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I think it's worth reading this story as it showcases early Pynchon style and narrative approach. Get a bit of Pynchon without having to wade through the seriously difficult stuff. Great subject for a story anyway....and beautiful description of a bird being held and cared for. Heat transfer to keep the bird alive, in metaphor I suppose. To avoid chaos and entropy.
Very little of this works on anything but a symbolical level - and that gets tedious even in a 16-page short story. That aside, it's smart and generally a pleasure to read (though I have to confess a bias towards literature that does science well), plus an excellent insight into the dynamics of short/long literary forms in 60s America.
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. is an American writer based in New York City, noted for his dense and complex works of fiction. Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon spent two years in the United States Navy and earned an English degree from Cornell University. After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known today: V. (1963 ...moreMore about Thomas Pynchon...