Inherent Vice

by Thomas Pynchon

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Inherent Vice Synopsis

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.



It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that love is another one of those words going around at the moment, like trip or groovy, except that this one usually leads to trouble. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait is it...

Inherent Vice Press Reviews

'Hilarious and thought-provoking' London Review of Books


'Brilliant and brain boggling by turns' Daily Mail


'Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties' Sunday Telegraph


'Pynchon's unique blend of wackiness and wistfulness permeates every page. He uses words as carefully as Nabokov. Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit neo-noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties' Sunday Telegraph


'The greatest, wildest author of his generation' Guardian

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ISBN: 9781784700416
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784700416
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Thomas Pynchon
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Books Behind TV & Film,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Thomas Pynchon

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 and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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