Against the Day Weblog

February 22, 2007

What It Means To Be An American

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 7:56 am

‘Jesse brought home an assignment from school “write an essay on What It Means To Be An American”‘

page 1076

This was a theme earlier on in the book and it comes back now with the closing. This is not surprising as Pynchon is searching in more or less all his books the essence of the American psyche. The time period in Against the Day is ideal for dealing with the birth and generation of this so I am not surprised that this is another crucial element in the whole structure of the book.



  1. just wanted to say that I just finished the book myself. It was a very sad time. The book had come to consume me, and I dove into it every spare second I had. Today is really the first day I haven’t had it (didn’t even carry it to work) and just the physical absense of it in my bag was kind of depressing. Anyway, i’ve checked in here from time to time and found your log really interesting. There’s so much in the book to take away that I think what you’ve done here, just kind of take some snapshots of the beautiful prose, is a really great idea. So, thanks!

    Comment by chris — February 28, 2007 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  2. thanks for the kind words. Thats how I imagined it as well as I did it. Small snapshots of an infinity of beautiful prose, just to separate what I thought were my favorite points.

    By the way I feel the same way about finishing the book. I have it next to me on my desk along with the permanent copy of GR that I keep there, I keep on opening it up from time to time, but I somehow do not have the courage to put it on a shelf next to the other Pynchon books.

    Comment by Basileios — March 2, 2007 @ 8:04 am | Reply

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