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Omensetter's Luck

Jethro Furber a preacher crazed with a propensity for violent thoughts Omensetter's Luck meticulously brings to life a specific time and place as it illuminates timeless uestions about life love good and evi Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurd A word is a word is a word Gertrude Stein Obscene A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit Samuel Johnson lexicographer Absurd Do you see where I m gettingAm I not being clearI was doing uite wellDancing round herePerhaps a danceis not what you needtoo much distractionnot enough creedWell then here How aboutwe go nice and slow Let down from the jigand let the words flow We re still running on but at a set level carrying and clearing for a path theoreticalto the words Rhythm is all very well but the pure experience can only get you so far The dance is done the seconds blanked with enthusiasm are now filling up again with small thoughts and phrases Word word what is a wordA word is a chunk a breath a shape that flies far for all that it embodies The inherent history and meaning in each of these small creatures should drop it like a stone from the mouth sink the head down in the mind And yet simply release them into the air and they speed out far uicker than belief can tellThey take root even faster The moving the still the kind the cruel the extruding force and the intrusive gaze all minds run lurid when words delve deep into their soft and tender flesh Oftentimes the roots grow deep and the growths run strangeShocking the actions that can sprout from such frenzied throes of so small a thing Furious Logorrhea A RecipeIngredients 1 One Human Being A for Short2 The Word of God Any Word Will Do3 Knowledge of Sin4 Guilt5 Fear of Living6 Love of Logos7 One Congregation8 One Human Being Full of Joy and Love for Living sans The Word of God B for ShortSteps1 EmotionalPhysical Isolation of A2 Add The Word of God3 Ferment mixing in additional Knowledge of Sin Guilt Fear of Living and Love of Logos as needed4 Add One Congregation Pause Step 1 when interaction is guaranteed to result in Rage and Contempt Remove products to keep a steady reaction5 Steep until optimal mix of Yearning and Loathing is desired6 Add B Words can be wrapped and remembered as friends unwrapped into points to spit yourself upon Words cradle you when living is futile and keep life from you at arms length Words are careful in their constructions about you careful enough to leave you with nothing but a sense of wasted time Words feed you your past when it is spent and starve you of the present Many words spat out at an object will pattern it into paper much as an X ray clings to the bones and ghosts them outside the body Unlike X rays there is no safe amount of wordsWords and Life are infections ultimately fatal Fortunately for the record of human existence they don t like each other very much It makes for an entertaining show Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurdA word is a beaut a word is a praisea word can holler and call out your namewhen you are sad or left by yourselfwords can be such a wonderful gameA word is a noose a word is a knifea word breaks the living faster than thoughtwhen you are careless and surrounded by fewthe power of words you ll soon have forgotA word is your devil a word is your guidea word is your womb and in it you hide The Hero of Varay round herePerhaps a danceis not what you needtoo much distractionnot enough creedWell then here How aboutwe go nice and slow Let down from the jigand let the words flow We Palestrina and Other Plays re still Blackmailed By Daddy running on but at a set level carrying and clearing for a path theoreticalto the words Rhythm is all very well but the pure experience can only get you so far The dance is done the seconds blanked with enthusiasm are now filling up again with small thoughts and phrases Word word what is a wordA word is a chunk a breath a shape that flies far for all that it embodies The inherent history and meaning in each of these small creatures should drop it like a stone from the mouth sink the head down in the mind And yet simply उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] release them into the air and they speed out far uicker than belief can tellThey take Cock Tales root even faster The moving the still the kind the cruel the extruding force and the intrusive gaze all minds Son of the Hero run lurid when words delve deep into their soft and tender flesh Oftentimes the The Alien Jigsaw roots grow deep and the growths Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning run strangeShocking the actions that can sprout from such frenzied throes of so small a thing Furious Logorrhea A RecipeIngredients 1 One Human Being A for Short2 The Word of God Any Word Will Do3 Knowledge of Sin4 Guilt5 Fear of Living6 Love of Logos7 One Congregation8 One Human Being Full of Joy and Love for Living sans The Word of God B for ShortSteps1 EmotionalPhysical Isolation of A2 Add The Word of God3 Ferment mixing in additional Knowledge of Sin Guilt Fear of Living and Love of Logos as needed4 Add One Congregation Pause Step 1 when interaction is guaranteed to The Illusion of Gods Presence result in Rage and Contempt Remove products to keep a steady Folk Tales From The Soviet Union reaction5 Steep until optimal mix of Yearning and Loathing is desired6 Add B Words can be wrapped and Not The Hot Chick remembered as friends unwrapped into points to spit yourself upon Words cradle you when living is futile and keep life from you at arms length Words are careful in their constructions about you careful enough to leave you with nothing but a sense of wasted time Words feed you your past when it is spent and starve you of the present Many words spat out at an object will pattern it into paper much as an X Pegged and Plugged at the Club ray clings to the bones and ghosts them outside the body Unlike X Tunnel Through Time rays there is no safe amount of wordsWords and Life are infections ultimately fatal Fortunately for the Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 record of human existence they don t like each other very much It makes for an entertaining show Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurdA word is a beaut a word is a praisea word can holler and call out your namewhen you are sad or left by yourselfwords can be such a wonderful gameA word is a noose a word is a knifea word breaks the living faster than thoughtwhen you are careless and surrounded by fewthe power of words you ll soon have forgotA word is your devil a word is your guidea word is your womb and in it you hide

