Inherent Vice

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Penguin, Jun 13, 2012 - Fiction - 431 pages
Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon--Private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there.

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.
 

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“. . . yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only ... Read full review

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It's a fun premise—hardboiled noir set in the psychedelic beach-stoner California of the early 70s—but it ends up being pretty thin stuff, thinner than, for instance, the mere two hours of The Big ... Read full review

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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49Gravity’s RainbowSlow Learner, a collection of short stories, VinelandMason & DixonAgainst the DayInherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.

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