Against the Day Weblog

January 24, 2007

Anarchism and WWI

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 8:41 am

‘”Well?” Yashmeen said, “why not let them have their war? Why would any self respecting Anarchist care about any of these governments, with their miserable incestuous stew of kings and Caesars?”‘

page 938

This is, unfortunately, a rather ironic statement. World War I seems to be the catalyst that basically destroyed the Anarchist mode of thinking and turn the tide towards the competing ideas of Communism. Another play on history by Pynchon maybe?



  1. I think it just proves the naivete of Yashmeen and the other anarchists. It will become clear soon that she was wrong. BTW basileios, the audio book of Against The Day was released today, I just downloaded it from … gives me a good excuse to read it again! I’m about an hour in and the performance is absolutely outstanding, adds enormously to the experience.

    Comment by Dan Conley — January 25, 2007 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  2. interesting… I must say that I am not used to audio books so I am not really sure on how i will react to this 😉

    Comment by basileios — January 26, 2007 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  3. I wouldn’t recommend it for a first read, but I’m enjoying just keeping my iPod running with “Against The Day” in the background all day as I work.

    Comment by Dan Conley — January 26, 2007 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  4. Dan, thanks for the kind words. I did the audio, and I’m glad to hear someone thought I served it well. This was my first experience with Pynchon……wow!!!!! What a challenge, what an honor, what a thrill to record. I ended up going to Staples and buying a little plastic box to keep 3×5 cards just so I could hope to keep track of all the characters I had to voice. After doing this, I sure as hell can see what all the fuss is about re Mr. Pynchon!

    Comment by dick — February 21, 2007 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

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