Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year    

Spanning the era between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, and constantly moving between locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all), Against the Day unfolds with a phantasmagoria of characters that includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, drug enthusiasts, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, spies, and hired guns. As an era of uncertainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it’s their lives that pursue them.
 

About Thomas Pynchon

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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.
 
Published June 13, 2012 by Penguin Press. 1104 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thomas Pynchon's new novel is a bloated jigsaw puzzle of a story, pretentious without being provocative, elliptical without being illuminating, complicated without being rewardingly complex.

Nov 20 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

The New York Times

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Thomas Pynchon doles out plenty of vertigo in "Against the Day,” his sixth, his funniest and arguably his most accessible novel.

Nov 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

The Guardian

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Arcane, embedded codes pervade a Pynchon novel at every level, so consider the episode in which Reef Traverse is about to attempt penetrative sexual intercourse with the lapdog Mouffette.

Nov 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

Publishers Weekly

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Knotty, paunchy, nutty, raunchy, Pynchon's first novel since Mason & Dixon (1997) reads like half a dozen books duking it out for his, and the reader'

Oct 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

Entertainment Weekly

If I tell you that Thomas Pynchon's gloriously fizzy Against the Day is a 1,000-plus-page novel containing multiple subplots about multiple grand plottings to achieve power all over the globe, and that it's set at the turn of the 20th century with alternative versions of world history, mathematic...

Nov 22 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

Bookmarks Magazine

Boston Globe 5 of 5 Stars"It’s as much genre-bending as mind-bending, with elements of epic (of course), sci-fi, Western, historical novel, paranoid thriller, comedy, adventure story, young adult novel (that skyship), picaresque novel, political novel, and musical comedy.

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

Austin Chronicle

Pynchon's writing style – in turn blindingly precise and beautifully oblique, here bearing an emotional weight, as well – demands that you not decide, but think.

Dec 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

New York Magazine

But Pynchon knows what he knows: Photographs are what they take so they’ll know what you look like when they want to kill you.

Nov 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

The Moderate Voice

But at the end of the day Against the Day is about mankind’s efforts – which range from the scientific to the hallucinatory to the comical — to transcend mortality.

Sep 17 2007 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

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Though you can never hope to follow the course of events from page one to page 1,085, there are frequent times when you'll suddenly grasp a particular character or event;

Dec 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Against the Day

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