summary Omensetter's Luck

Ry man Set in a small Ohio town in the s it chronicles through the voices of various participants and observers the confrontation between Brackett Omensetter a man of preternatural goodness and the Reverend A wonderful postmodern novel set in Gilean Ohio in the 1890s Brackett Omensetter arrives in the town with his family He appears to be at one with the world I ve seen the word congruity used to describe his relationship with the world His wagon is open and rain seems inevitable but does not come He moves into a property which is flooded regularly but while Omensetter is there the land floods around his property but he remains dry He disturbs the locals his landlord Henry Pimber seems to become envious of Omensetter The local preacher Jethro Furber the central voice in the book is in some senses Omensetter s opposite pole Furber is in my opinion one of the great literary creations and as you spend a good deal of the novel inside his head you get to know him uite wellThe novel opens with Israbestis Tott don t you live those names looking back then Henry Pimber soon to be deceased has his say The bulk of the novel belongs to Furber It must be said that they are all to a man unreliable narrators They describe Omensetter s arrival his effect on the community and especially on Furber his healing of Henry with a makeshift poultice Henry s disappearance Furber s successful attempt to turn people against Omensetter Henry s death and the loss of Omensetter s luck The whole is written in magnificently constructed prose to put in uotes here would be difficult without putting in most of the book but here is how Brackett Omensetter is introduced Brackett Omensetter was a wide and happy man He could whistle like the cardinal whistles in the deep snow or whirr like the shy white rising from its cover or be the lark a chuckle at the sky He knew the earth He put his hands in water He smelled the clean fir smell He listened to the bees And he laughed his deep loud wide happy laugh whenever he could which was often long and joyfully Earth air and water Omensetter is a bit of a conundrum he is on the surface seen as good moral and a symbol of innocence Almost a force of nature with his luck However there are a couple of interesting incidents When the fox is stuck in the well it is Henry Pimber s instinct to free him Omensetter refuses to release the fox saying it is natural to leave him there to starve if fate doesn t help him out It never occurs to Omensetter that he might be an instrument of fate The same situation applies when at the end of the book Omensetter refuses to fetch a doctor to his baby son who has diphtheria Omensetter unlike the rest of the community does not attend Church on Sunday preferring to walk with his family Goodness does not seem to me to be the right word for Omensetter There is perhaps the beginning of the idea that although this is all about good and evil life and death love and hate these concepts cannot be represented separately Innocence is ultimately corruptThen we come to Furber Jethro Furber is a tormented crazed sex obsessed unbelieving preacher His interior monologue is scatological blasphemous colourful and full of rhymes and doggerel Many of these are the sort of playground rhymes that we all learnt at school but funny for all that As Omensetter s life begins to fall apart Furber moves towards redemption Furber s language and metaphors are startling The words popped from their rounded cheeks like half eaten figs that from the first page I opened and the first sentence I looked at Furber does eventually express his unbelief from the pulpit We are here yes yet we do not belong This my friends is the source of all religious feeling On this truth everything depends We are here yet we do not belong and though we need comfort and hope and strength to sustain us anything that draws us nearer to this life and puts us in desire of it is deeply wrong and greatly deceives usI ask you now to ask yourselves one simple foolish uestion to say was I born for this and I ask you please to face it honestly and answer yea if you can or nay if you mustFor thisYou rise in the morning you stretch you scratch your chestFor thisAll night while you snored the moon burned as it burned for Jesus or for CaesarYou wash you dressFor thisSo you were meant for this You ve your eyes your human consciousness for this It is a magnificent tour de force throughout I do feel I understand something about Furber In my younger days I was an Anglican priest Episcopalian in the US I had been brought up Pentecostal moved away from fundamentalism at university and became an Anglican By my late 20s I gradually came to the conclusion I no longer believed in God or the Church and I was a priest My house job and wage all tied up in it I could have done what many clergy do decided God was immanent within rather than transcendent and the language was symbol and metaphor with no life everlasting just be nice to each other The tension created madness in Furber and I recognize that stress and the anguish I left the church as I could not contemplate living and preaching what I did not believe Furber ends up defending Omensetter after trying to destroy him and goes on to have a breakdownThe whole book is a delight it is hard work at times but well worth the effort it considers the very basic and important human uestions and deals with them in a uniue and poetic way A great American novel

