Against the Day

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Penguin, Jun 13, 2012 - Fiction - 1584 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Yearáááá

Spanning the era between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, and constantly moving between locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all), Against the Day unfolds with a phantasmagoria of characters that includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, drug enthusiasts, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, spies, and hired guns. As an era of uncertainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it’s their lives that pursue them.
 

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Challenging and Rewarding

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This like any Pynchon book is both challenging and rewarding. The novel really defies description as it encapsulates all diverse aspects of humanity. Not a beach read Read full review

AGAINST THE DAY

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Pynchon (Mason & Dixon ) has once again produced a work of note. His portrait of a sizable number of characters living in the volatile period from 1893 to post-World War I is equally epic and surreal ... 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 short stories, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, and, most recently, Inherent Vice. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.

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