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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
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Oct 03, 12

bookshelves: fiction, ebook
Read from July 07 to October 03, 2012

What makes this so readable is how closely Pynchon hews to being a fairly straightforward detective story while maintaining his own style. Doc may be going through the motions of a Chandler novel but the rhythms and the prose and the underlying concerns are definitely Pynchon's, the sudden departures into topics that are erudite (the nascent origins of the Internet) or not so much (surf-rock), stringing it all together into a tapestry that for all its contrivances actually feels more real than the actual sixties do, the different portions of the city and the era interlocking and slowly gravitating toward being at each others throats, embodied best in the relationship between Doc and cop foil Bigfoot . . . they may not like each other much but without the others insights they would have an incomplete understanding of the times.
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Reading Progress

07/07/2012 "Will start on this novel tonight."
07/08/2012
7.0% "Chapter 2"
07/10/2012
15.0% "Chapter $"
07/14/2012
16.0% "Chapter 5"
07/15/2012
26.0% "Chapter 7"

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