Re: RARA-AVIS: INHERENT VICE: A Report from the Trenches

From: Stephen Burridge (
Date: 22 Aug 2009

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    I haven't read "Inherent Vice", and I haven't read all of Pynchon's other work, but in general I think you are more likely to enjoy his writing if you like the humour. Also his books tend to be far from tightly plotted, quite discursive and prone to going off on tangents. And various elements of the historical settings in his other books are obviously not historically absolutely accurate. The "spirit of the times and place" is, I think, an important part of what he writes about.

    Fwiw, Stephen

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