SEPTEMBER MEETUP - Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there.

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.

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  • Sahar

    Jessica, decided not to come this month. I only made it through 2/3 of the book, the venue isn't vegetarian friendly, and I wasn't looking forward to the 50 minute commute. Sorry for the last minute cancellation.

    September 28, 2013

  • Natasha R.

    Didn't finish the book and have to babysit! Looking forward to meeting everyone at the next one

    September 27, 2013

  • Jessica

    Ben's doesn't accept reservations - so please be punctual so we can maximize our chances of finding a table :)

    September 27, 2013

  • Lorena

    They changed my day off!!!! I won't be able to make it. I'm going to still finish the book. I'm enjoying it a lot !!!

    September 20, 2013

  • Lorena

    Well I bought the book, but haven't started it yet!!!! I guess I better start tonight...

    September 16, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Darn, I haven't had the chance to read the book -- time's running out, so I'll catch you next month!

    September 15, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Two mapping resources for the book. I haven't vetted them for spoilers so proceed at your own risk.

    September 9, 2013

  • Marc G.

    I had to change my "live" RSVP to no because of a schedule conflict, but I am still reading the book and will comment/discuss later on in the Queens Literarti's Goodreads group.

    September 1, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Never read Pynchon before. Looking forward.

    August 14, 2013

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