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Title: A Perfect Introduction to a Unique Author
Content: I can't remember how I came across Vineland originally. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I was vaguely aware of Thomas Pynchon's reputation as a recluse, and I suppose I just thought it was about time I discovered what all the fuss what about, expecting an anti-climactic disappointment. But what an amazing discovery, which since that date has been my favourite book and undoubtedly the one I would select if one day banished to some remote place with a single volume limit. Not only did this book make me laugh in a way I never have before or since, behind the bizarre descriptions of life past and present in the United States lies a serious message. I am not sure it is possible to fully understand Americans without reading this book. I could not more strongly recommend it.
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Title: A rollercoaster of a book
Content: By far the strangest novel I've ever read. The essence is a girl searching for the mother who left her behind when she was small. The strange characters you meet on the way lead to even stranger encounters, leading you away from and back again to the main storyline and away again. What makes the read unique is the language used: erudite, baroque, funny. The reading of a Pynchon book is a challenge and an adventure in itself, whatever the storyline. This book was my introduction to Pynchon and I'm already planning my next adventure.
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Title: Perfect
Content: Beautiful copy
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Title: The Good Life
Content: Fourth in the Pynchon bibliography, this was a break with the grand post-modern tomes of the past; character-based, very warm and human, and yet also political, dealing with the loss of civil liberty from government repression and control. Set in 1984, America is a “scabland garrison state,” as Orwellian as ever with Ronald Reagan’s re-election year and the dark political forces aggressively prohibiting the freedoms gained in the 1960s. The extensive flashbacks to the 60s, the heart of the novel, follow the devastating effect the government’s program of infiltrating and destabilising the 60s counterculture has on the major characters. The narrative focuses on the married couple of Zoyd and Frenesi, and their child, Prairie, their family’s dissolution and their journey back to reconciliation. Pynchon’s prose is electric, with a tendency towards long complex sentences ripe with clause upon clause that build up to heady effect. The novel is organically structured, with extreme jump cuts, scenes shifting rapidly in space and time to fill in new characters’ back stories, flashbacks within flashbacks. But it all ties in, knits together and wraps up so elegantly and satisfactorily. It gets zany at times, with Ninjas, Godzillas and Italian weddings. Very laugh out loud funny, the novel is full of human moments and warm community and yet very dark. The power structures that seek to repress and control are a very real threat; ’’the unrelenting forces that leaned ever after . . . into Time’s wind, impassive in pursuit, usually gaining, the faceless predators . . . [who] had simply persisted, stone-humorless, beyond cause and effect, rejecting all attempts to bargain or accommodate, following through pools of night where nothing else moved wrongs forgotten by all but the direly possessed, continuing as a body to refuse to be bought off for any but the full price, which they had never named.” Vineland, the area, becomes a metaphor for primal, untouched, unsullied America, Eden looming out of the mist, the hippies its first settlers, extolling the simple pleasures of sharing food, music, laughter and community. The Good Life.
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Title: Safe Pynchon
Content: I'm not really big on post-modern writers, so I'm not likely to be Pynchon's target audience or a natural loyal fan. I dipped my toe in (as many do) with the short, but still rather baffling, "The Crying of Lot 49". Despite a playfulness to that text I didn't get much out of it or feel compelled to keep going with Pynchon. However, recently I've been dabbling in later authors fond of / influenced by Pynchon, so thought the time was right to give him another go and to check out another of the "safer" options from his bibliography. The result? A mixed bag. There's some wonderful characterization in "Vineland" that is especially touching, moments both big and small, that makes a real impression. Then there are gaping holes in the story - like why Frenesi acts in quite the way she does. Pynchon makes no bones about the fact she's a cold character, but it feels a little weak to be told Frenesi acted how she did because she doesn't *really* care that much and she has a thing for authority figures. Probably the best thing in "Vineland" is the sense of loss that exudes from the novel. There's a palpable feeling that events took a wrong turn in American history starting in the Nixon era, and there's no way back at all. The events that unfold in Frenesi's past are really quite bleak to read as the optimism and good intentions of the 60s are blasted away by a ruthless government machine and undermined from within - a purge that continued in to the 80s and the Reagan years. Reading all this from another era, 2013, debilitated by the excesses of neo-liberalism made for quite depressing reading (at least for someone like me, left of centre). Of course, there are the wacky elements to this story that mustn't be forgotten. The ninjas, the Godzilla monster, the Star Trek references, the man who has sex with his car... These are all quite funny, and there is a lot of humour in the book, but it's all very post-modern and not all of it hangs together well. The ending with Brock is particularly "WTF-inducing" and feels a bit like a cop-out. Still, if there are ropy sections to this novel, I'm willing to forgive them for the general heartfelt feeling the novel is written with and it's many other amusing sections. "Vineland" hasn't exactly made me a convert, but it has at least convinced me it might not be such a bad thing to go read "Inherent Vice", though "Gravity's Rainbow" may have to wait a little longer before I pick it off the shelves.
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Title: A Perfect Introduction to a Unique Author
Content: I can't remember how I came across Vineland originally. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I was vaguely aware of Thomas Pynchon's reputation as a recluse, and I suppose I just thought it was about time I discovered what all the fuss what about, expecting an anti-climactic disappointment. But what an amazing discovery, which since that date has been my favourite book and undoubtedly the one I would select if one day banished to some remote place with a single volume limit. Not only did this book make me laugh in a way I never have before or since, behind the bizarre descriptions of life past and present in the United States lies a serious message. I am not sure it is possible to fully understand Americans without reading this book. I could not more strongly recommend it.
Rating:
Title: A rollercoaster of a book
Content: By far the strangest novel I've ever read. The essence is a girl searching for the mother who left her behind when she was small. The strange characters you meet on the way lead to even stranger encounters, leading you away from and back again to the main storyline and away again. What makes the read unique is the language used: erudite, baroque, funny. The reading of a Pynchon book is a challenge and an adventure in itself, whatever the storyline. This book was my introduction to Pynchon and I'm already planning my next adventure.
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