Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me

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Penguin, 1996 - Fiction - 329 pages
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Fariña 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, Fariña 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  - Marti - Goodreads

I think there is a reason I never heard of this book before. I was expecting an early Fear and Loathing. While the blurbs make this look like a book about the Sixties, it is actually set in 1958 ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Richard Fariña was killed in a motorcycle accident in Carmel, California, on April 30, 1966-two days after the publication of Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. A posthumous collection of his writings, Long Time Coming and a Long Time Gone, was published in 1969.Thomas Pynchon was born in Glen Cove, New York, in 1937. He is the author of The Crying of Lot 49, V., Vineland, Slow Learner, and Mason & Dixon.

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