Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full ...
Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs ("Floozy with an Uzi"), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and illicit sex (including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in V.).
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Cloth, 385 pp.; 24 cm. Near fine. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Spine slightly rolled at the crown. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket, with a slightly sunned spine (bold & legible titles), protected in a mylar book cover.
Good in good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Green Quarter cloth spine. 385 p. Audience: General/trade. H/C: White/burgundy photo d.j. Book has been inspected for you and has original page count. Clean white no marks endpapers. Authors first book 17 years ago was Gravity's Rainbow. No marks on ooutside book edges.
First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with a little rubbing at the foot. Advance Review Copy with slip laid in. Pynchon's editor Ray Roberts's copy, with his book label on the front pastedown. Roberts was an influential editor with Viking, Henry Holt, and then Little, Brown, and he worked closely with John Fowles, Martha Grimes, Thomas Pynchon, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He began editing Pynchon when the latter went to Little, Brown, starting with this book Slow Learner.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-01-11 Set in Northern California in 1984 and peopled with quirky characters, Pynchon's latest is a series of brilliant set pieces eventually overwhelmed by its own frenzied exuberance. 200,000 first printing. (Feb.)
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