Thursday, August 6, 2009

Newest Novel from Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon, known for his dense, complex doorstopper novels, has now given us Inherent Vice -- a "hippie whodunit" set at the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in LA and featuring dopers, surfers, bikers, predators, and parasites, drugs and counterfeit money, setups and switchbacks, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang. Doc Sportello, stoned and skeptical and the proprietor and sole employee of LSD Investigations (Location, Surveillance, Detection), gets caught up in a bizarre and tangled kidnapping plot.

Check out the recent reviews of Inherent Vice by Vernon Peterson in The Oregonian and by Micheal Dirda in The Washington Post.

Pynchon's previous books are V. (1963), The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity's Rainbow (1973) - for which he received the National Book Award for Fiction, Slow Learner (1984) - a collection of early stories, Vineland (1990), Mason & Dixon (1997), and Against the Day (2006).

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