Monday, August 31, 2009

September's Pick: Inherent Vice

As August comes to a close, I have been thinking about which books to choose for our monthly poll. However, I have made a decision for the group, and it's entirely selfish: September's book will be Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon's latest novel, which can be described very briefly as a stoner gumshoe mystery, seems to baffle most critics: some expect Pynchon's postmodern leanings to come out in full force, i.e. the more complicated and confusing the better, and some like the idea of a straightforward murder mystery. It seems that Inherent Vice is somewhere in between. I am intrigued enough to find out for myself. The review on The Millions (yes, I am their greatest fan) is necessarily ambiguous, but it features a video trailer for the book that is, I believe, narrated by Tommy Chong, of Cheech & Chong fame. Which would make sense.

In other news, keep chugging away at A Prayer for Owen Meany, people! I am not yet done myself, but I will be shortly. It is proving to be a difficult one to get through, not the summer read I expected at the beginning of July. At any rate, my review will be here sometime in September.


Hutton said...

God, you're selfish Drake. I've gone way off the board with my recent reading... right now, I'm tackling The Damned United, which is about the insane manager of Leeds United in the early-70s. It's a fictional account that's based on fact... every other chapter is in the second person, but done effortlessly. One of the best sports novels ever written, I think. Check it out.

Garry said...

Sounds a little like Fever Pitch (the fiction based on fact about a football nut) - is a strong understanding of English football in the 70s required for enjoyment?