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Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
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Oct 30, 09

bookshelves: u-s-lit
Read in October, 2009

First, the plot is ridiculous. Pynchon is one politically pissed-off and paranoid dude. The result is that characters act as they should not; indeed, could not. Plenty of reviewers have made the point, however, that one doesn't read Pynchon for the plot. Well, why read him?

Because the writing is brilliant. I didn't care how the story ended. After tangent after segue after tangent and another morphing tangent, who could care. You either drop Pynchon after 50 pages or you hang on for the ride. Paragraphs and dialogue are thrown against the wall, pyrotechnics like abstract art. I was reminded of Rushdie, who also uses history, pop culture and the glory of words in a tapestry that soars above the need to be realistic, analytical or true.
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