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Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in Omensetter's Luck is the uirky impressionistic and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordina when I was a little boy and learning letters A B C love was never taught to me I couldn t spell it the O was always missing or the V so I wrote love like live or lure or late or law or liar Omensetter s Luck is an ode to words While in most of the fiction writing the characters the plot the beginning the middle the end all gives rise to the words it s the other way round in case of this book and William Howard Gass is a wordsmith and a tough task master It s a complex novel to begin with and the uestion what the hell is going on becomes one repetitive voice in the head of a reader The re reading of various passages is inevitable their understanding however is uestionable Therefore this book demands an attentive reading wherein it s advisable not to overlook even a single punctuation markDivided into 3 parts the first part The Triumph of Israbestis Tott deals with Israbestis tott the gossiper of the town whose sole pleasure in his old age is to tell the stories and his fixation with finding the listeners for his stories I know these stories Most of them are mine my mouth gave each of them its shape but I ve no teeth to chew my long sweet youth againAre those stories reliable is a different uestion altogether This part mainly works as a preface to the rest of the book with introducing us to various characters with a blurred outline of their livesThe second part The Love and Sorrow of Henry Pimber marks the introduction of Brackett Wide and Happy Omensetter and his arrival along with his family in Gilean Ohio How the relationship of Henry and Brackett unfolds beyond the limits of tenant landlord standards for better or for worse is depicted here The luck in Omensetter s Luck is also highlighted in a incisive way in this section which gives us an idea as to how it affected lives of both Omensetter and the other town folks especially that of Henry The third and final part The Reverend Jethro Furber s Change of Heart is the longest and the most difficult portion of the book Furber is a town Preacher and one deranged despicable and dirrrty old man God I m Don t say old though it smacks of affection See With stream of consciousness narrative mode and with little or no bifurcation between dialogue and thoughts it renders the reading frustrating The key is to read slowly and accept the fact that not everything is meant to be understood but simply to enjoy like someone said in this book The words are high and fine beyond my understanding but I like their sound Furber is a strong literary character and the star of this book His mind is his abode and he feeds upon his words He breaks into rhymes without any reason makes various biblical references in a metaphorical fashion and grows repulsive of Omensetter and his inhuman ways He devises various lies against him but eventually he experience a change of heart This section provides us a brilliant insight into Gass s ingenious talent with his words and also the extent of his philosophical knowledge So where s Omensetter in all this He s mostly in thoughts of other characters and less in action He s the talk of the town but hardly participates in speech himself Or in the words of Gass he is basically a person without language He is a wall everybody bounces a ball off And what about this luck of his This book is basically symbolic of Adam and Eve s myth and how the knowledge of Brackett about his luck resulted in his fall If Brackett Omensetter had ever had the secret of how to live he hadn t known it Now the difference was he knew Everyone at last had managed to tell him and now like everybody else he was wondering what it was Omensetter is reckless and simply live his life He never bothers to stop and observe his life and that what makes everything lucky for him He stored his pay in a sock which hung from his bench went about oblivious of either time or weather habitually permitted things which he d collected like a schoolboy to slip through holes in his trousers He kept worms under saucers stones in cans poked the dirt all the time with twigs and fed suirrels navy beans and sometimes noodles from his hands Broken tools bemused him he often ate lunch with his eyes shut and needless to say he laughed a lot He let his hair grow he only intermittently shaved who knew if he washed and when he went to pee he simply let his pants drop And maybe that s how it is When a human is free from all the human ways free from any examination or judgment is when one can find paradise on earth else it s always a living hell A message which needs reminding again and again and when it s communicated through the magical words within the magical sentences Gass forms we better learn it Everyone should read Gass that s all I want to convey in a nutshell


