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The Resource Double or Nothing : A Real Fictitious Discourse

Double or Nothing : A Real Fictitious Discourse

Label
Double or Nothing : A Real Fictitious Discourse
Title
Double or Nothing
Title remainder
A Real Fictitious Discourse
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Double or Nothing is a concrete novel in which the words become physical materials on the page. Federman gives each of these pages a shape or structure, most often a diagram or picture. The words move, cluster, jostle, and collide in a tour de force full of puns, parodies, and imitations. Within these startling and playful structures Federman develops two characters and two narratives. These stories are simultaneous and not chronological. The first deals with the narrator and his effort to make the book itself; the second, the story the narrator intends to tell, presents a young man's arrival in America. The narrator obsesses over making his narrative to the point of not making it. All of his choices for the story are made and remade. He tallies his accounts and checks his provisions. His questioning and indecision force the reader into another radical sense of the novel. The young man, whose story is to be told, also emerges from his obsessions. Madly transfixing details-noodles, toilet paper, toothpaste, a first subway ride, a sock full of dollars-become milestones in a discovery of America. These details, combined with Federman's feel for the desperation of his characters, create a book that is simultaneously hilarious and frightening. The concrete play of its language, its use of found materials, give the viewer/reader a sense of constant and strange discovery. To turn these pages is to turn the corners of a world of words as full as any novel of literary discourse ever presented. Double or Nothing challenges the way we read fiction and the way we see words, and in the process, gives us back more of our own world and our real dilemmas than we are used to getting. Picked for American Book Review's 100 Best First Lines from Novels
Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
LC call number
PS3556.E25D68 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Double or Nothing : A Real Fictitious Discourse
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=438171
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Summary of the Discourse
Control code
EBC438171
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
3rd ed.
Extent
1 online resource (319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817380472
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC438171
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL438171
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10387727
  • (OCoLC)183308604
Label
Double or Nothing : A Real Fictitious Discourse
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=438171
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Summary of the Discourse
Control code
EBC438171
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
3rd ed.
Extent
1 online resource (319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817380472
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC438171
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL438171
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10387727
  • (OCoLC)183308604

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