Thomas Pynchon Inherent Vice

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Inherent Vice

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9780143144762: Inherent Vice

Read the cult classic behind the major new film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin.

It's been a while since Doc Sportello saw his ex-girlfriend, when suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer.

It all spells trouble to Doc, but before he knows it he is caught up in a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang.

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Review:

'often very funny...may be his most readable novel. Remarkably, it features both a sympathetic protagonist and a recognisable plot, albeit one that is as impossible to summarise as any other Pynchon shaggy dog tale' - The Observer, Sarah Churchwell

‘Pynchon’s unique blend of wackiness and wistfulness permeates every page. He uses words as carefully as Nabokov. Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit neo-noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties.’ - Sunday Telegraph, Mark Sanderson

‘One of America’s most wilful and obscure writers has produced the most enjoyable beach read of the summer.’ - Saturday Telegraph, Tim Martin

‘handled with an affable, zonked-out yet penetrating prose, [it] is as much fun to read as anything you will come across this summer.’ - London Evening Standard, Nicholas Lezard

‘full of superb dialogue and lovely descriptive passages’ - Sunday Times, John Dugdale

‘by far [Pynchon’s] most accessible novel since The Crying of Lot 49, and at least as funny as his zany behemoth Against the Day...this is a loveable, kooky version of noir detective fiction, but with the shadows of genuine darkness at its edges...Inherent Vice is Pynchon on an idiosyncratic frolic, and what a joy it is. He is the only truly Dickensian talent of our time.’ - Scotland on Sunday, Stuart Kelly

‘true believers will be relieved to note, however, that despite its concessions to readability and fun, Inherent Vice has all the trademark Pynchon silliness...beneath all this mayhem and fun, however, Inherent Vice is a serious, even brooding, book’ - The Times, Aravind Adiga

‘a bright, breezy, funny page-turner...Best of all, however, is the way Pynchon maps the psycho-geography and shifting socio-political sands of America at the time’ - Metro, Alan Chadwick

Review:

"Hilarious and thought-provoking" (London Review of Books)

"Brilliant and brain boggling by turns" (Daily Mail)

"Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties" (Sunday Telegraph)

"The greatest, wildest author of his generation" (Guardian)

"The intellectual game-play is characteristically dazzling...colourful and pleasurable" (Financial Times)

"You don't have to have been there; if you're willing, he'll take you there" (Michael Carlson Spectator)

"The pioneering work in a genre you'd have to call psychedelic Noir ...Who writes sentences as beautiful as Pynchon?" (Sam Leith Daily Mail)

"Pynchon leaves the rest of the American literary establishment at the starting gate...the range over which he moves is extraordinary, not simply in terms of ideas explored but also in the range of emotions he takes you through" (Time Out)

"The most important and mysterious writer of his generation" (Time)

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