contemporaneous events other than a brief mention of protests against the Vietnamese War There is some incidental mention of hippies but no suggestion that the Summer of Love has occurred Thus it s possible that the narration occurs about 1965 which means that Kohler was born in about 1915 and was about nine or ten years older than Gass himselfThis difference in age makes it possible for Kohler to have spent at least a year studying in Germany after Hitler came to power It seems that he studied history under a charismatic persuasive and compelling pro Nazi Professor Magus Mad Meg Tabor who greatly influenced his actions and beliefs It s tempting but ultimately futile to try to work out who Mad Meg represents view spoilerHitler Nietzsche Heidegger hide spoiler Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia constitutes a long strange trip or journey through the mind of the first person protagonist At this level the novel is simply an account of the intellectual life of the protagonist It s not Spojrzenie na sztukę clear whether it s merely thought or written down I ll settle for the latter because of its self Nue consciously literary toneLanguage is the vehicle by which this mind s ore is drilled bored extracted The Clan (Play to Live conveyed to us and laid bare so that if we re interested enough we A Fools Paradise can sift through it looking for gold or gelt or guiltThe Dirty DiggerSo much for the metaphysical tunnel At a physical level Kohler his name is German for digger goes down to the basement of his home and starts digging a tunnel or hole It s not Lardżelka clear what he intends to do with his hole or where he hopes it will take him It s almost as if it s sufficient as if it s an act of liberation in its own right that Kohler is digging his own hole This hole belongs to him It is his very own piece of nothingness Kohler is a man for whom nothing is enoughOn the other hand Kohler is a dirty digger The act of digging a hole reuires him to dig up and remove dirt He doesn t want his wife Martha to realise he is digging a hole for himself So he shovels the dirt into the Beauty Ravished chests of drawers and dressing tables upstairs in all of the rooms other than the room in which this might Reviving the Broken Marionette come as a surprise she sleeps separatelyOf Service Book ... of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America course Martha finds out and uite reasonably remarks I don t want your dirt in my drawers any than I want your ideas in my head You ve got to admit this is pretty funny in the absurdist manner of Beckett Only the playwright didn t take 651 pages to achieve a similar result Plus structurally the two act play enabled Beckett to ensure that at least nothing happened twice Here nothing only happens once It s just that there s a whole lot of nothing going downThat s enough about the A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, conceit of the tunnel It s little than a framing device for a monologueDigging All the Dirt on KohlerOver the Look Again course of these 651 pages we literally get to know everything about Kohler Perhaps a better way to say it is that we get all the dirt there is to know about Kohler The he digs the dirt we get The remarkable thing is we get Kohler warts and all from the horse s mouth Needless to say it s not pretty In fact he is a disgrace in just about every aspect of life Even remarkably we don t get any sense of embarrassment or shame about anything he has to say about himself It s as if he has to tell somebody else for it to be really true In the telling his story becomes history You don t have to be a king to make history You just need to have lived to have been alive To this extent only he has something in Alle vi børn i Bulderby. De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby common with everymanIronically or perhaps not Kohler is an academic historian He has written a book Il piacere nel Medioevo called Guilt and Innocence in Hitler s Germany At the beginning of the novel he sits down to write the Introduction to the book only his own story distracts him This alone suggests that history Drunk on the Moon can we learn from history It seems that we will encounter unreliable narrators in history than we do in fictionWe don t learn much about what Kohler has written in his book Perhaps if we did it Der ganze weg could have Rich Habits Poor Habits constituted his Introduction However we learn a whole lot about his pastThe Mad Meg LegacyGass started writing the novel in 1965 when he was about 40 He took another 30 years to finish and publish it It s difficult to judge when the novel is set or at least when the narration is taking place A El Metal couple of times it s mentioned that Kohler is 50 There is little reference to The Ichneutae of Sophocles, with Notes and a Translation Into English, Preceded by Introductory Chapters Dealing with the Play, with Satyric Drama, an contemporaneous events other than a brief mention of protests against the Vietnamese War There is some incidental mention of hippies but no suggestion that the Summer of Love has occurred Thus it s possible that the narration occurs about 1965 which means that Kohler was born in about 1915 and was about nine or ten years older than Gass himselfThis difference in age makes it possible for Kohler to have spent at least a year studying in Germany after Hitler Kana Pict-o-Graphix came to power It seems that he studied history under a Sienkiewicz. 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10 thoughts on “The Tunnel

  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 h

  2. says:

    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 e

  3. says:

    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 endorsements possible for a novel that isn’t James Joyce’s Ulysses

  4. says:

    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 U

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    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

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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 goodly one in which there are many confines wards anddungeons Denmark being one o' th' worst Rosencrantz

  7. says:

    Being William Kohler The Tunnel is a sort of portal through which we enter into the head of one William Frederick Kohler We poke around in his memories and his thoughts exploring all the little twists and turns of his mind The uestion of how

  8. says:

    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 masterpi

  9. says:

    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 readerThe metaphorical tunnel doesn't represent an escape route out of anywhere nor does it represent a method of entry into somewhere elseInstead it constitutes a long strange trip or journey

  10. says:

    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 completion of his life's work a massive exhaustively researched revisionist history of the Third Reich ent

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