Been down so long it looks like up to me

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Random House, 1966 - Fiction - 329 pages
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Farintilde;a evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering-among other things-mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth. A portrait of an explosive decade, sparkling with inventive writing and conveying the essence of a generation, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, as Thomas Pynchon writes in the introduction, "comes on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch." "A marvelous storyteller, Farintilde;a is fit to join the company of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon." -San Francisco Chronicle

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User Review  - Toby - Goodreads

This is one of my favorite books, yea it was a first novel with issues, and we were denied the chance for more from Farina. It captures a moment in our past, and in my past as I grew up in the locale ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dr.excelsior - Goodreads

When I read the book first I loved it - unsurprising since I am an unreconstructed beatnik. It has a wonderful tinge of Jean Shepherd's night people about it, the clinging to the wierdness of kidhood ... Read full review


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