The most recent book I almost finished but didn't was Thomas Pynchon's Vineland.
I'd read both V
and Gravity's Rainbow
twice (extraordinary books both) but Vineland
didn't grab me the way its two predecessors did.
I have another fat Pynchon tome waiting in the wings. I bought The Mason-Dixon Line
on a whim at a book launch where they had been serving white wine but I don't hold out much hope for it.
Pynchon is my favourite author, and I've read everything he has written.Mason & Dixon
is such a beautiful book. Full of some of Pynchon's best prose and descriptions. Read the first few pages and savour
it! If you like Gravity's Rainbow, it will hopefully resonate with you. Think of the description of the parabola of a thrown snowball as a great in-joke
My personal favourite Pynchon is Against the Day
. A 1000-page monster of ideas, conscience, humour and changing styles. His magnum opus, imo. There is a great web resource for read-alongs, http://chumpsofchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2006/12/now-single-up-all-lines.htmlVineland
, and it's cousins Inherent Vice
and Bleeding Edge
, are less satisfying to me, but still contain enough Pynchon
to elevate them above most other authors' works.