With this read I officially become a Pynchon fan. I have admired him for years but made it through only one other book, Inherent Vice, which I thoroughly enjoyed, enough to give it 5 stars. Vineland I just flat out love.
Story matters to me, and yes, there's a story here, a crazy-quilt kind of political, personal, cultural, criminal and fanciful bits that a couple of times almost lost me, but the language made all the difference, his way with words. A story is what makes t...more
Well if that is the case, you have never read Vineland . Because oh. my. god. This book is so fucking good.
I'm not going to try to summarize or anything, because this book is too sprawling and reeling, and anyway that would be an afront to its amazingness....more
Prairie, a 14 year daughter of an old time hippie Zoyd, who up till 1984 raises her alone in a hippie retreat in Vineland County. Paririe is sent away by Zoyd, because the DEA is on his tail. Prairie runs into people of her fathers past and learns of her mother's betrayle towards her, her father and the Movement. Vineland is full of culture references from Star Wars, Godzilla, the buger king where's the beef lady ads form T.V. and countless others.
There is so much that goes on in the novel, f...more
Follows a group of '60s new leftists and their antagonists, through use of translucent digressions, elliptical flashbacks, and abrupt changes of perspective, back and forth through several decades.
It might read as a mess at first, and therefore likely requires labor-intensive rereadings. That said, there're plenty of brilliant turns of phrase, descriptions, and scenes. Much comedy, satire, parody. Likely in the...more
It's a tragic tale, since Pynchon tells you how it ends in the begi...more
With his trademark humor and his prose (such maddening prose, veering from beautiful and lyrical to stunted and awful) he undertakes an ambitious critique of America's p...more
"As time went by, that is, he did begin to wonder. But could not...more
Nonetheless--Pynchon has style, and...more
Dennoch eine dolle Reise und wie alle Pynch...more
Still, it's just not that great. Zoyd, a hippie who pretends to be bonkers once a year to receive hi...more
On opening Vineland, it is almost immediately clear that this is going to be a riotous novel. By the third chapter, the reader has been introduced to a man who makes his living by annually throwing himself through a plate glass window wearing a dress to qualify for mental illness disability benefit, a punk band named Billy Barf and the Vomitones, hired unheard to play at a traditional Mafia wedding by pretending to be Italian, and an FBI agent...more
Vineland is a bit of a mess of a book, but I really enjoyed it. Everyone knows a bit about hippies and has some preconceived notions about them. I don't think many can trace a route from radical activism of the 30s, 40s and 50s through to the hippy heyday, to their failures and defeat. Certainly it's a whole area that I don't know much about, so I enjoyed finding out about it. Vineland gives a skewed and untrustworthy history, but one that fits the subject.
The book sometimes feels like genuine p...more
Vineland es difícil de leer, con capítulos largos y sin puntos y aparte que te obligan o a leer más allá de lo que deseas o si lo dejas en cualquier punto, luego tienes que estar releyendo para retomar el hilo. Con una trama dispersa y una cantidad de personajes bastante amplia con h...more
This book is hilarious, witty, raunchy, full of dazzling Joyceean passages, one-liners, and zany comic-book action. It gets four stars for sheer chutzpah. Not to mention its cartoonish characters, some of which are more three-dimensional than others. Who could fail to appreciate a dazed and confused, aging hippie burnout named Zoyd, whose chief source of income stems from public displays of insanity; a red diaper baby secretly turned on by power (literally and figuratively); a priapic math profe...more
That it's a scathing look at the underbelly of the Reagan-driven 80s (as seen through the lens of the degenerate remains of the California counter-culture) makes it i...more
The key c...more
As far as I can tell, the book is an interesting study in innocent, anarchic, childish naivete—guised in the hippy drug-euphoria of the sixties-early seventies and personified in musician-turned-ersatz-mentally-disabled-pothead Zoyd Whe...more
I started out reveling in the use of language, but quickly got mired down in the seemingly pointless convolutions of narrative. I didn't realize until the last ten or so pages that it was all a clever ruse. Every turn and double-back serves to disguise just who the story is really about. At various points, if you had asked me, I would have told...more
What is the greatest feat is that this feels totally unlike GR and carries itself along in a more linear structure and while it...more