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Doc Sportello is bewildered when an ex-girlfriend returns to recruit him in a plot to kidnap a wealthy construction executive. Soon, Sportello finds himself in the midst of a thrilling conspiracy with an undercover cop and a group of dentists who are swindling the IRS.
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    The Crying of Lot 49 de Thomas Pynchon (johnxlibris)
    johnxlibris: Similar feel and locale. Conspiracies abound.
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    The Illuminatus! Trilogy de Robert Shea (Bigrider7)
    Bigrider7: A pair of whimsical books where reality is never quite what it appears, and is much more indiscrete and lacking in continuity than many of us can handle. Secrets about how life operates lurking just beyond the views of perceptions
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    El llarg adeu de Raymond Chandler (LamontCranston)
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    Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Dead Beat: The Harry Fannin Detective Novels de David Markson (bertilak)
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas de Hunter S. Thompson (smichaelwilson)
    smichaelwilson: Both books take a dark yet whimsical journey through the 60s/70s counterculture, and the decay of America's cultural enlightenment.
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Ok, I'd probably read Pynchon's to-do list & find it somehow interesting - based on how much I loved "Gravity's Rainbow", "Mason & Dixon", & "Against the Day". The jacket cover blurb says "In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre".. UH?! Ok, Pynchon didn't write that so let's blame the publicist. What I'm getting at here is that any new Pynchon bk is like water to my internal desert, BUT.. I was lucky to find a used 1st edition hardback of this in a local bkstore whose owners might not even know who Pynchon IS - this, in the yr it was published. Score! I met a teacher recently who didn't know Pynchon & THAT shocked me!

HOWEVER, this is about as far from "working in an unaccustomed genre" as Pynchon can get. Shit! It's the 1st time I've read a Pynchon where I was reminded of Philip K. Dick & Rudy Rucker (maybe even Richard Brautigan), where I was reminded of the movie "The Big Lebowski" & where I wondered whether Pynchon hadn't written it wondering why the fuck nobody's made a movie out of any of his bks yet (have they?). It was like his "Vineland" in the sense that there's the interplay between cops & snitches, it was like most Pynchon bks w/ its complex intrigue, it was like "The Crying of Lot 49" w/ its social milieu. Shit, it was like Pynchon turning his own works into a Pynchon genre.

NONETHELESS, I'm delighted he wrote it! EVEN THOUGH I PREFER THE EPICS THAT AREN'T SO EASILY CLASSIFIABLE. After all, this is classic pulp crime fiction updated from the '30s & '40s to the end of the '60s. The PI smokes pot & takes LSD instead of drinking himself to near death & getting slipped Mickeys in the form of pills. PCP? Maybe. Pills? Nah.. Pynchon is very deliberately updating the genre here (just as some movies have done before him) & that, alone, is enuf to make Pynchon-&-pulp enthusiasts delighted.

The ultimate relief here is that Pynchon isn't dead yet. When he stops writing bks there'll be a sadness - not just the sadness that he's dead, but also the sadness that we, his readers, won't have the thrill of reading a new one! ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
I'm calling this read, even though I'm only 10% done (according to Kindle). I feel like I'm missing something. Dense is one way to describe the writing, inaccessible and nonsensical is another way. If I'm going to work this hard at a book, I need to give more of a shit about the characters and storyline. I just don't care enough to push though. ( )
  Venarain | Jan 10, 2022 |
A smart and funny book that examines the cultural sea change transpiring in the early '70s through the lens of a hard-boiled detective story (albeit a Lebowski-esque pot-fueled PI). Probably worth a second read to better understand the way in which Pynchon is using motifs and themes of fog, drug trips, lost civilizations, and reincarnation/undeath among others to represent the waves and interplay of countercultural revolution and reactionary backlash. If you liked Vineland, this book mines similar territory but from the vantage point of LA and the year 1970.

Half the fun of the book is the vivid and oft-absurd way Pynchon portrays the strange and crazy world of surfers, potheads, musicians, LAPD, and ex-cons that populate his novel. ( )
  stevepilsner | Jan 3, 2022 |
I can now say I've finished a Pynchon, my two previous efforts stalled 2/3rds way in (Vineland) and page 10 (Gravity's Rainbow).Granted it's Pynchon-lite and has as much in common with Raymond Chandler as his previous work. Nevertheless his obsession with the '60s is still there. I was able to follow the plot (a surprise!) though it careened around a bit. He has a whip-smart ability to render exchanges aswell as being as streetwise as, say, James Ellroy. Doubtless some will miss the erudition but it is chock-full of pop culture references (about half of which I get). His ideal reader though is probably an American of 60-plus years. Nonetheless, I will try him again with something else. ( )
  Kevinred | May 13, 2021 |
Normally I hate loopy comparisons, but the only way I can describe this book is that it's the hardboiled detective noir of The Maltese Falcon plus the absurd goofiness of The Big Lebowski plus the copious drug use of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Pynchon is always stereotyped as a Difficult Author who writes Long and Complicated Literature, but one thing I've always loved about him is just how funny he is, even when he's writing about medieval postal conspiracies (The Crying of Lot 49), impossibly weird V2 rocket cartels (Gravity's Rainbow), or 18th century surveying controversies (Mason & Dixon). Inherent Vice is a sort of parody of detective fiction - I haven't read that much of the classic 30s-era detective stuff, but Pynchon hilariously spoofs the endless double-crosses and plot twists of the whodunit genre by wrapping the predictably unpredictable left turns in a very funny nostalgia trip for the late-60s/early-70s California surfer scene that's as much about the constantly high main character and his stoner buddies as it is about the murder mystery they're trying to solve, escape, or just ignore when the late-night cartoon marathons hit the airwaves. This might be the most normal (i.e., least insane) book he's ever written, but it was also one of the most immediately satisfying. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
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Both shorter and easier to read than any of Pynchon’s previous novels apart from The Crying of Lot 49, Inherent Vice gives the impression of having been easier to write, too. It’s less than three years since Against the Day was published, compared to the 17 that passed between Gravity’s Rainbow and Vineland. That may be one reason why, characteristically hilarious and thought-provoking though it is, Inherent Vice lacks much of the menace and the passion of its predecessors.
 
