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Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon
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Feb 21, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: the world

This is a collection of five Pynchon's short stories, along with an powerful introduction (or a disclaimer) by the author.

In the intro Pynchon spends a great deal of time exposing what he feels to be faults in the following stories, mainly attributed to his youth – he wrote these stories in his early to mid twenties. While reading the stories, the aforementioned faults do come to mind, but still it's very bewildering to believe these stories were written by a twenty-something year old. In the very least I would never see these as juvenile error, but more of a writer developing a style . If you are a fan of Pynchon, or not, the stories provide an excellent glimpse into the work and development of Pynchon's writing. I highly recommend "Entropy" as a first story to read.

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