Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

by Thomas Pynchon

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Overview

Compiling five short stories originally written between 1959 and 1964, Slow Learner showcases Thomas Pynchon’s writing before the publication of his first novel V. The stories compiled here are “The Small Rain,” “Low-lands,” “Entropy,” “Under the Rose,” and “The Secret Integration,” along with an introduction by Pynchon himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101594612
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/13/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 640,713
File size: 312 KB

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49Gravity’s RainbowSlow Learner, a collection of short stories, VinelandMason & DixonAgainst the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

May 8, 1937

Place of Birth:

Glen Cove, Long Island, New York

Education:

B. A., Cornell University, 1958

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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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