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December 20, 2006

Other people’s dreams

Filed under: Dramatis Personae,Notes — basileios @ 7:38 am

“Haven’t you noticed, in hotels, the way your dreams are often, alarmingly, not your own?”

page 578

The man who has other people’s fantasies?

A Pirate Prentice-like idea strikes again.


O.I.C. Bodine

Filed under: Dramatis Personae — basileios @ 7:30 am

So here comes our man. Glad to see you join the party O.I.C.

page 517

Uncle Griswold

Filed under: Dramatis Personae — basileios @ 7:24 am

of National Lampoon fame?

page 497

November 30, 2006

Mavya and Kit

Filed under: Dramatis Personae,Notes — basileios @ 10:04 am

This is so rare for Pynchon. A mother – son relationship that appears normal if not touching. I can remember only one other episode in V. which comes close to this sentiment.

November 28, 2006

Skip the Ball Lightning

Filed under: Dramatis Personae — basileios @ 10:25 am

I suspect I must consider myself very lucky for having witnessed a ball lightning (not in a lab experiment). I was quite a distance away to notice many characteristics apart from the long duration and the changing colours.

Skip the Ball lightning appears on page 73.

Dally and Merle

Filed under: Dramatis Personae — basileios @ 10:08 am

When Dally first appeared in the book I thought immediately of Bianca. It now seems that the father daughter relationship between Dally and Merle are very close to Zoyd Wheeler and Frenesi in Vineland.

November 27, 2006

Lew Basnight

Filed under: Dramatis Personae,Excerpts,Notes — basileios @ 9:40 am

‘He understood that things were exactly what they were. It seemed more than he could bear’

Is that somehow a profanity reference? (i.e. Benny Profane). And Lew appears to be a central character – for the early stages of the book at least – in a similar (yet opposite in essence) fashion to Pirate Prentice: The man who lives other people’s fantasies.

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