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November 30, 2006

Total Pynchon

Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 10:28 am

This is why I love to read Pynchon:

“Leaving the boys to gather closely, beneath the mephitically seeping volcano which rose nearly a thousand feet overhead, on a beach so intensely sunlit as to appear almost colorless, the blindness at the heart of a diamond for all they knew, while ocean waves came towering in one by one, arriving measured as the breath of some local god. No one at first had anything to say, even if it had been possible to hear above the battery of the surf.’

(Page 109)

Its not just a ‘Heart of darkness’ (which was published round the turn of the century) in reverse, but it also includes so many themes in just a small paragraph that the density of it is absolutely amazing.


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