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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Second time is even better

Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors that one either loves or hates. No...scratch that. Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors who writes a book that you either love or hate. I've read five of his novels and loved three but found the other two a bit boring. V. is one ...
Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors that one either loves or hates. No...scratch that. Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors who writes a book that you either love or hate. I've read five of his novels and loved three but found the other two a bit boring. V. is one of the three that I love and I think might still be his best work.

When I was just out of high school I picked up Gravity's Rainbow and was real excited about jumping in. But after the first 50 pages I had no idea what was going on or what it was even about. So it went on the shelf.

Years later I picked it back up and it was the same story as before. So I decided to read "The Crying of Lot 49" to give him another chance and I loved it. Not only that I started to understand his writing style and his way with words. I went back after finishing "Lot" and read "Gravity's Rainbow" with the companion guide and thought it was the greatest novel ever written. It's just fantastic once you get past the stream of conscious, postmodern style. There is no "A" to "B" to "C"...it's a long twisting road that demands your attention. It's not like a King or Patterson novel where you take it one vacation and read it while sitting on the beach. It stood as my favorite work of his until I read "V."

"V." is a masterpiece from start to finish. The first time I read it I fully didn't understand all the twists and turns but just went along for the ride, picking up what I could and leaving the rest for a later read. Well I just finished it again after reading it two years ago and I got a heck of a lot more out of it this time around.

The novel is one that I feel people should read before "Gravity's Rainbow". If you can get into "V." then "GR" should be a problem. I love Stencil. He might just be one of my all time favorite characters in any novel. The plot is great...the flashbacks to Egypt, Florence, German South West Africa and Malta are worth the read alone. Some characters in this novel also make appearances in "GR".

I will be reading this again at some point in time to pick up more of what is going one. It's a quest...and a fun one at that. Give it a try and let the madness begin.

On a side note, I still don't like "Mason & Dixon".

posted by neanderthal78 on December 9, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Bizare but sadly not interesting

Sometimes a yo-yo is just a yo-yo. My advice - read the free sample then decide if you are willing to pay for more of the same.

posted by Anonymous on January 17, 2013

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Second time is even better

    Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors that one either loves or hates. No...scratch that. Thomas Pynchon is one of those authors who writes a book that you either love or hate. I've read five of his novels and loved three but found the other two a bit boring. V. is one of the three that I love and I think might still be his best work.

    When I was just out of high school I picked up Gravity's Rainbow and was real excited about jumping in. But after the first 50 pages I had no idea what was going on or what it was even about. So it went on the shelf.

    Years later I picked it back up and it was the same story as before. So I decided to read "The Crying of Lot 49" to give him another chance and I loved it. Not only that I started to understand his writing style and his way with words. I went back after finishing "Lot" and read "Gravity's Rainbow" with the companion guide and thought it was the greatest novel ever written. It's just fantastic once you get past the stream of conscious, postmodern style. There is no "A" to "B" to "C"...it's a long twisting road that demands your attention. It's not like a King or Patterson novel where you take it one vacation and read it while sitting on the beach. It stood as my favorite work of his until I read "V."

    "V." is a masterpiece from start to finish. The first time I read it I fully didn't understand all the twists and turns but just went along for the ride, picking up what I could and leaving the rest for a later read. Well I just finished it again after reading it two years ago and I got a heck of a lot more out of it this time around.

    The novel is one that I feel people should read before "Gravity's Rainbow". If you can get into "V." then "GR" should be a problem. I love Stencil. He might just be one of my all time favorite characters in any novel. The plot is great...the flashbacks to Egypt, Florence, German South West Africa and Malta are worth the read alone. Some characters in this novel also make appearances in "GR".

    I will be reading this again at some point in time to pick up more of what is going one. It's a quest...and a fun one at that. Give it a try and let the madness begin.

    On a side note, I still don't like "Mason & Dixon".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    This book is amazing, challenging at points but rewarding.

    Don't be intimidated by V., the beginning of this book is easy to read and you kind of ease into the story rather than jumping right in to such as in Gravity's Rainbow. I read 180 pages of GR, but decided to go back and read V. as well as the Crying of Lot 49 before attempting GR in its entirety. I had no idea what to expect but I was never bored while reading this book. Pynchon's detail and writing is unsurpassed by anyone else I've read. As for the complexity of the text, it is difficult to understand at times, but after some re-reading and finishing a chapter things always come together. I'm 17 and I was able to understand the story, so it shouldn't be a problem for someone of average intelligence to complete. If you feel unsure about it then start with the Crying of Lot 49, a very cool story and by far the easiest and shortest of Pynchon's novels (excluding Slow Learner). I highly recommend this book, Pynchon will change the way you look at literature.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2014

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    Another of the great novels. Thomas Pynchon's brilliant epics ar

    Another of the great novels. Thomas Pynchon's brilliant epics are also the most fun you can have while learning all sorts of esoteric information. The fact that his debut (written in his twenties!), V., is at such a high quality such goes to show how talented the man really is.

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    Posted March 1, 2001

    You have to read this one twice!

    This is a book that you have to work at reading, but the work brings great rewards. The first thing I did after I read the last page was to begin reading it again. This book is full of secrets and becomes very addictive, that is, once you make it through your first hundred pages.

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