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        JR


        setting

        Midwestern Town, America

        time

        1970s

        language

        English

        region

        North America

        year published

        1975

        page count

        726

        difficulty

        Extreme

        main characters

        JR

        Rip's impressions

        A spectacularly successful piece of experimental writing, dialogue (which never identifies speaker), and narrative, which flow effortlessly together. Because of that, it is difficult to follow who's speaking without full concentration. This is extreme writing right up there with Ulysses. A typical line: "Dead Before their eyes, the clock severed another of the minutes that lacked the hour." Unquestionably, a big influence on the likes of David Foster Wallace.

        first line

        --Money...? in a voice that rustled.

        last lines

        (spoiler alert)

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