George Mills

George Mills An ambitious digressive and endlessly entertaining account of the thousand year history of the George Millses George Mills is the antithesis to the typical Horatio Alger story Since the First Crusa

  • Title: George Mills
  • Author: Stanley Elkin ChrisLehmann
  • ISBN: 9781564782922
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • An ambitious, digressive, and endlessly entertaining account of the thousand year history of the George Millses, George Mills is the antithesis to the typical Horatio Alger story Since the First Crusade, there has always been a George Mills, who despite his best efforts is unable to improve his position in life or that of his descendants Instead, all the George Millses aAn ambitious, digressive, and endlessly entertaining account of the thousand year history of the George Millses, George Mills is the antithesis to the typical Horatio Alger story Since the First Crusade, there has always been a George Mills, who despite his best efforts is unable to improve his position in life or that of his descendants Instead, all the George Millses are forced to accept their lot as true blue collar workers, serving important personages in a series of odd jobs ranging from horse talker in a salt mine to working as a furniture mover in contemporary St Louis But the latest in the long line of George Millses may also be the last, as he obsesses about his family s history and determines that he will be the one to break this doomed cycle of servitude.

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    About Author

    1. Stanley Lawrence Elkin was a Jewish American novelist, short story writer, and essayist His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male female relationships.During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one unproduced screenplay Elkin s work revolves about American pop culture, which it portrays in innumerable darkly comic variations Characters take full precedence over plot His language throughout is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters endless patter He was like a jazz artist who would go off on riffs, said critic William Gass In a review of George Mills, Ralph B Sipper wrote, Elkin s trademark is to tightrope his way from comedy to tragedy with hardly a slip About the influence of ethnicity on his work Elkin said he admired most the writers who are stylists, Jewish or not Bellow is a stylist, and he is Jewish William Gass is a stylist, and he is not Jewish What I go for in my work is language.

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    1. Learn this, Mills There are distinctions between men, humanity is dealt out like cards There is natural suzerainty like the face value on coins It s as simple as the scorn in my voice when I talk to you like this, as natural as the italics my kind use and your kind don t Now do as I tell you, get on your horse You ve doomed me, Mills said You ve cursed my race It was so Mills apologized silently to the sons he was yet to have if they ever got out of this mess for the heritage he was yet to give [...]


    2. Stanley Elkin begins from afar, from the First Crusade, when the first George Mills founded a dynasty of Millses yeomen, servants and blue collars for a thousand years.Some are born to rule and some are born to serve Some are born to endless night Cursed were the meek He knew that So be it The last would never be first He knew that He knew everything, his low born essence, his unswerving blue obedience and commissionaire s style everything.The little man s tragedy is a widely known genre and Sta [...]


    3. With this, I ve now read every Elkin novel This one won a critics award the year I was born and has seemingly fell victim to a cruel, capricious oblivion That fate, and all Elkin, is droll and lachrymose He is not widely read, I suspect, because writers know that to read him is their ruin, while readers know he ruins so many other authors Yet you, too, should read every Elkin novel anyway There was a plot of some sort behind the brilliant pretext of a millennia of runners up but that s not the [...]


    4. I changed my opinion of this long, dense book about eight times over the course of reading it I m not sure what this is, this is great, this is a sloppy mess, this is spinning its wheels, this is great, this is good, this is all over the place, this is amazing , and my final determination is that it s a difficult, digressive, virtuosic masterpiece about everything Some books I think, Yeah, I can picture the writing process here, the effort, the time, the construction, but this book fills me with [...]


    5. This book took me six months to read It had extremely vivid prose perhaps overly vivid prose , a meandering plot, and a generally morose point of view It seemed like I couldn t go than a few pages without drifting away.Still, I never wanted to quit So many gems So little impetus to turn the page.


    6. I am here to say, point blank, without any fear I may be overstating it Stantley Elkin is a devastatingly great writer, a giant giant giant, the definition of humbling This is only the third of his novels I have read after commencing w a certain esteemed collection of early short stories I was completely knocked out by the last one, THE DICK GIBSON SHOW, instantaneously rendered a gaga in it for life acolyte It was simply one of the finest novels I had ever read, as formidable a literary achieve [...]


    7. Every novel of reputed worth, no matter how much I may or may not like it, has something of merit to recommend it The pleasures I derived from this one, however, were woefully out of proportion to the time I spent with it.Thirty years ago I had read The Dick Gibson Show , and nothing except disappointment sticks with me At the beginning of the year, I read The Living End , and I was again puzzled by and disappointed After finishing Marilynne Robinson s Homecoming, I waded into what some have con [...]


    8. Elkins was extolled by critics in the 60 s 80 s but seems forgotten today George Mills is not surprisingly about generations of George Millses, representing the nameless poor, those who do the menial tasks, fixed in class, fixed in poverty, expecting nothing and getting nothing The Mills curse takes on mythic proportions and even smacks of Greek tragedy It deals with issues like death, spiritualism, loyalty, marital fidelity, exploitation of the poor and mental illness At the same time it s a ve [...]


    9. A wholly unique and ambitious novel Largely plotless, meandering between rich scenes and setups The language is as verbose and rich as any I ve encountered, as Elkin tends towards longer sentences that twist and turn.



    10. Never using one adjective when he could use three or , Elkin s book was just not appealing to me It starts with an interesting premise, following the men of the Mills line for a thousand years, each succeeding generation with a son named George and each generation cursed to a life on society s outskirts, 50 generations of futility as laborers and n er do wells until the current George Mills, who works as a mover for a business that evicts the poor from there homes in St Louis, decides it s time [...]


    11. So the description of this book on the site says it s endlessly entertaining, and on my copy there is a quote from Salman Rushdie about how much he liked itbut maybe there s something I missed I found it hard to follow and it was difficult to connect with any of the characters, as soon as I thought I might like them they we swapped out for a new character There were some sections that I enjoyed, but many that I was completely bored with It took me FOREVER to read this book because I wasn t reall [...]


    12. This book is really a 3.5 star book, but the fact that I jerked off once or twice while reading it pushes it into the fourth when forced to choose The first chapter is awful, and then it gets fantastic Elkin s language is exciting his plots not to so much But who gives a shit about plot anyway when he can write about taut auras , the feeble litter of the lightly trafficked park , effluent participatory chivalry etc.


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