Vineland by Thomas Pynchon


byThomas Pynchon

Paperback | September 1, 1997

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Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs ("Floozy with an Uzi"), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and illicit sex (including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in V.).

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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
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Title:VinelandFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0141180633

ISBN - 13:9780141180632

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Written in the late’60s and leading the post-beat movement, Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow was a magnum opus of the first order that enlightened, enthralled and bewildered a generation of readers, much in the tradition of Joyce’s Ulysses or even Finnegan’s Wake. In 1990 the enigmatic and reclusive author returned with Vineland, a more accessible but profound paean to aging-hippie-dom set in the fog-entrenched Northern-California-Coast. Zoyd Wheeler is an ex-yippie about to embark on his televised annual tradition of throwing himself through a window (the glass is breakaway, what they use in the movies, but the public doesn’t know this). But when the nefarious Federal agent Vond comes snooping around, Zoyd links with his old underground ties and disappears into his past. Meanwhile his daughter Prairie, as baffled as any Gen-Xer about those dang hippies, goes on her own journey of self-discovery. This is a major contribution to 20th-century American literature.