About this book
Pynchon's first novel for nearly ten years was a major literary event of 2006, and is now published in Vintage paperback. Epic and wide-ranging, original in form and structure, it spans the period from the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 to the years after World War 1. 'All that is glorious and exhilarating about Pynchon is found here...a mighty novel that will delight Pynchonians and seduce new-comers' "Observer"
Thomas Pynchon is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-fact occurrences occur. Maybe it's not the world, but with a minor adjustment or two it's what the world might be.