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Inherent Vice

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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 In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there. It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly 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 of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 24mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143117564
  • 9780143117568
  • 79,536

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"Inherent Viceis the funniest book Pynchon has written. . . . It has the moral fury that s fueled his work from the start his ferociously batshit compassion for America and the lost tribes who wander through it." Rolling Stone "Entertainment of a high order." Time "A Great American Read." The Washington Post "A deliciously composed dark comedy." The San Francisco Chronicle"show more

About Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.show more

Review Text

" Inherent Vice is the funniest book Pynchon has written. . . . It has the moral fury that's fueled his work from the start-his ferociously batshit compassion for America and the lost tribes who wander through it."- Rolling Stone "Entertainment of a high order."- Time "A Great American Read."- The Washington Post "A deliciously composed dark comedy."- The San Francisco Chronicleshow more

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20,131 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 20% (4,115)
4 43% (8,576)
3 27% (5,389)
2 8% (1,531)
1 3% (520)
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