Against the Day

Against the Day

Book - 2006
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The inimitable Thomas Pynchon has done it again. Hailed as "a major work of art" by The Wall Street Journal , his first novel in almost ten years spans the era between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I and moves among locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all). With a phantasmagoria of characters and a kaleidoscopic plot, Against the Day confronts a world of impending disaster, unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places and still manages to be hilarious, moving, profound, and so much more.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780143112563
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 1085 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 23, 2015

Is the reclusive Thomas Pynchon our greatest living writer? No, that would be Philip Roth. He may be the most virtuosic and challenging though, with both his masterpiece "Gravity's Rainbow" and his historical novel "Mason & Dixon" among the most difficult books I've ever read. His 2006 opus, "Against the Day", is his longest (the hardcover runs 1,085 pages), yet it's surprisingly accessible; well, as accessible as a thousand page book that moves freely though time, geography, and history can be. This book has it all: airships, science, wars, politics, sex, Tesla, religion, songs, history, technology, the Chicago World's Fair, Bela Lugosi, Madame Blavatsky, sentences, big words, the labor movement, spies. . .It doesn't necessarily have the most coherent narrative and though I just read it, I can't really tell you what is was about. Along with "Inherent Vice" and "Bleeding Edge," it does seem to find late Pynchon in a more user friendly mode, although that should be taken with a grain of salt. It is impressive and highly ambitious, but I'm not sure how good it is.


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