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Against the Day

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Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, "Against the Day" moves from the labor troubles in ... Show synopsis

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  • Against the Day (Jonathan Cape Ltd) – Hardcover (2006)
    by Thomas Pynchon

    Against the Day

    Hardcover, Jonathan Cape Ltd
    2006
    1,104 pages

    ISBN: 0224080954
    ISBN-13: 9780224080958

    Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, "Against the Day" moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the revolution, Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained ... Show more

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db25

Pynchon begets Pynchon...

by db25 on Mar 20, 2008

Thomas Pynchon's first book in almost 10 years is...what we've come to expect. Against the Day is a sprawling narrative that includes over 100 characters and covers time travel, advanced mathematics, mining sabotage, a gang of boy scout-like zeppelin-riders, and much more. It's dense and convoluted, just like everything Pynchon has ever written, but this feels different. He's more settled in this novel, maybe due to his age, but the plot feels more like a regular book than a typical Pynchon head-spinner. His characters are as rich and colorful as ever, breaking into song for no reason, walking through walls that aren't really there, performing complex zeta-functions on the bottom of beer bottles...you get the idea. While anyone discovering Pynchon should start with The Crying of Lot 49, this is a welcome addition to his catalog.

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db25

i mean...

really, we're just seeing repeats of the same thing, right? does anyone think pynchon is really improving, or even that he was ever that good to begin with?

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