Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me

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Penguin, 1996 - Fiction - 329 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Fariņa died just after this, his first novel, came out. Rather than be part of our culture's lamentable tendency to aggrandize those who've prematurely passed, I'd like to say this is an enormously ... Read full review

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Richard Fariņa 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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