The Tunnel Big Read: Week 3


Welcome to Week 3 of our group read of William H. Gass’s The Tunnel. The read lasts from September 30 through November 3. We are currently in Week 3, covering pages 247 through 379. Get the schedule here. Purchase the book here and benefit this site. All posts related to this group read are here.

Thank you, and please post any thoughts as pertain to the read in the comments to this post. More thoughts for Week 3 to come later in the week.

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I would personally love to see a short passage (pick one! any one!) get a group unpacking, a collective deconstruction. Even as I lose steady hope of making much of the shape(lessness) of the book I can’t help but wonder what might shake out of a violent attack on a single brick. With some hope of illuminating a few that surround.

I found a pssage that reminded me of the Dylarama section of White noise. It’s on page 268 and it deals with “language replac[ing] life”. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

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