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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Paperback – September 1, 1997
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About the Author
Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
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Compared to Pynchon's first three classics (V, CL49, Gravity's Rainbow), Vineland is a relatively simple read, but no less intriguing. Pynchon's hallmarks of Dickensian character names, a big conspiracy, and grotesque content masked with cornball, slapstick humor are there. Vineland is a fully realized Pynchon novel, but you just don't need a companion encyclopedia at hand to suss out obscure references like you do with Gravity's Rainbow or even the brief but VERY dense 200 pages of Crying of Lot 49.
You now have the first chapter of Vineland and it just gets stranger from there. And, this is Pynchon's most understandable and easily read effort to this point in his published career.
Never fear though. He doesn't cross every "t" or dot every "i" or really let you know for sure where he's going or what he's going to do once he gets there. If you figure that out on your own, that's fine. If not, that's fine, too.
If you've wondered what the fuss is about Pynchon, this is a good place to start figuring it out. Vineland is equipped with literary training wheels, so hop on and start pedaling.