Mason & Dixon: A Novel

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St Martins Press, Jan 3, 2004 - Fiction - 784 pages
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Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, and major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatched pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.

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Takes a bit of getting into with the style of writing. - Goodreads
Gorgeous writing and an enjoyable read. - Goodreads
Pynchon is an amazing writer. - Goodreads
I've finally finished re-reading the ending. - Goodreads
Possibly the pinnacle of writing. - Goodreads

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third time through. love it more each time. Read full review

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(Recc by Howard and previously Adam) I have a feeling Imma just drop this book. Read full review

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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner (a collection of stories), and Vineland. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974. He lives in New York.

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