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3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback, 16 pages
Published 1960
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Jul 27, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 04, 2015 Runa rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 14, 2014 Maria rated it did not like it
Shelves: college-reads
A very confusing and strange read.
I struggled to keep up with the narrative, but it went over my head several times (actually, I had no idea what was going on with the bird and the science talk upstairs).
It was beautiful and terrible dense... A taster of the horror that is Crying of Lot 49. What a glorious headache that was!
Aug 13, 2016 Roger added it
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A strange little rare edition of a story of Pynchon's, first published in The Kenyon Review, 22, 2 (1960). Oddly illustrated, with cryptic remarks.
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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 ...more
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