Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

by Thomas Pynchon

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Slow Learner: Early Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeeMcp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading The Crying of Lot 49, this was a relief. Vivid characters and interesting stories with a lot less commas and run on sentences. The story selection cuts a wide swath through society, embracing soldiers, garbage men & gypsies, college partying, spies, and the best of childrens make believe games.A keen eye for detail, both in specificity and volume, keeps the stories from getting lost in their own words. If you've never read Pynchon, I would recommend this as good book to start with,
sesquiped on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Worth reading for any Pynchon fan, these stories are more approachable than his larger novels. The introduction is interesting for its autobiographical elements, since there's so little information about him available.The five stories clearly improve in quality from the first to the last, although I have to admit a personal preference for "Under the Rose" (the fourth) over "The Secret Integration" (the fifth). The latter is probably a better piece of writing, but I like the dark humor and the notion of one person and his doomed fight against the advancing of the world around him.
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