Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

by Thomas Pynchon
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Bleeding Edge 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What we learn from Thomas Pynchon: the world is a dangerous place, but also one filled with strange wonders. That many of those wonders, beautiful and horrifying, come from the human imagination. We have waited just long enough for the contours of 9/11 to blur ever so slightly, and then they are molded back into sharper relief than ever in the simultaneously exuberant and knowing hands of a master magician. We read this book not for a history lesson, but for something deeper, an understanding of the human psyche, in all its intricate and compelling compelxities. Can we read this book without becoming mesmerized, shocked and moved, deeply moved? It is in the humanity of the author and his capacity to make gorgeous (and sometimes cranky) music through his language that gives this book its brilliant, compelling luster. This book is listed as a historical mystery, which is a bit like listing Moby-Dick as a fisherman's tale of the one that got away. This is a book about our souls, and the dark tinge that edges into our hearts. This marks the third Pynchon-related book of the year, each idiosyncratic in its exceptional beauty (the other two carrying blurbs from Pynchon): Tenth of December by George Saunders, working with a post-maximalist music in ten strange stories, each posing a cocked ear and a knowing eye toward our addled times; and The Glass Ocean by Lori Baker, an extended tone poem, that conjures a world of art, science, abandonment and longing. These are, to my mind, the best three works of fiction of 2013. The shared aspect: Pynchon, Saunders and Baker are not following anyone else's path -- they are writing art, not commerce.
blueridgebard More than 1 year ago
Following Inherent Vice, the master just keeps on rolling with this one. Stream of consciousness catch the wave you never want to get off. Terrific humor, though I wonder if anyone is erudite enough to get all the jokes. It helps a lot to have some understanding of the internet, computer programming and associated jargon, New York city, Jewish culture, and too many other things to list here. The heroine is fantastic, sez I. Enough conspiracy theory to make one think again about who knew what and when in the Bush administration. I recommend this book highly. I have read most of Pynchon's books and enjoyed them all. I hope the mysterious Old Dude has several more in him.
mothslayer More than 1 year ago
Thomas Pynchon. You like his style or you don't.  I love it.  Bleeding Edge is humorous, nerdy, insightful, poignant, and thrilling.  He handles the post "11 September" with grace, illustrating the malaise and social/national fallout that followed, all without being insensitive or gushy.  It's quirky and weird, and definitely unconventional when compared with the majority of narratives in popular literature.  Kudos to Pynchon for another wild ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know Thos. Pynchon is a great writer but I didn't get a third of the way through this work before I ditched it. I don't find his style funny. I don't care about his characters. I found the number of characters introduced to be confusing and without merit. The rambling style of the dialog is boring and meaningless. Sorry. I know he has a lot of fans but I'm not among them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems that the majority of the postings here are by people who have never read Pynchon or even know anything about his writing.  HIs plots aren't obvious, they never have been in any book.  Once you think you have it, you discover it changes paths.  You end up finding that with Pynchon it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.   "Confusing narrative. Crude sex which adds nothing to the plot, but shows the base characters of the main persons."   Sorry, but maybe the Twilight series is more for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bleeding Edge. to me, is analogous to the Seinfeld sitcom. The latter was a self-proclaimed show about nothing – nevertheless we found it amusing and enjoyable. I got many chuckles and laughs reading this fast-paced novel about nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of the humor is reliant on Yiddish and Russian cognates. The book pokes fun at and points out how endlessly discomfitted we are by technology and its course to change us. An important if at times frustrating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly intelligent, bitingly satirical and culturally literate, this novel works on so many levels. Another breathtaking novel from one of America's finest writers.
Freedom_to_Read More than 1 year ago
This book never leaves the starting gate. There is so much emphasis by the author to embellish every sentence that most of the paragraphs have no more than two sentences. It is a very tough read when all it has going for it are the author's over indulgence of compound sentence after compound sentence. The Yiddish is very hard to follow. The verse it cluttered with ethnic in-jokes that only the author can comprehend. Don't ask me about the ending because that to was awful.
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gramercypolice More than 1 year ago
Very evocative of a time and place -- NYC in the year falling from Spring 2001 to Spring 2002, the remnants of the dotcom bust, the rise of the security state, and the tension between the necessary sense of community and the need for some to grab whatever they can. A story of the many meanings of family, masquerading as a detective novel. It rewarded my time, and sometimes my patience, with a huge story brilliantly told, revolving around a small family in a big city.
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I always finish what I start to read except this time. I couldn't follow the plot and I didn't get his abbreviations. I would look up words I didn't understand and they weren't in the dictionary. I kept ready thinking that things would become understandable--they didn't. I'm not stupid, I have a MBA. I lost interest quickly.
Phyllie More than 1 year ago
I bought the Audio CD and could not get past the reader, Jennie Berlin. Her voice was like a sleeping pill while scratching the chalkboard with nails, I listened to the first CD and could not finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pynchon got lost on the Upper West Side and hasn't found his way out. Vaguely resembles Crying but misses many fine points of novelistic determinism. It rambles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing narrative. Crude sex which adds nothing to the plot, but shows the base characters of the main persons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no plot, to speak of, to spoil...all character driven...all the characters and dialogue are just too ironic and sooo clever and cutsey...willful suspension of disbelief is abandoned in favor of an exercise in authorial bravura......if you like implausibility and deus machina interveners, you'll love this tour de egomanical author farce....the whole premise of the book excruciatingly builds to predictable cliche 9/11 an UN-denouement... IMO, not even worthy for consideration of a National Book Award...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
flat characters, little plot and hard to read...not worthy of a book award...
bonemike More than 1 year ago
I think if you were a New Yorker, this novel would not be as incomprehensible as I found it. I stopped reading 1/3 of the way through.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
Havent read it but this book deserves better ratings than what these numbskulls are posting, though i have faith this book'll be a great experience like his always tend to be.