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by John Gardner

eBook Sunlight Dialogues download ISBN: 0394743946
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage books ed edition (March 12, 1987)
Language: English
Pages: 746
ePub: 1555 kb
Fb2: 1692 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

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John ( Shorty ) Figlow, sergeant at the desk; a nervous man, unhappily married. Baltimore, Negro janitor in Batavia City Jail.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A novel set in a New York town about an old police chief and a strange magician who come together in a violent clash of ideals.

John Gardner’s sweeping portrait of the collision of opposing philosophical perspectives in 1960s America, centering .

John Gardner’s sweeping portrait of the collision of opposing philosophical perspectives in 1960s America, centering on the appearance of a mysterious stranger in a small upstate New York town One summer day, a countercultural drifter known only as the Sunlight Man appears in Batavia, New York. Jailed for painting the word LOVE across two lanes of traffic, the Sunlight Man encounters Fred Clumly, a sixty-four-year-old town sheriff. Beautifully expansive and imbued with exceptional social insight, The Sunlight Dialogues is John Gardner’s most ambitious work andestablished him as one of the most important fiction writers in post–World War II America.

The Sunlight Dialogues is a 1972 novel by the American author John Gardner. The novel is set in the 1960s in Batavia, New York. It follows Batavia police chief Fred Clumly in his pursuit of a magician known as the Sunlight Man, a champion of existential freedom and pre-biblical Babylonian philosophy.

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Comments: (7)
I bought this book to replace an old, tattered paperback of the same novel that I have had since the late 1970s. I enjoyed the book then, but am enjoying it even more now. John Gardner was especially concerned about the "Law and Order" attitude expressed by Chief Clumly. I am amazed at how much of what he wrote on that topic, as expressed by the "Sunlight Man," is relevant today, given the negative publicity that police departments have received when cops shoot unarmed young black men, or--in the case of Eric Garner--kill a black man with an illegal choke hold.

I once met John Gardner because he was a friend and colleague of my music composition professor. They had collaborated on three operas, and Gardner had talked at length with my professor about his philosophy of Art. Regarding "The Sunlight Dialogues," he told my professor friend that, "We have to get to the Clumlys of the world," or words to that effect. He believed that the strict, by the book, law and order practiced byChief Clumly and his kind, needed to be modified, toned down, if society was to become peaceful and harmonious. I feel that his book, which is set in the late 1960s when society's fabric was being torn asunder by the Hippie Generation, is still relevant today when we are so divided along partisan lines.

The book arrived in a timely manner, and is a sturdy paperback edition. John Gardner was a great writer, capable of describing scenes where a great complexity of emotion is being expressed. It is a long book, and the author includes a large amount of detail. His writing is so good, however, that I did not find this to be tedious as his narrative kept me engaged in the unfolding story. Unfortunately, he died in 1982, leaving behind a respectable body of work. We were deprived, however, of seeing how his development as a novelist might have played out in the coming years.
The Sunlight Dialogues_ is truly John Gardner's magnum opus, equaling and perhaps overshadowing _Grendel_, the book for which he is best known.
Grossly over-simplified, it is about the tide of discontent and change that came about in the 1960s, exemplified in the stories of a handful of people who live in the small New York town of Batavia. All of these characters' stories occur at roughly the same moment, and to a certain degree overlap each other; they all come into contact with one another at some point during the novel, and may even influence each other, but every member of the book's huge cast has his or her own story and denouement.
The primary one of these stories is the one that concerns Police Chief Fred Clumly and a haggard, maniacal drifter known as "the Sunlight Man", and the happenings of this particular storyline are the catalysts for the rest of the stories. "The Sunlight Man", whom we later find out is Taggert Hodge, the black sheep of the wealthy and powerful family the members of whom comprise roughly half the other characters in the novel, is the one who sets all of these denouements into motion with his seminal return to his hometown as a magician, hippie, murderer, and poet. His has been a life of disillusionment, loss, betrayal and unattainable wants, and he returns to Batavia to set into motion a sort of romantically juvenile plot to take revenge on the world and to mewl out his disappointment with the way things are, the latter of which he does through Fred Clumly(thus is the origin of the title.)
Gardner is remarkably adept at character development; Taggert Hodge, Walter Benson and Fred Clumly are among the best painted characters of fiction I know of. The author has a gift for articulating neuroses and flaws of characters, from miniscule ticks in their everyday behavior to major personality faults. And with a cast of roughly eleven major characters, making each and every one entirely unique in their drives and hamartias is no task to be scoffed at. However, the ability of John Gardner's I perhaps envy the most is that of taking a very normal, even pretty environmental setting, and turning it nightmarish and haunting. In the novel, the dense forests and century-old barns of Batavia are made into artifacts and ruins of an almost Lovecraftian caliber of queerness, and yet it does not serve to displace the small New York town from the realm of believable reality, but rather forces you to evaluate your reality on the same dark and weird basis as his authorial voice.
The sheer scope of the novel (that of several stories cycloning around a unifying theme and plot catalyst) at times threatens to tear it apart, however; the reader at times is left wondering why the author has switched point of views when the scenario he was describing previously had yet to be resolved. This is a mere annoyance, however, and is not really something for which I believe the novel should be faulted, for the rewards of its pages are vast ones.
Due perhaps to its relatively young age, it has yet to receive the proper "classic" status it so rightly deserves, and, sadly, it may never, for "Grendel" seems to be John Gardner's only remembered and widely read work, and is perpetually overshadowing the rest of the author's material, most of which are just as powerful and memorable as tale of Beowulf's tragic nemesis. In fact, some may even be better, as I propose The Sunlight Dialogues is, but until the higher-ups at Norton and the like get around to looking at this master of fiction as a master should, I advise any and all of the people reading this to purchase this book from whatever obscure publisher it has currently been tossed to.
What to say, what to say[slams head against desk]? Gardner's prose reaches its peak in the pages of this book. Haunting and beatuiful, the entire book reads like an epic poem. The conflict in the book is that between the philosphical sytems of the sunlight man and that of the (vastly less sophisticated) chief of police. The invisible assumptions commonly held about the nature of law, society, and morality are brought into the light of day and ruthlessly exmained. Anyone with a philosphical bent should be interetsed in the debate, and Gardner's style renders the confilct very readbable. Eventually, the sunlight man is shown to be the product of too much love for mankind and an uncompromising adherence to ideals in an imperfect world. The ending can only be described as tragic, so make sure youre plenty ready for a moody conclusion if you pick this book is engaging enough that the huindreds of pages will take only a little while to plow through, and you WILL become sympathetic to the main characters of the book. One of Gardner's best works, on the same level as _Grendel_.
A man gets arrested after drawing a large anarchy sign on the highway and then burning his wallet, including his id and papers. Tells the cops to call him 'Sunlight' - and that is precisely what he offers the chief of police, sunlight. So damn much of it that the police chief slowly starts to slip into Sunlight's own game. Sunlight escapes but keeps coming back, as though he must, must, make the police chief understand that he is serving madness, not order.
Beautiful book
Ordered this book for a book group discussion. Not only could I not finish it, I couldn't really start it. Overall the book group didn't like it either.
John Gardner writes very capably, yet cold. The best part are the dialogues between a "Law and Order" police chief who is fascinated with this anarchic madman. The book turns too literary for me at points (opposite of happy endings, bad things always happening) Lots of intriguing ideas. Gardner captures Batavia, NY (small town in Western New York farm countr.)