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This is the ultimate novel of college life during the first hallucinatory flowering of what has famously come to be known as The Sixties. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me follows haunted ur-hippy Gnossos Pappadopoulis upon return to his old university town that's just tilting into a new era, and Gnossos' involvement in a swirl of sixties-style drug taking and the search for love and the meaning of it all. It is a hilarious and haunting book.
Richard Fariña was killed in a motorcycle accident in Carmel, California, on April 30, 1966-two days after the publication of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. A posthumous collection of his writings, Long Time Coming and a Long Time Gone, was published in 1969.
Thomas Pynchon was born in Glen Cove, New York, in 1937. He is the author of The Crying of Lot 49, V., Vineland, Slow Learner, and Mason & Dixon, among other novels.
What an incredible loss his accidental death was. I have read this book until I have lost count of how many times. What a treasurePublished 1 month ago by Mule Farm
Gnossos is a mean cat, but the book packs one hell of a punch. Stumbled across it during my freshman year and have been rereading it almost yearly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ann Clark
A romp through college life before the sexual revolution. Everything from Taos to wolves here. The acid generation began with books like this.Published 8 months ago by Rudolph B. Chavez
I have been intrigued for over fifty years now that no one (at least not in my experience) seems to have noticed how blatently Fariña copied (in so much as he could, being... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael P. Kemp
This is one of the seminal books of the sixties and should be required reading for all college students.Published 10 months ago by Timothy James Knab
Read this book when it first came came out, couldn't find it in stores and I had lost my original copy(at least I think I lost it). It may be buried in my basement some where. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter R. Miller