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Vineland Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube Here, in an Orwellian , Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie s long lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs Floozy with an Uzi , movie spoofs Pee wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story , and illicit sex including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in VFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators

10 thoughts on “Vineland

  1. says:

    Vineland is downplayed by Pynchon fans and completely ignored by curious newbies, who tend to pass over it in favour either of the big game status of one of his doorstop meganovels, or of the appealing slenderness of The Crying of Lot 49 Shame All his gifts and his mysteries are on display here, wrapped up in one of his most enjoyable, inexplicable, and lushly all enveloping plots Rereading it now, I mconvinced than ever t

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    So when you think of Pynchon you think of serious work, right And trudgery and difficulty and obfuscation and pedanticism, and like this dizzying thing that just makes you feel unintellectual and slow for never being able to catch up, right Well if that is the case, you have never readVinelandBecause oh my god This book is so fucking good.I m not going to try to summarize or anything, because this book is too sprawling and r

  3. says:

    This is without a doubt one of the most insane books ever written, even by Pynchon s standards this is something else, the characters are bonkers, the story if you could call it that is nuts , not a lot makes sense, the writing feels schizophrenic, there are moments that could have come from things such as, James Bond, Tarantino, Asian ninja flicks, cartoons, the hippie movement, 80 s action B movies, spirituality and a whole

  4. says:

    The novel transports him back to California, the country he has often visited, even lived in, but which still seems like a dream, everything too vivid, too distinct, too much to be real, the Pacific viewed from halfway up a mountain, separated into bands progressing from aquamarine to eggshell, sea transformed into sky in a series of gradations as precise as the steps in a theorem, the ever present background hum of violence o

  5. says:

    Pynchon s most underrated, I think a bighearted, funky read a worthy 3rd V book.

  6. says:

    everybody s a hero at least once, maybe your chance hasn t come up yet Thomas Pynchon, Vineland I first read Vineland about 25 years It was my sopho year in college I was idealistic and I met this guy in the college bookstore named Thomas Pynchon Since it was my FIRST or was The Crying of Lot 49 my first Pynchon, I think I missed waythan I gained except for the desire for MORE Pynchon Looking back now, Pynchon for me starts to d

  7. says:

    Everybody always told me Vineland was Pynchon s worst effort what No way no how, brothers and sisters, this here is an endless DNA chain or like Russian doll of embedded story after story descending and re emerging through various strata of narratorial layers, pop culture send ups, genre parodies, all funny as hell and twisted and ridiculous while also extremely smart and painted with mind tweaking flights down and up imaginative

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    If Three Should Be FiveI first readVinelandsome time in the 90 s Based on an imperfect recollection of it, I rated it three stars when I joined GoodReads I ve raised my rating to five stars, partly because of how much fun I had reading it a second time.I can t think of a better novel to read between now and when we emerge safely into the Post Trump era Reprise and ForeshadowVinelandreprises the longing and quest for an absent woma

  9. says:

    I don t usually finish a book and start a review in the same breath But I also don t usually allow myself to readthan one of an author s works within a calendar year many books, little time, etc though of course Stephen King would be this year s other exception because the Tower, all things yield to it T Ruggs, you magnificant bastard, I hope you know how many personal rules I m violating because you re the first time since auspici

  10. says:

    Pynchonian zaniness fibrous nutrition at the sentence level fun to read hermeneutical political leaving plenty of lacunae in immediate comprehension to commit intellectual effervescence, not to mention I m of an age to not to have to look up most of the cultural references.

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