Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

At this stage of his career, Thomas Pynchon resembles Stanley Kubrick more than he does any living novelist. Like Kubrick, Pynchon is a maverick visionary, a creator of iconic, sometimes inaccessible works of art; famously reclusive and yet the object of a cult-like following; and, like Kubrick, who experimented with various genres, Pynchon has in recent years developed a love of shape-shifting. His 1997 novel Mason & Dixon, set in revolutionary-era America, was written in a pastiche of 18th-century English; after a long silence came Against the Day, in 2006, widely regarded as his most confusing work (many reviewers had a tough time saying what this book was about - anarchists, possibly); and now, only three years later, he gives us, in what is either an act of perversity or a wholly logical development, his most reader-friendly book. A detective novel, no less.

- Aravind Adiga, Times Online

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