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Mason & Dixon

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Charles Mason (1728 -1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British Surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, in an updated eighteenth-century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political and major caffeine abuse.

We follow the mismatch'd pair - one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic - from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revoluntionary America and back, through the stange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 784 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 40mm | 562g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099771918
  • 9780099771913
  • 49,607

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"A hugely ambitous epic...show cases all of Mr Pynchon's gifts as a writer: his magical abilty to fuse history and fable, science and science fiction; his Swiftean grasp of satire and his vaudevillian's sense of farce. It's a book that testifies to his remarkable powers of invention and his sheer power as a storyteller... as moving as it is cerebral, as poignant as it is daring"
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"Pynchon's finest work yet...if anyone is still looking for the Great American Novel...then this may well be it" -- Brian Morton * Scotland on Sunday * "A rollicking, picaresque tale... playful, erudite and funny" * New York Times * "Very grand and mad and beautiful...I can't remember ever having reviewed a more original novel... and if America produces a novel to come near this marvellous, proliferating thing this decade, I promise to eat it" -- Philip Hensher * Spectator * "Pynchon offers readers a trip as long and full of yearning as that of his heroes" * New Yorker * "A hugely ambitous epic...show cases all of Mr Pynchon's gifts as a writer: his magical abilty to fuse history and fable, science and science fiction; his Swiftean grasp of satire and his vaudevillian's sense of farce. It's a book that testifies to his remarkable powers of invention and his sheer power as a storyteller... as moving as it is cerebral, as poignant as it is daring" * New York Times *
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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 and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.
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8,508 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 43% (3,645)
4 32% (2,700)
3 17% (1,434)
2 6% (488)
1 3% (241)
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