Ralph Ambrose's Reviews > Inherent Vice
Ralph Ambrose's review
Sep 29, 2014
I often laughed out loud, and I really enjoyed getting Pynchon's perspective on the period in SoCal history around the time I was born. The challenge for me in this book is the meandering pace. Doc's approach to crime solving is passive. Using drugs to tune into a spiritual wavelength, he allows the crime to solve itself. He stumbles upon leads by pure dumb luck. But this challenge is also the story's charm. As the pieces start falling shamblingly into place toward the end of the book, I actually found the story very rewarding. By the time the novel comes to a creeping conclusion, like an old wind-up toy from a 70's Christmas stocking, the loose ends of the story feel well resolved, even if there is a melancholy aire befitting an end of an age. I think this is a story that I will grow to appreciate even more after having read it.
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