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October Books 8) Vineland

8) Vineland, by Thomas Pynchon

Sorry, this just doesn't do it for me. Writing style too convoluted, characters wacky in a rather uninteresting way, plot non-existent. One or two flashes of good description among the plodding.

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communicator
Oct. 25th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Vineland was where I lost Pynchon. I read it all. I really tried. It's no Gravity's Rainbow.
bellinghman
Oct. 25th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
Exactly my experience.
girfan
Oct. 25th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
Have you read his other books?
nwhyte
Oct. 25th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Only The Crying of Lot 49. Didn't much like it either.
bellinghman
Oct. 25th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Gravity's Rainbow is the work of genius. Or of absolute bloodyminded obsessiveness. Or something. I dearly love that book, though how much of that is due to the age I was when I first read it, I'm unsure.
abigail_n
Oct. 25th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
I tried to read Gravity's Rainbow when I was 20 and bounced off it hard. I still have my copy, and I keep wondering whether I'd do better with it now that I'm older and a better reader.
non_trivial
Oct. 25th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Every time I was ready to throw the book across the room and give up, I found a passage which was pure genius and convinced me to carry on. I don't think I've ever finished a book that frustrated me like Rainbow. I'm not sure I'll ever get round to re-reading it, but sense that I'd get more out of it the second time round.
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