Let's talk about The Tunnel! What are your favorite parts? Why isn't it more popular? Does anyone else feel bitter after reading it?
It's about a professor of history (a puppet of Gass) who, upon finishing his magnum opus, finds he is unable to write a rigid, objective introduction; instead, he writes, quite angrily, about his childhood, his fat wife, his pecker, his lovers, and other aspects of his personal life. Disregarding the plot, the novel still stands as one the greatest ever for one reason: the prose. Gass is, without a doubt, the greatest stylist of the latter half of the 20th century, if not the century as a whole. His writing is complex and beautiful; but it is also the angriest I've ever seen. I mean, he makes Pynchon and Gaddis look happy--joyful even. You don't have to read it now, though: in 20 to 30 years, it will be hailed as a masterpiece unlike any other.