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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
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Dec 30, 2011

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bookshelves: experimental-fiction
Read from January 13 to 21, 2012

More Lot 49 than Gravity's Rainbow. Per usual, paying attention to (or trying to remember) plot specifics is an exercise in masochism. But Pynchon also does his thing with the phrasing/statement every few dozen pages that seizes the attention and stops everything cold. Also per usual the book is an odd, ghostly narrative that is equal parts compelling and elusive.

It's a good read, but also has the quality of being more of an exercise in self improvement for finishing it than pure enjoyment.

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Reading Progress

01/13/2012 page 1
0.0% "This will be the fourth time I attempt to get into Punching, of which one attempt was Lot 49 (success) and the other two were V (failure)."
01/14/2012 page 50
14.0% "Fifty pages in and no urge to hurl the book in a fire and/or beat Pynchon to death with it, which is a considerable step up from Gravity's Rainbow. I will even venture to say this is a fun and funny read."
01/14/2012 page 100
27.0% "Ah, there it is. The large anvils of stream of consciousness text that would give Faulkner an embolism. Still, it's navigable and progressing apace."
01/15/2012 page 124
34.0% "Turned out the first rant was only two pages. I'm giving the book a five page limit to get back on track after a detailing. Will see how quickly that ultimatum is met."

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