The Interrogative Mood

The Interrogative Mood

A Novel?

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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"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 inAmerica, 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."

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061859410
Branch Call Number: POWEL
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 20 cm.


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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?

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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