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V. by Thomas Pynchon

robfarren's review against another edition

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5.0

Read it in a couple hours. No biggie.

halfpoundhotel's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

fuckin pynchon man

briidgetotoole's review against another edition

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challenging dark funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

tscott907's review

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3.75

Goofy and twisted and almost impossible to comprehend but so engrossing that I forgot to care about that. I love Pynchon even when I don’t Get Him and this, his first novel, though frustrating, was a delight to read.

nemo23's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

sportello's review against another edition

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challenging mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

taj58's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

chasejwise's review

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adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

heathcliff_burton's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

uhambe_nami's review against another edition

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4.0

He started telling her about Vheissu. How it was reached, on camel-back over a vast tundra, past the dolmens and temples of dead cities; finally to the banks of a broad river which never sees the sun, so thickly roofed is it with foliage. The river is traveled in long teak boats which are carved like dragons and paddled by brown men whose language is unknown to all but themselves. In eight days' time there is a portage over a neck of treacherous swampland to a green lake, and across the lake rise the first foothills of the mountains which ring Vheissu.

I have no idea what this book is about, even though I've spent the last ten days reading and enjoying every page of it. Who is V.? For all we know, she could be the woman in Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Or she could be a rat called Veronica, who belongs to a congregation of rodents in Father Fairing's subterranean parish. A lot of what sprouted from young Pynchon's mind (to think that he was 24 when he wrote this!) may seem like nonsense, but there is a serious undertone. There's Malta's struggle for independence and the 1904 genocide in Namibia, but don't ask me how this fits in with the pious rats or with the mysterious V. as I wouldn't be able to tell. This is the strangest Pynchon novel I've read yet, but I liked it, and I will spend the rest of my years looking for V. She'll be waiting for me, I know. In Vheissu.