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Anyone here a fan? Is there a good book of his to start with?
Probably start there. The others are extremely dense undertakings. I don't know about anyone else but Gravity's Rainbow and especially Mason & Dixon took a few false starts before I got through them. Worth it though. Incredible stuff.
on the third try. abandoned the book the first two times but the third time i stuck with it. it was good (i didn't cry) would recommend
depends what you want really. if you want something vaguely approachable, go for the Crying of Lot 49. it's only 100 pages or so. or maybeVineland, Inherent Vice, or Bleeding Edge. all very entertaining and have a lot of typical Pynchon themes, motifs, etc.
if you want a something insane and unapproachable and possibly the greatest work in the English Language go for Gravity's Rainbow. it's the first one I read.
In 1974, the fiction jury unanimously recommended Gravity’s Rainbow for the Pulitzer Prize; however, the Pulitzer board vetoed this decision, calling the book "unreadable," "turgid," "overwritten," and, in parts, "obscene."
Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Newsom, music by Jonny Greenwood.
It'll be good, is what I'm saying.
Very pleased to have a new Paul Thomas Anderson film at the end of the year
but just can't get that excited about this. book was fine, but
yeah I agree anyway
I liked the book. I like PTA. but if you're going adapt Pynchon, it seems like the least interesting one to do? possibly the only one that would be actually possible to turn into a coherent film thouhg?
or an even more incredible 2-hour anime done in the style of xavier: renegade angel, starring xavier as slothrop
against the day could be a stunning tv series
crying of lot 49 could and should be filmed fairly easily and would make for a great feature-length
I'm putting you in charge, LT.
I'll be in that British Invasion band. PM me when it's my scene
you can be Miles. at one point he says "I have a smooth young body. I thought you older chicks went for that". I can well imagine those words tumbling from your lips, ohgood
picked up Inherent Vice in preparation (also re-watched Punch Drunk Love recently -- enjoyed that more than I ever have the other times I watched it, it's a real achievement).
Against The Day is my second-favourite book ever written and is almost GR's equal - less intense but even more sprawling and playful; it also contains a great deal more hope
First time around I was about 20 or 21 and I abandoned it lovingly after 10 pages because I wasn't really in the right place for reading books (being as I was amidst an English Lit degree) - I did very much enjoy those 10 pages though
Second time is well-documented here: about 1.5 years ago, got into it fairly easily despite the need for an occasional double/triple take, took me 3 or 4 months, gradually accelerating as the book deepened. It's a rare example of a novel that just keeps getting better and better - intensities unimaginable earlier on. I think the hot-air balloon sequence is when I first realised "yes, I'm fucking finishing this magnificent bastard :D"
the pynchon-ness doesn't really get going til a couple hundred pages in
or read Mason and Dixon for the first time?
feel as though I'd get quite a lot of rereading Gravity's Rainbow, having read loads about it, and having read other books by him, but then again why not read something I haven't read.
what a dilemma
Still fucking awesome, in fact, but muuuuuch more episodic than the other epics - much more a sequence of brilliant vignettes than a reflexively intensifying narrative. The conveyance is America and its Creation, with perhaps Science and ITS Creation on sidesaddle, and all are served magnificently, but don't expect white-knuckle metanarratives on a particularly grand scale. Of course, it may be this disjointed agglomeration of parts that so brilliantly conveys the madness of modernity, and of course, the central characters are as strong and charming as any Pynchon has written - they are the constant throughout - hence, a streak of humanism prevails amidst the chaos
The warmth of the characters of Mason and Dixon ground the whole story even when the individual events are utterly absurd.
I found the last 200 pages or so (from the point they finally finish up in America to the final transit and beyond) incredibly affecting as they come to realise what their relationship has been worth to each other over the years.
Also, sentient mechanical duck.
surprisingly accessible (given that how it's written initially seems quite daunting); and then surprisingly deep and just laden with detail. I reckon that it'd make an absolutely perfect HBO series or something (but I want to somehow find myself in the position to direct it).
Allow me to spam a little blog I did about it -- http://thechannelcircle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/epilogue-1.html
And my track 'Saint Helena' is also inspired by a chapter in the novel set in that place. Some really beautiful, ghostly, strange imagery was conjured up in my mind by that particular chapter.
don't want to let HBO win the inevitable bidding war so easily
If i'm gonna plough on with that should I just read GR instead?
(though I didn't myself)
structurally it's similar (thematically too, but GR takes those ideas further), but easier to process, in a way that could probably get you used to Gravity's Rainbow's sort of 'rhythm'.
It's wonderfully funny in places, and really helps get you into the right mindset for taking on one of his more epic novels like Gravity's Rainbow.