If you're willing to forget what "A Pynchon Book" is supposed to be, there's a very good chance you'll like Vineland.
Instead of psychologies, the characters were formed from bits of mythic architecture that got woven into the dense and beautiful prose.
In his intro to Slow Learner, Pynchon mentions how much more important good characters are than clever ideas, and I have to agree.
Living up to Rainbow's Gravity is a herculean effort. But any Pynchon is still a trip and half. Reading him alway requires a commitment but don't expect a neat ending. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for a book club meeting and the other participants and I agreed we liked it but I did not feel all parts of the story were resolved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janis Mcquarrie
decent condition, fast and cheap. Like all things you only get to choose two of three of the following Fast, cheap, good.Published 2 months ago by C. Frazier
This novel is quite an admixture of the awful and the amazing. The latter shows up in Pynchon’s masterful use of our language, which is often wildly poetic when descriptive of both... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kashaknishra
This is a hilarious carnival ride of a book that also happens to be touching, by the time you get to the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gordon E. Anderson
Theft and deception are the hallmarks of fiction. Many novelists resort to inversion. So if the protagonist is male, you can bet the author is female; if young on the page, then... Read morePublished 6 months ago by dogstar
I had postponed reading Vineland for years, believing the grapevine lore that this was a bit of a disappointing bump in the road for Pynchon and quite a drop from the apex of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert J. Silverman
Thomas Pynchon is one of the greatest writers of all time and Vineland is my favourite book. If you like reading while laughing, read this. Read morePublished 14 months ago by mary ann manock