RARA-AVIS: Re: "Inherent Vice" and Other Pynchon novels

From: wamartin2@verizon.net
Date: 28 Aug 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Jack Bludis <buildsnburns@...> wrote:
    > I wanted to like this book, intended to like this book, and thought I would like this book, but I reached the end of Chapter Eleven and gave up. I wanted to give up earlier.
    > Jack Bludis

    ----------I've noticed most posts in this group have slammed INHERENT VICE but I have to admit to liking it alot. I guess I've read hundreds of PI novels and hundreds of stories in the pulps and this novel fits right in with the best. Not only is it an excellent PI novel but it is also a very interesting portrait of the doper society in the 1960's. I sometimes wonder how I lived through that decade and Pynchon's novel reminded me of many of the funnier aspects of the drug culture. And funny is a key word because I found it to be very witty and a fine comedy. I see it as a success but I can understand other readers not liking it.

    ----Walker Martin.

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