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Inherent Vice (Reprint) (Paperback)

Inherent Vice (Reprint) (Paperback)
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  • Book Subgenre: Types of Characters, Politics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior, General, Literary
  • Language: english
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: paperback
  • Book Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes

Reviewer: Laura Miller, (Salon)

"Hard-boiled detective fiction may not seem like the ideal vehicle for the often cryptic style and subject matter of Thomas Pynchon, but his newest novel proves otherwise....Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of "Inherent Vice" is that, while a few key elements of this baroque construction go unaccounted for, a surprising number of plot strands are more or less neatly tied up by the novel's end. The story isn't easy to follow, but it can be followed...."

Reviewer: Richard Eder, (Boston Globe)

"[Pynchon] writes with a rich mastery of the era's detail: rock groups now forgotten, odd hangouts (a Japanese greasy spoon that offers the best Swedish pancakes in Los Angeles), surfing, motorcycle brands, and the generosity of forbearance among the '60s generation."

Reviewer: Michiko Kakutani, (New York Times)

"INHERENT VICE not only reminds us how rooted Mr. Pynchon's authorial vision is in the '60s and '70s, but it also demystifies his work, underscoring the similarities that his narratives--which mix high and low cultural allusions, silly pranks and gnomic historical references, mischievous puns, surreal dreamlike sequences and a playful sense of the absurd--share with the work of artists like Bob Dylan, Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac and even Richard Brautigan."

Reviewer: Alan Cheuse, (National Public Radio)

"[A] deliciously composed dark comedy....charming and pleasing."

Reviewer: Louis Menard, (New Yorker)

"[S]elf-consciously laid-back and funky....a slightly spoofy take on hardboiled crime fiction....Pynchon's capacity for goofball invention is limitless."