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Fariña evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering—among other things—mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth. A portrait of an explosive decade, sparkling with inventive writing and conveying the essence of a generation, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, as Thomas Pynchon writes in the introduction, "comes on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch."

"A marvelous storyteller, Fariña is fit to join the company of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon." —San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.; The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity's Rainbow; Slow Learner, a collection of short stories; Vineland; Mason and Dixon; Against the Day; and, most recently, Inherent Vice. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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searly, January 23, 2008 (view all comments by searly)
It has been a long time since I read this book and therefore the fact that I remember that it introduced me to Thanatos and the story of the humongous turd that is saved in a baggie on the mantle of the frat house makes me feel, after 40 years, that it might be worth revisiting.
Also memorable is the false story that Richard died falling off the back of Bob Dylans motorcycle.
If I remember correctly he was married to Joan Baezs' sister and he had a great folk album called Celebration for a Grey Day
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140189308
Introduction:
Pynchon, Thomas
Author:
Fariina, Richard
Introduction by:
Pynchon, Thomas
Introduction:
Pynchon, Thomas
Author:
Farina, Richard
Author:
Pynchon, Thomas
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
College students
Subject:
United States Social life and customs 1945-1970 Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
College students -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
800-10
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.77x5.17x.66 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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