Pynchon Unleashed!

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Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day is now out in the world, and the opinions are flying. I like best those who simply attempt to figure out what he’s up to, rather than passing judgment and giving a grade. Some links:

Wiki on ATD

Review by John Leonard in The Nation

Review by Chris Sorrentino in the LA Times.

Update:  I’m about 200 pages into the book, and so far at least I find the story-telling more straightforward than I was expecting from many reviews.  Yes, there are plenty of characters, but things transition along pretty nicely, and often several chapters in a row stick with the same characters.  What it all means it’s too soon to say; certainly there are plenty of passages that seem to be commenting on the current day while being nominally set in the past.

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