The Interrogative Mood

The Interrogative Mood

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The acclaimed writer Padgett Powell is fascinated by what it feels like to walk through everyday life, to hear the swing and snap of American talk, to be both electrified and overwhelmed by the mad cacophony -- the "muchness"--of America. "The Interrogative Mood" is Powell's playful and profound response, a bebop solo of a book in which every sentence is a question.

HARPERCOLL

“If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel (and maybe they did. Did they?) it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell’s.”

—Richard Ford


The Interrogative Mood is a wildly inventive, jazzy meditation on life and language by the novelist that Ian Frazier hails as “one of the best writers in America, and one of the funniest, too.” A novel composed entirely of questions, it is perhaps the most audacious literary high-wire act since Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine or David Foster Wallace’s stories; a playful and profound book that, as Jonathan Safran Foer says, “will sear the unlucky volumes shelved on either side of it. How it doesn’t, itself, combust in flames is a mystery to me.”



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A wildly inventive jazz meditation on life and language is written using only questions for the sentences, in a book that shows the writer's fascination with the snap and swing of American talk. 25,000 first printing.
A wildly inventive jazz meditation on life and language is written using only questions for the sentences, in a book that shows the writer's fascination with the snap and swing of American talk.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061859410
0061859419
Branch Call Number: FICTION POWEL...P
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 20 cm
Notes: "A portion of this book first appeared in slightly different form in The Paris review"--Title page verso

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1aa
May 09, 2016

Why this? Why not? How is it that I read a book of nothing but questions three times? Was it so infuriating? or engaging? Was it entertaining, or uncanny, or kind of addictive in its own way, or some combination of the above? Was it worth it to return it late and pay the fine? How does one answer?

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ClaireM_W
Apr 06, 2011

A short book you'll read in one sitting, partly because you won't want to disengage with the author. The questions flow like a conversation with a good friend.

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