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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk January 6, 2015 - 4:00am

With Inherent vice heading for UK cinemas over here at the end of the month which book would you recomened to start with Thomas Pynchon?

Trailer does look darn intresting and I've had a quick look though his work on amazon but not sure really which one to start on. 

 

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James Heald from California is reading The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories January 6, 2015 - 4:24am

Start with the Crying of Lot 49. It's short and introduces a lot of themes that he tackles later in his work. Inherent Vice is considered Pynchon-lite, so it's not as difficult as some of his other work, so it could also be a good one to start with. 

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day January 6, 2015 - 8:52am

Inherent Vice was a great read - better off reading it first than seeing the movie first. But if you are set on catching the flick, I just read Bleeding Edge and it was quite good - not as fun as IH, but very sharp writing.

I read Gravitys Rainbow last month and it was brutal! I knew that going in, but still, the level of difficulty lived up to the hype. People have said the enjoyment of that book comes with the re-reads, but sadly, I have other things to do then re-read that novel. So while I'm glad I can cross it off my read-list, I wouldn't say I redirived much enjoyment out of it. Not that I couldn't tell the guy's a genius from his writing, because he is, he just didn't give a hoot about reader-accessibility for that book, such was his prerogative I suppose.