Against the Day Weblog

November 10, 2006

Against The Day – Pilot Post

Filed under: General — basileios @ 8:30 am

Thomas Pynchon’s Against The Day is published in two weeks. Apart from being an event that will pop quite a few champagne bottles from Pynchon-maniacs it classifies as one of the major literary events of this decade, and for me the major literary event of the century (so far…).

When Mason & Dixon came out in May 2007 I spent one month in near perfect seclusion in order to enjoy the book at its fullest. Mason & Dixon may be one of the most difficult Pynchon books but it is very close to my heart since Astronomy is so much part of the plot (I am an astrophysist).

Ten years later, I am not able to put myself in total solitude for the time it will take me to read the 1016 pages of Against the Day. The present ‘Against the Day Weblog’ is a helping tool for me so I can focus my notes, ideas, thoughts, confusions, expectations during the reading of the book which is planned to start almost immediately after the publication. I cannot be sure on how will this work, or weather the end of the blog when the bring something useful for anyobody else in the end but if you are reading Against the Day and want to join in the discussion or my thoughts feel free to drop me a line / comment any time.

Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck.



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