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Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon
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Jun 02, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: completed
Recommended for: people who love Thomas Pynchon
Read in September, 2007

As the title suggests, this is a collection of Thomas Pynchon's very early stories.

Not is best work, but it isn't really supposed to be. This collection is supposed to show his growth as a writer, and it does. Having read most of his other stuff, it was nice to see some of his characters "born" in these early stories. The segment "Under the Rose" actually re-appears, cleaned up and edited, as a major chapter in his novel "V."

This book is not a good place to start for Pynchon newbies. Once you've got a few of his books under your belt, though, it's interesting to read these stories and see how it all started...

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