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Staff Pick

Pynchon is the king of the paranoid school of American fiction. He's also really good at puns. Which explains why this Silicon Valley meets Upper West Side romp through the early years of the Internet Age can be both terrifying and so damned fun.
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Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet.

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.

Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics — carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into peoples' bank accounts — without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom — two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood — till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.

With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

Hey. Who wants to know?

Review:

"A hilarious, shrewd, and disquieting metaphysical mystery." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"No one, but no one, rivals Pynchon's range of language, his elasticity of syntax, his signature mix of dirty jokes, dread and shining decency....Bleeding Edge is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces. Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A much-anticipated return, and it's trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes." Kirkus (Starred Review)

Review:

"Truly your most important reading for the fall...darkly hilarious." Library Journal

Review:

"Brilliantly written...a joy to read....Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Review:

"A precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed...a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for, ever since it went to bed early on innocent Sept. 10 with a copy of The Corrections and stayed up well past midnight reading Franzen into the wee hours of his novel's publication day." Slate.com

Review:

"Are you ready for Thomas (Screaming Comes Across the Sky) Pynchon on the subject of September 11, 2001?...Exemplary...dazzling and ludicrous....Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight. Pynchon himself's a good companion, full of real affectation for his people and places, even as he lampoons them for suffering the postmodern condition of being only partly real." Jonathan Lethem, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Surely now Pynchon must be in line for the Nobel Prize?...Thomas Pynchon, America's greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country's 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece." The Scotsman (UK)

Review:

"The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions — between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos — through which he has framed the last half-century....As usual, Pynchon doesn't provide answers but teases us with the hint of closure, leaving us ultimately unsure whether the signals add up to a master plot or merely a series of sinister and unfortunate events. The overall effect is one of amused frustration, of dying to find that one extra piece of information that will help make sense of this overwhelming and vaguely threatening world. It feels a lot like life." Wired magazine

Review:

"Brilliant and wonderful...Bleeding Edge chronicles the birth of the now — our terrorism-obsessed, NSA-everywhere, smartphone Panopticon zeitgeist — in the crash of the towers. It connects the dots, the packets, the pixels. We are all part of this story. We are all characters in Pynchon's mad world. Bleeding Edge is a novel about geeks, the Internet, New York and 9/11. It is funny, sad, paranoid and lyrical. It was difficult to put down. I want to read it again." Salon.com

Review:

"Mr. Pynchon uses his hefty arsenal of talents to capture the churning anxiety of New York at the turn of the millennium with gorgeous sleight of hand....Mr. Pynchon's New York City, circa 2001, is a dark mirror of America today." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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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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ashraf, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by ashraf)
Totally enjoyable read, I loved all the New York circa-2001 specific references. This was certainly an enjoyable time by one of the most important american authors around.
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lukas, November 9, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
If not the greatest novelist of his generation (that goes to Philip Roth), the reclusive Thomas Pynchon may be the most influential, as he casts a shadow that falls over big guns like Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, William Gibson and Jonathan Lethem, among others. His latest opus, his 8th novel, takes on 9/11 and the the mood and events of the early '00s. Pynchon is nothing if not ambitious, but this ultimately falls flat and fails to make sense of the period, despite copious period details like the growth of the internet, the dotcom bubble, Keanu Reeves movies, Jay-Z and Nas, beanie babies and even "Friends." Yes, Thomas Pynchon, the writer of "Gravity's Rainbow" has put "Friends" in one of his books. And this is an odd, uneven mix of the whimsical and trivial with the tragic and grave. Pynchon's late style is strangely lighter and more superficial than in his earlier works. "The Trade Center tower were religious too. They stood for what this country worships above everything else, the market, always the holy f***in market."
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Michael B Padrick, September 19, 2013 (view all comments by Michael B Padrick)
Pynchon's latest novel does not disappoint - and though not to everyone's taste, it's everything you want in a Pynchon novel: paranoia, surrealism, a skewed view of reality and riff after riff that makes you scratch your head and wonder, "How does he keep on doing it?" Brilliant.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594204234
Author:
Pynchon, Thomas
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Author:
Berlin, Jeannie
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb

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Product details 496 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594204234 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Pynchon is the king of the paranoid school of American fiction. He's also really good at puns. Which explains why this Silicon Valley meets Upper West Side romp through the early years of the Internet Age can be both terrifying and so damned fun.

"Review" by , "A hilarious, shrewd, and disquieting metaphysical mystery."
"Review" by , "No one, but no one, rivals Pynchon's range of language, his elasticity of syntax, his signature mix of dirty jokes, dread and shining decency....Bleeding Edge is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces.
"Review" by , "A much-anticipated return, and it's trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes."
"Review" by , "Truly your most important reading for the fall...darkly hilarious."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly written...a joy to read....Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best."
"Review" by , "A precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed...a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for, ever since it went to bed early on innocent Sept. 10 with a copy of The Corrections and stayed up well past midnight reading Franzen into the wee hours of his novel's publication day."
"Review" by , "Are you ready for Thomas (Screaming Comes Across the Sky) Pynchon on the subject of September 11, 2001?...Exemplary...dazzling and ludicrous....Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight. Pynchon himself's a good companion, full of real affectation for his people and places, even as he lampoons them for suffering the postmodern condition of being only partly real."
"Review" by , "Surely now Pynchon must be in line for the Nobel Prize?...Thomas Pynchon, America's greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country's 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions — between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos — through which he has framed the last half-century....As usual, Pynchon doesn't provide answers but teases us with the hint of closure, leaving us ultimately unsure whether the signals add up to a master plot or merely a series of sinister and unfortunate events. The overall effect is one of amused frustration, of dying to find that one extra piece of information that will help make sense of this overwhelming and vaguely threatening world. It feels a lot like life."
"Review" by , "Brilliant and wonderful...Bleeding Edge chronicles the birth of the now — our terrorism-obsessed, NSA-everywhere, smartphone Panopticon zeitgeist — in the crash of the towers. It connects the dots, the packets, the pixels. We are all part of this story. We are all characters in Pynchon's mad world. Bleeding Edge is a novel about geeks, the Internet, New York and 9/11. It is funny, sad, paranoid and lyrical. It was difficult to put down. I want to read it again."
"Review" by , "Mr. Pynchon uses his hefty arsenal of talents to capture the churning anxiety of New York at the turn of the millennium with gorgeous sleight of hand....Mr. Pynchon's New York City, circa 2001, is a dark mirror of America today."
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