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Inherent Vice (2009)

by Thomas Pynchon(Favorite Author)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 3
1594202249 (ISBN13: 9781594202247)
The Penguin Press
review 1: Just like the movie version, I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book a lot but the plot was so confusing that at times it became a little unenjoyable. But I would have given it a 7 out of 10. The main character of Doc is great and I was happy to read a book with a protagonist I enjoyed after a string of bad luck with main characters. And all of the other characters were great too; I'm just not sure why the author made the plot so convoluted, and ultimately, a little anti-climactic. Still, enjoyable for most of it.
review 2: Doc Sportello is, for better or for worse, a low level private dick who has a penchant for Kool cigarettes, college basketball, and marijuana. The novel begins as Doc's ex "old lady", Shasta Fay Hepworth, visits Doc to discuss a matter of busin
... moreess regarding her current paramour, real estate tycoon, Mickey Wolfmann. As soon as Shasta begins to reveal an apparent kidnapping/extortion attempt on Wolfmann, the plot develops into a drug fueled, dense, detective story with Doc leading the case.Most of Inherent Vice takes place in the form of brief experiences that Doc finds himself getting into. Pynchon seems to deliberately complicate and muddle the plot by creating these episodes to fit the theme of Doc's mental state.ie: Let's solve a complicated mystery stoned out of our fucking minds.These experiences of Doc's translate into an unstructured narrative with very few answers but an abundance of new characters and predicaments that they bring along with them. The strength of the novel lies in Pynchon's comedic quips, his knowledge of California translated into prose, and the ever-present battle of hippie culture during the late 60's and early 70's. Pynchon uses his distinct knowledge of California with great purpose while describing both the geography and history of the state. Themes such as life for hippies before and after the Manson murders and the effects of marijuana translated through literal structure are what make this detective novel not quite like the others. less
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Not my bag. Some of the best character names though.
It's just...the Big Lebowski was a good movie.
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