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CrayolaThief

You're lucky you've got at least dawning memories. As a comparative youngster my impressions of the time period are mostly based on syndicated late night television. Probably not the last word in authenticity.

What did you think of the novel itself? I enjoyed that Pynchon seemed to be having a good time writing it. Thematically pretty slim though. I don't think it serves very well as an intro to his oeuvre for the uninitiated. Can't imagine telling anyone "if you like this, you'll flip your wig for Gravity's Rainbow." Lot 49 is the instrument for that.

My guess is the target audience is Those Who Were There, and Pynchon is doing the literary equivalent of phoning up some old buddies to reminisce about old times over a joint.

Linkmeister

I was 19 when the 70s began. I spent nearly seven years of that decade overseas, definitely not sober except when I was at work. The music of the period forms the bulk of my collection. I have memories of life in Japan and on Kwajalein, and then finishing the college degree in Hawai'i after moving here. Had I not been overseas I might have met a nice girl and settled down.

The roads not taken.

mac macgillicuddy

The only Pynchon I've read recently is Vineland, which I actually bought years ago and took that long to get around to. It struck me aso sort of a mix of Raymond Chandler, "X-files" and "My Name is Earl."

actor212

The 80s were my deKantnered decade. I was too young in the 60s to miss them. Indeed, 1969 could arguably be called the happiest year of my life, in totality.

mac macgillicuddy

Actor,

You may mean happiest year, so far

Lance

CrayolaThief, I think your description and assessment are both dead on. I'm enjoying it but it's frustrating because Pynchon keeps losing track of his plot as he gets tangled up in those phone calls home.

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