Billed as somewhat of a departure from the erudite, postmodern-encyclopedia style with which he made a name for himself, Thomas Pynchon's eighth novel, INHERENT VICE, hangs charmingly and precariously on a noir plot involving a kidnapping schemed up by a femme fatale, told from the perspective of private dick Doc Sportello. Sportello, as the proprietor of LSD Investigations (Location, Surveillance, Detection, that is), prefers to survey the world through the gauzy tint supplied by a nice marijuana buzz. He lurks around Los Angeles circa 1969, bumping into all kinds of shady characters and trotting out an elegantly knotted ****** of psychedelic sub-plots, footnoted paranoia, and conspiratorial allusions to all kinds of culture. Sometimes Doc's trying to get information out of a hustler or a surf-rock sax player. Sometimes he's puzzling the meaning of the Golden Fang--does this mysterious boat really exist, or is it all hype, an elaborate tax shelter or a heroin trafficking ring? Sometimes he's contending with the listlessness left in the wake of the quickly dissipating optimism of the 1960s. Sometimes he's just trying to keep track of his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who's popped back up and gotten him into this whole mess. As he did with his second book, THE CRYING OF LOT 49, Pynchon has once again crafted a complex, beautifully dense book with a mystery (or two, or 20) at its heart that may or may not ultimately be of much importance. Pynchon infuses all this with his particular sense of humor, making this as enjoyable as it is confounding.
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- July 27, 2010
- July 27, 2010
- Thomas Pynchon
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