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Any Thomas Pynchon fans about?

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MegBusset Wed 08-Jun-11 16:47:38

I'm rereading V for the first time in 15 years and remembering how much I love it (though not his best I don't think).

So any fans here? Which book do you like best? And who else do you like reading?

swampster Wed 08-Jun-11 23:34:54

I LOVED Gravity's Rainbow about 25 years ago. I think it is waaaaay beyond me now.

The Crying of Lot 49 was very digestible.

Now I like reading things like The Gruffalo, Hairy Maclary and The BFG.

swampster Wed 08-Jun-11 23:35:12

I never managed V.

MyBrainIsOutOfTune Wed 08-Jun-11 23:43:15

I've never read any of his books, but have both V and The Crying of Lot 49 in my to-read pile, and am looking forward to them! Which would you say are the best, if not these?

swampster Wed 08-Jun-11 23:52:36

I found The Crying of Lot 49 very useful when trying to make head or tail of Gravity's Rainbow. Though I never quite managed to.

MegBusset Thu 09-Jun-11 00:25:05

My favourite is Mason & Dixon, I think - though GR is I guess the most famous/analysed. Lot 49 def a good starting point although if you want more of a conventional 'story' (and lots of jokes) then Vineland and Inherent Vice are ace.

MegBusset Thu 09-Jun-11 00:27:18

I think I originally read the older ones in the order CL49, V, GR, Vineland.

CoteDAzur Mon 13-Jun-11 19:24:25

I read Vineland and thought it was the most pointless drivel ever. Should I read another of his books or give up? Is Inherent Vice slightly different in style?

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