Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me
Fariņa 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, Fariņa is fit to join the company of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon." —San Francisco Chronicle
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Review: Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to MeUser Review - Goodreads
Part fifties campus novel-of-bohemian-manners, part proto-sixties hallucination, Been Down So Long has been on my reading list for about a half century. Probably would have liked it better if I'd read ... Read full review
Review: Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to MeUser Review - Aug Stone - Goodreads
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. JP Donleavy and Thomas Pynchon being my two favourite writers, this novel is a like a perfect cross between the two. A Donleavy-esque comic, picaresque plot, in ... Read full review