I once said that reading Against the Day was less like reading a book than reading a chunk of a river, and I stand by that. I suppose these books are equally immersive, equally replete with paranoia and feverish rambling and myriad in-and-out characters and unexpected song breaks and punning turned into high art this one has a titty bar called Joie de Beavre, to give just one shining example. But while his historical epics flout all traditional novelistic conventions by blowing them completely on their ass, the modernist novels do it in a different way, one mostly of caricaturization. I have been summarily corrected! What is actually in this book, you ask? Well, for once the back-cover blurb is pretty well done, if you want to go ahead and read that.
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Writer Michael Chabon delivers a wonderful, insightful review of Bleeding Edge. Incompleteness is the inherent vice of paranoid theories of history, the limitation of such theories that Pynchon has always freely acknowledged. From V. Pynchon, and a Must Read! Pynchon understands that in the future there will be no secrets, no hidden complots — everything will be aired and any second life, whether in the cloud or in the firmament, will be despoiled or denied us.
Adult sanity, then, must depend not on the lives we make online, but on the lives we make off it — our kids — on how we love them, and how we raise them, and the virtues and good-taste imperatives we pass on to them from our progenitors.
Like Michael Chabon, Lethem gets it! He spoils us with descriptive flights. One has the sense of her deciding roughly at Page 2 whether or not a book is worthy; reading the rest of it to gather evidence for her case; spending some quality time with the Thesaurus; and then taking a large blunt hammer and pounding the message home. If a page already exists, please modify that one. When creating a new page, if its information pertains to one and only one specific Pynchon novel, please categorize it with the appropriate identifier.
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Plot summary[ edit ] The often surreal and dream-logic plot of the novel opens on the first day of spring , with Maxine Tarnow walking her two sons to school before going to work. Maxine, ex certified fraud examiner , is approached by Reg Despard regarding suspicious goings-on at hashslingrz, a computer security firm run by Gabriel Ice. She finds much of their financial numbers fail basic plausibility statistics, and notices large payments going to a now defunct website. She talks to an ex-temp for that site, learns they have strong Arab connections and move large sums of money through hawala , and notices she is being tailed afterwards. Mysterious government heavy Nicholas Windust puts pressure on Maxine, asking her to pump her Israeli brother-in-law for information regarding Mossad hacking methods. Tallis does admit to having concerns, but is unwilling to allow any auditing.
Thomas Pynchon: Neuer Roman Bleeding Edge