29 feb. 2008


Gilbert Sorrentino. Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things. 1971. 245 pp.

I said I wasn't going to be re-reading, but what could I do? I had to reward myself with this. "I make them up so I can put them down," says that narrator, about this characters. There are 8 chapters, each devoted to a separate character. The novel is repetitious, in that the 8 seem like variations on a few archetypes.

The qualities are actual, the things made up, imaginative, as in all fiction. The title gets it backwards, but it's based on a WCW quote.

I even got a paragraph for my Lorca book out it--an added bonus. I had forgotten completely that Sorrentino gets in a few digs about bad imitators of Lorca.

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