A review by andpasturesnew
V. by Thomas Pynchon

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


Hard to distill my thoughts here. Such breadth in content, as well as quality. The bifurcated narratives that eventually convene was fascinating and meaningful--one of the many, many renditions or iterations of the metaphor and idea of V. that are to be found in the novel. In general the Stencil chapters were far stronger, with "Mondaugen's Story" the clear gem of the novel. Profane was compelling as far as the characters went but the shenanigans of the whole sick crew became trite within a couple bouts. Overall a strong, very strong novel that began to lose it lustre by page 450. I'm holding the standards of my review high because this is Pynchon after all. 

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