The Sky Changes – Gilbert Sorrentino (1966)

The Sky Changes, the first published novel by Gilbert Sorrentino, is the story of a family driving west across the U.S., as the unnamed husband admits to himself that the marriage is over.  There’s a plan to end the trip by spending time in Mexico, to patch things together, but this seems hopelessly impossible, and instead the split happens in San Francisco after a desultory Christmas spent with friends.  The novel is structured as short glimpses in space and time, each section labeled with the location, occasionally moving forward in chronology or backward to Brooklyn where they started.  Written in the early sixties, this is the anti-‘On The Road’ – where the wide open highways and small towns can’t provide much solace, and you’re lucky if the car doesn’t break down or run out of gas.

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  • MRVEGAS  On August 31, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Been looking for a good book to read – sounds interesting.

  • Curt  On September 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

    It’s short (139 pages) and kind of dense, but once I got into it I found it pretty absorbing.

  • MRVEGAS  On September 7, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I’m reading ‘Underworld’ by DeLillo – whoa… talk about dense (and long !)

    I may have to put it down for a while and pick up something shorter. I also have to read “The Brief and Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao” – heard it’s great!

  • Curt  On September 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I too have heard good things about ‘Oscar Wao’ – let me know what you think.

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