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A Best Book of the Year for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon—private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era.

It’s been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another one of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except this one usually leads to trouble.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there . . . or . . . if you were there, then you . . . or, wait, is it . . .    

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My first Pynchon read
March 5th, 2015
Some reviews I read before diving in said it was Pynchon-Lite. Well, I'm hooked enough to delve deeper into his other books now. If you like The Big Lebowski this is a book you would enjoy. Pynchon definitely has a way with words. The plot isn't really the point here, it is a look at So-Cal in the 70s and all of the characters you would meet there. It is worth the ride for sure.
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January 24th, 2014
I was a tad torn between three and four stars, but I eventually went with four. The book wasn't great, but it certainly had enough characters of interest to keep me in. That was also a bit of a negative. Sometimes I found it rather hard to keep track of who was who. That's certainly more on myself than the book, however. The plot was a little unspectacular but where the novel really hits it out of the park is with the characters it presents. Give it a read.
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