Inherent Vice once again delivers the trademark rollicking with-it-ness of an author who doesn’t create fantasy worlds so much as show us our own world at its most fantastic. This time, however, it’s mostly for fun, a high-five for those who were there then, a glimpse into the groove of it all for those who otherwise can only daydream while sampling what Burbank hath bequeathed, whether Adam-12 re-runs, or those Warners/Reprise samplers on used vinyl.
 
Inherent Vice is by far the least puzzling Pynchon book to enter our airspace: a goof on the Los Angeles noir, starring a chronically stoned PI with a psychedelic wardrobe and a hankering for pizza. At fewer than four hundred pages, it’s also the shortest Pynchon novel to appear since Vineland (1990); you could almost recommend it to your book club, or to your kids, if they still read books.
afegit per Shortride | editaBookforum, Paul La Farge (Sep 1, 2009)
 
Ultimately – perhaps regrettably – Inherent Vice is a wash. Depending on your angle, it’s either a breezy Something that looks like an airy Nothing, or vice versa.
 
In his zany new novel, Inherent Vice, Pynchon goes to the Golden State again, tunneling back to the early 1970s, to paint a nostalgic portrait of a fictional beach town north of LA. Here, the counterculture has lost out to the forces of control, governmental power and, well, sobriety.
afegit per Shortride | editaThe Dallas Morning News, John Freeman (Aug 23, 2009)
 

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The clock up on the wall, which reminded Doc of elementary school back in San Joaquin, read some hour that it could not possibly be. Doc waited for the hands to move, but they didn't, from which he deduced that the clock ws broken and maybe had been for years. Which was groovy however because long ago Sortilège had taught him the esoteric skill of telling time from a broken clock. The first thing you had to do was light a joint, which in the Hall of Justice might seem odd, but surely not way back here--who knew, maybe even outside the jurisdiction of local drug enforcement--though just to be on the safe side he also lit a De Nobili cigar and filled the room with a precautionary cloud of smoke from the classic Mafia favorite. After inhaling posmoke for a while, he glanced up at the clock, and sure enough, it showed a different time now, though this could also be from Doc having forgotten where the hands were to begin with. (p.282-283)
The bars hadn't closed yet, and Denis didn't seem to be home. Keeping an ear out for funseekers in the vicinity, Doc brought the carton with the heroin inside it down into the remains of Denis's living room and hid it behind a section of collapsed ciling, draping the giant plastic rag of what had been Chico's water bed over it. Only then did he happen to notice that the carton he'd pulled out of that dumpster in the dark had once helf a twenty-five-inch color TV set, a detail he had no cause to think about till next day when he dropped in on Denis about luchtime and found him sitting, to all appearances serious and attentive, in front of the professionally packaged heroin, now out of its box, and staring at it, as it turned out he'd been doing for some time.

"It said on the box it was a television set," Denis explained.

"And you couldn't resist. Didn't you check first to see if there was something you could plug in?"

"Well I couldn't find any power cord, man, but I figured it could be some new type of set you didn't need one?"

"Uh huh and what . . ." why was he pursuing this? "were you watching, when I came in?"

"See, my theory is, is it's one of those educational channels? A little slow maybe, but no worse than high school . . ."

"Yes Denis thanks, I will just have a hit off of that if you don't mind. . . ."

"And dig it, Doc, if you watch long enough . . . see how it begins to sort of . . . change?"

Alarmingly, Doc after a minute or two did find minute modulations of color and light intensity beginning to appear among the tightly taped layers of plastic. He sat down next to Denis, and they passed the roach back and forth, eyes glued to the package. Jade/Ashley showed up with a giant Thermos full of Orange Julius and paper cups and a bag of Cheetos.

"Lunch," she greeted them, "and color-coordinated, too, and-- Whoa, what the fuck is that, it looks like smack."

"Nah," said Denis, "I think it's like a . . . documentary?"

They all sat there in a row, sipping, crunching, and gazing. Finally Doc tore himself away. "I hate to be the bad guy, but I've got to do a repo on this?"

"Just till this part's over?"

"Till we see what happens," added Jade.

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Doc Sportello is bewildered when an ex-girlfriend returns to recruit him in a plot to kidnap a wealthy construction executive. Soon, Sportello finds himself in the midst of a thrilling conspiracy with an undercover cop and a group of dentists who are swindling the IRS.

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