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Against the Day (Paperback)

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The last great Pynchon novel. A massively dense quilt of turn-of-the-century literary and pulp fiction styled vignettes; a hilarious and heartbreaking deconstruction of the American dream in the age of Robber Barons and World Fairs. Against the Day seems unusual for his work in that instead of being obviously rich with vertically organized layers of subtext, this one seems more horizontally crushed with narrative; short story after short story with multiple recurring characters done in diverse writing styles that invoke JulesVerne, H.G. Wells, and any number of dime store novels and penny dreadfuls. Also, for fans who’ve always suspected Pynchon of anarchist leanings, AtD seems to be a much more openly political and sometimes angry novel; more along the lines of Vineland’s bitter critique than the more oblique criticisms of Gravity’s Rainbow. A must read for the initiated.

 

— From Charles

Description


“[Pynchon's] funniest and arguably his most accessible novel.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Raunchy, funny, digressive, brilliant.” —USA Today

“Rich and sweeping, wild and thrilling.” —The Boston Globe

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.

About the Author


Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland , Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

Praise For…


“[Pynchon's] funniest and arguably his most accessible novel.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Those who climb aboard Pynchon's airship will have the ride of their lives. History lesson, mystical quest, utopian dream, experimental metafiction, Marxist melodrama, Marxian comedy—Against the Day is all of these things and more.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Raunchy, funny, digressive, brilliant.” —USA Today

“Rich and sweeping, wild and thrilling.” —The Boston Globe

“Audacious, bodacious, entropic, synoptic, electric, eclectic, entertaining, hyperbraining, high-roller, tripolar.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer


Product Details
ISBN: 9780143112563
ISBN-10: 0143112562
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 30th, 2007
Pages: 1104
Language: English