About the Author: William H. Gass

William Howard Gass was an American novelist short story writer essayist critic and former philosophy professorGass was born in Fargo North Dakota Soon after his birth his family moved to Warren Ohio where he attended local schools He has described his childhood as an unhappy one with an abusive racist father and a passive alcoholic mother; critics would later cite his characters as.



10 thoughts on “Omensetter's Luck

  1. says:

    Words were superior; they maintained a superior control; they touched without your touching; they were at once the

  2. says:

    Israbestis Tott is like a well full to the brim with stories He draws up stories daily hourly first lines spilling from his lips by the minute In the mornings Matt was like a bell Omensetter was a wide and happy man Furber never listened He declaimed Henry Pimber lay with lockjaw in his bedThere is the story of Kick’s cat the story of the man who went to pieces the story of the high and iron fence There is

  3. says:

    when I was a little boy and learning letters — A B C love was never taught to me I couldn't spell it the O was always missing or the V so I wrote love like live or lure or late or law or liar Omensetter’s Luck is an ode to words While in most of the fiction writing the characters the plot the beginning the

  4. says:

    A wonderful postmodern novel set in Gilean Ohio in the 1890s Brackett Omensetter arrives in the town with his family He appears to be at one with the world; I’ve seen the word congruity used to describe his relationship with the world His

  5. says:

    In his afterword Gass kibitzes about the strange route to finally scorch Omensetter’s Luck into print His original MS was filched by a creepy colleague a possible candidate for the punning Culp in The Tunnel and rewritten tirelessly over the unhappy fifties and sixties with the occasional interlude for prawn poisoning and Accent success Eve

  6. says:

    I Know Not WhenceNor Whither Willy Nilly BlowingWilliam H Gass positions words on the page one after the other Soon a sentence takes shape the

  7. says:

    Word word what is a wordCan it be seen can it be hearddown with the fish up with the birdfloating obscene flying absurd A word is a word is a word Gertrude Stein Obscene A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit Samuel Johnson lexicographer Absurd Do you see where I'm gettingAm

  8. says:

    According to some interviews and things like that Omensetter's Luck was DFW's favorite books My own track record with reading DFW recommended books is hit and miss sometimes they seem to work out and other times as in the case of a Curtis White novel I am just left feeling blah and unimpressed This book falls in

  9. says:

    If you are like me one who loves the sounds of words how they sing sentences that embed in the mind with their craft this is a book to relish Phrase after phrase to read out loud to listen This is not completely

  10. says:

    This book is elegant madness Beauty given meaning both because and in spite of life's brutality Chaos in 300 pages of one gorgeously rendered sentence chasing another and another and another down the spiral of ebbing sanity and diminishing credibility The Writer is God Don't you ever forget that as this has always been the case Much in the fashion of a lonely deity or at the risk of redundancy a scientific force dividing What a

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