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Bleeding Edge Hardcover – 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; 1st edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224099027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224099028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,345,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Mccaffrey on October 20, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it right after finishing Against The Day. I feel that there are very few authors today who write as well as Pynchon. He uses metaphor beautifully, which few writers today do. This book contains a few of his wonderful long wild Faulkner-Kerouac-Coltraneish sentences (check out pages 311-312 in the hardcover edition)and great place descriptions. I wonder if "DeepArcher" is not in part an allusion to Lew Archer, the (anti) hero of Ross MacDonald's wonderful series of detective novels. I think that maybe this book needs to be approached as you approach those novels- not all of the plot twists themselves are so important, rather they serve as a frame for mood, description, language and characterization. (Here I need to give a plug to "The Doomsters" and "Black Money", in my opinion MacDonald's greatest books and a must reads for anyone interested in American literature.)I disagree with those who say that Pynchon's writing has not evolved. His early work saw characters as confluences of historical forces which I feel made his work kind of "chilly", however beginning with "Vineland" he still places his characters in a historical context but there is more of a traditional sense of characterization, I think. Maxine is a fully drawn, living character. I feel that this lends more depth and warmth to his work. Finally, as one who was living in the New York City area on 9/11, I feel that I can say that Pynchon's description of that time is completely accurate and describes the tragedy of that time in a very real, non-sensationalized way.
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the writing swings, rollicks, rolls, is darkly humorous and lacks nothing of Pynchon's normal brilliance. The story takes us back to the post dot-com bubble and for the main portion exists in that pre-9/11 world that seems so distant now. Fresh and lively, a pleasure to sit down with
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By JB on October 23, 2013
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Oh, man, what a disappointment. Inherent Vice was accurately dismissed as 'Pynchon Lite'; Bleeding Edge can be disregarded as Virtual Pynchon: looks like the real thing but has no soul. All of his trademark elements - paranoia, wacky names, conspiracies and subconspiracies, acronyms, lefty politics, drug use - are present in spades. What's missing are compelling characters, a narrative, a purpose, something to say. What's worse, this is an incredibly unfunny book. Pynchon seems more interested in demonstrating how hip he still is (do we really want grandpa name-checking Bad Brains and the Bunnymen?) than developing a plot. Pynchon's heroes and villains are always cartoonish, but in this novel the schtick-factor is relentlessly tiresome. Nearly every sentence of dialogue is meant to be a punch line. The characters, regardless of sex or age, all sound alike, dropping unhilarious bugs bunnyisms in the exact same voice. Instead of getting on with the story, Pynchon simply adds new boring characters with each chapter, until the book is crammed with wise-crackin' geeks, freaks and sneaks, none of whom have anything to say. What comes through most strongly is Pynchon's glowering contempt - for modern NYC, the government, techno-society - basically everything. It's upsetting, and a bit insulting for his readers, for this author to waste his gifts on what is essentially a lengthy hate letter disguised as a 'comedic' detective story.

It is interesting how authors of Pynchon's vintage, say Roth, DeLillo, Barth, are unable to write from a woman's perspective. The book's protagonist, Maxine, is basically a middle-aged NY yenta version of Doc Sportello or Zoyd Wheeler.
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maybe it's because i lived on the upper west side for 10 years, and i was in the computer industry from the early 1980s through the years covered in the text, plus i'm jewish. i didn't believe in this book, like i did V or the crying of lot 49, or even inherent vice. there are patches of the text that are pure pynchon, and it has a sweetness to it at times -- the nicely coupled opening and closing sets. but i never for once imagined the character was actually living in the world, and it lacks the literary depth of gravity's rainbow or mason and dixon, which in opinion are both stunning works of art. i felt inherent vice could have easily been tacked on to against the day, and so this could as well. it seems to complete a historical sweep that i've never and never will have the time to work through in the entire set of pynchon's writing. andrew sarris the film critic in his auteur theory of filmmaking claimed a mediocre film by bergman is better than a great film by a director who has no real body of work. i would never ignore a book by pynchon. i was in my late teens when i picked up V. and he has defined my life in a sense by his magnificent work. i am always grateful for yet another book by pynchon, but of all his books, including vineland, i found this one the most in need of an auteur's theory. this is very accessible compared to gavity's rainbow, or even against the day, but if you haven't read pynchon at all, i would start with either inherent vice or the crying of lot 49. but his real masterpieces are gravity's rainbow, mason and dixon, V. and against the day. still, there are passages and set pieces in this that are worth the price of admission.
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