The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

Philip Schultz


The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

  • Title: The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse
  • Author: Philip Schultz
  • ISBN: 9780393240948
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover



I, oneHenryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski,Head Clerk of Closed Files,a department of one,work in a forgotten well of ghostly sighsThis astonishing novel in verse tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam War in the basement of a San Francisco welfare building and translating his mother s diaries The diaries concern the JedwabneI, oneHenryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski,Head Clerk of Closed Files,a department of one,work in a forgotten well of ghostly sighsThis astonishing novel in verse tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam War in the basement of a San Francisco welfare building and translating his mother s diaries The diaries concern the Jedwabne massacre, an event that took place in German occupied Poland in 1941 Wildly inventive, dark, beautiful, and unrelenting, The Wherewithal is a meditation on the nature of evil and the destruction of war.


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Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.1968 finds Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski hiding out as a clerk in the basement of a San Francisco welfare office. Secure in his clandestine sanctuary, Henryk spends his days filing paperwork and translating his mother’s diaries while dodging Uncle Sam and the horrors of service in Vietnam. What unfolds is an increasingly disordered and bizarrely attractive illustration of personal delirium and the human condition.The parallel story lines - th [...]

A Novel in VerseI have read a number of novels in verse recently. There have been some classics, Byron's Don Juan and Browning's The Ring and the Book among them, and some modern examples such as Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate, James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover, and Derek Walcott's Omeros. And the question arises with each of them: why verse? What does poetry add that prose cannot? One obvious factor is resonance: the sense of something larger than life conjured up by the fullness of [...]

There's an old story by Stephen King, I forget its title exactly, in which a woman experiences the same tragic event--the crash of an airplane--over and over again, unable to recognize the eternal hell into which she's fallen. Instead, she thinks of the repeated event as an extreme case of deja vu, rendering her not only damned but oblivious--a small comfort, we tell ourselves, for anyone who is now both ghost and victim. King's story--brief, poorly written, and wholly substandard--has haunted m [...]

This plodding novel in verse is populated by wicked, evil, unlikeable characters. One wonders why one continued reading the book until one reached the end because the story is so abhorrent and repulsive, and the characters and the plot are utterly devoid of any redeeming qualities.If the rating system had permitted me to give this book zero stars, then this book would qualify for that rating!

If you like Schultz, you'll love his new novel, which captures his flippant poignancy perfectly. But if you're not a fan of his to begin with, I suspect you would find The Wherewithal to be somewhere between trite and forced.

Poetry telling of the Polish burning of Jews during WWII, of a government working in a dank basement, relationship with his mother, a haunting pastiche of imagery, beautiful words, dark memories


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