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Looking to add 42 CDs to your collection in one fell swoop? Possessed of 54 hours of free time that desperately need to be filled? Look no further than this audiobook of Pynchon's latest literary behemoth, a product so ridiculously outsized it deserves a Pynchon book of its own to celebrate it. Hill is to be commended for making his way through the 1,100 pages of Pynchon's novel, traipsing all the way from the union-busting American West of the 1880s to the WWI-era Balkans, shifting accents and deliveries with aplomb along the way. While it is hard to imagine anyone mustering the energy to listen to all of Pynchon's admittedly brilliant late career masterpiece, Hill admirably meets the challenge, although he occasionally makes the mistake of emphasizing the book's comedy over its deep moral and intellectual seriousness. At 54.5 hours long, though, a little extra comedy is probably a necessary accoutrement.
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The Seattle Times sums up critical reaction to Against the Day best: "Like Bruegel's painting 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,' this is a portrait of mankind's attempt to transcend our mortalityor at least push up against its very edge." Thomas Pynchon's previous novels, including V., The Crying of Lot 49,and Gravity's Rainbow, tested boundaries as wellnot only of our own human understanding but of the fiction craft itself. This newest offering contains familiar elementsa whimsical humor, an erudite intellect, leftist ideals, and a sense of historical logic. Despite its magnificence, however, Against the Day tested most reviewers' patience (especially Michiko Kakutani's). The novel's length, digressions, and intellectual complexity will not please everyone, but those who stick with it are, well, probably smarter than the rest of us.
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Anything Pynchon writes is superb. This novel, though, was a pastiche of brilliant ideas and paragraphs without a compelling narrative.Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Sullivan
Phew, finally finished all ~1100 pages of it. From the man widely considered the best of the big, sprawling novelists comes this; his biggest most sprawlingest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jafrank
I first read Gravity's Rainbow 20 years ago, and while I found it a little frustrating at the time, I've re-read parts of it many times since, and I have a number of favorite parts... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cheryl
Not what I was looking for...priced right. Donated to library...nothing wasted...Published 6 months ago by GoodMorningx4
Even after 1104 pages of some of the best of Pynchon's signature broad historical and emotional turmoil and phantasm, I was sad to see this end. More, please.Published 6 months ago by Waterman
As the novel's Rev. Moss Gatlin calmly speaks, "the best disguise is no disguise." But is that allusive remark Pynchon's way of relieving any worry over a busier, longer GRAVITY'S... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny Blaze
Having known since college days that any postmodern intellectual must some day master Pynchon and having Against The Day (given to me as a gift) staring at me unopened from my... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ham