Against the Day Weblog

November 27, 2006

Master Listmaker

Filed under: Excerpts — basileios @ 10:18 am

One of the ‘bad reviews’ on Against the Day was accusing Pynchon of being ‘just’ a list maker. So be it. I d like to see a better list than this:

‘Unemployed men from out of town, exhausted, unbathed, flatulent, sullen … collegians having a look in at possibilities for hell-raising… Women in surprising numbers, bearing the marks of their trades, scars from the blades of th meatpicking floors, squints from the needlework carried past the borderlands of sleep in clockless bad light, women in head=scarves, crocheted fascinators, extravagantly flowered hats, no hats at all, women just looking to put their feet up after too many hours of lifting, fetching, walking the jobless avenues, bearing the insults of the day…’

(page 49)

Incidentally the description reminds me of the Peasants revolt in medieval England.


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