• Title: Vizio di forma
  • Author: Thomas Pynchon Massimo Bocchiola
  • ISBN: 9788806202828
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vizio di forma California inizio anni Settanta Doc Sportello investigatore privato con una passione smodata per le droghe e il surf viene contattato da una vecchia fiamma Shasta che gli rivela l esistenza di un
    California, inizio anni Settanta Doc Sportello, investigatore privato con una passione smodata per le droghe e il surf, viene contattato da una vecchia fiamma, Shasta, che gli rivela l esistenza di un complotto per rapire il suo nuovo amante, un costruttore miliardario L investigatore non fa neanche in tempo ad avviare le sue indagini che si ritrova arrestato per l omiciCalifornia, inizio anni Settanta Doc Sportello, investigatore privato con una passione smodata per le droghe e il surf, viene contattato da una vecchia fiamma, Shasta, che gli rivela l esistenza di un complotto per rapire il suo nuovo amante, un costruttore miliardario L investigatore non fa neanche in tempo ad avviare le sue indagini che si ritrova arrestato per l omicidio di una delle guardie del corpo del costruttore, il quale intanto sparito, come pure Shasta Sembrano le premesse del pi classico dei noir, ma ben presto le coincidenze pi strane si accumulano e il mistero si allarga a macchia di leopardo Doc inciampa cos in collezioni di cravatte con donnine discinte, in falsi biglietti da venti dollari con il ritratto di Richard Nixon, in un associazione di dentisti assassini nota come Zanna d Oro, che per anche il nome di un sedicente cartello indocinese dedito al traffico di eroina.

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    1. Disclaimer: at no time was the reviewer stoned, tweaked, inebriated or involved in any felony endeavors during the reading of this book.I have read other people referring to this as "Pynchon Lite" which reminds me of food off the vegetarian menu. I haven't read enough Pynchon to be an authority on whether this is medium well Pynchon or medium rare. The only other Thomas Pynchon I've ever read is Gravity's Rainbow, but I will say there is certainly plenty of meat on the bone in Inherent Vice. "Le [...]

    2. Inherent Vice: Hidden defect (or the very nature) of a good or property which of itself is the cause of (or contributes to) its deterioration, damage, or wastage.¹The trouble with Time is that it always proceeds forward. Reshaping and rusting all that lies in it’s path despite those that cling to the summery present of their endless numbered days, Time changes everything and leaves us with a maze of memory. Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice[2009] flourishes in it’s immersion of the death of [...]

    3. ~Pizzaset over the Pacific~If, in Pynchonese, traveling East is to go “against the day”, into the past, memory, regret, impossibility, and if traveling West is to go “with the day”, into the future, the unknown, maturation, the coming of the next generation, toward acceptance of age and death, then where, in the geography of the imagination, is Doc Sportello’s Los Angeles? As far West as the continent can run until it comes up against the great vastness of the Pacific, and one has to s [...]

    4. Reading this book gave me a serious urge to watch The Big Lebowski again.Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a private investigator in LA in 1969, and he’s also a damn dirty hippie who smokes dope constantly. Doc gets a visit from his old girlfriend Shasta who has been seeing married and wealthy Mickey Wolfman. Wolfman’s wife and her boyfriend want Shasta to help them with a scam to get Mickey committed to an asylum, but Shasta feels guilty and wants Doc to help Mickey out.Doc no sooner gets starte [...]

    5. So this is where the Pynchon magic lies ensconced - this flippant finger-pointing at various American idiosyncrasies with the self-assured omniscience of a master and a neat splicing together of snide references to pop culture mania and casually inserted observations on human foibles.A rather perfunctory reading of The Crying of Lot 49, a deceptively short novella with mind-bending intricacies, some time last year had elicited no reaction from me which was a rather alarming prospect. I had wonde [...]

    6. No offense, but you have the look of a private gumshoe, or do I mean gumsandal.— Overheard directed at Larry "Doc" Sportello, PI, at a seedy Vegas casinoOn one level, Inherent Vice is a classic noir, featuring the standard litany of players and patsies in a kidnapping case gone awry. On another level, it's anything but your typical hardboiler, featuring a bumbling pothead detective in its leading role, supported by an equally unlikely cast of friends and foes in a caper with more subplots and [...]

    7. The only good thing this book did for me was help me remember how profoundly grateful I am to have completely missed the sixties. I think I would've killed myself if I'd had to have witnessed all this psychedelic drug use and violence on aesthetics fisthand. Killed myself or become a cop or something.In addition to reminding me how much I hate the sixties, Inherent Vice caused me to suspect that I don't like Pynchon much either. I've always sort of felt like he's the literary equivalent of Black [...]

    8. Don’t think great American novel. This is not Gravity’s Rainbow, but a bit of fun, of the noir variety. Doc Sportello is a hippy dippy PI in late 60’s LA. That his agency is named LSD Investigations pretty much tells you the tone here. Doc’s fondness for weed is matched by his ability to find things out. When an old flame show up at his door looking for help with a problem concerning her billionaire boyfriend and his wife’s attempt to have him declared incompetent the game is on. Throw [...]

    9. Who's afraid of those big fat postmodernist novels?Apparently me, because I have known about Thomas Pynchon for years, yet I kept putting him off, too shy about making my poor synapses work harder. Once I have taken the plunge (thanks to the recently released movie), it turns out I didn't need any extra fish oil in order to make sense of the story. More surprisingly yet,Inherent Viceis first of all a FUN ride through the psychedelic landscape of California, cca 1969. I don't remember the last ti [...]

    10. I imagine Pynchon had a great fun writingInherent vice, mixing genres , freely borrowing from Chandler , Hammett , Coen brothers and embellishing detective novel with hippie nostalgia . I for sure had a fun reading it . The main protagonist Doc , hybrid of Dude and Marlowe , is a surfer , a hippie and a detective . We get his dreams , memories , hallucinations , even TV series . He’s constantly spliffed up what results some really zappy scenes . Doc loves beautiful women and never refuses to h [...]

    11. 3.5/5 stars -- rounded up because I'm feeling generous.This isn't Tommy P at his best, but it is Tommy P at his most accessible. 'Inherent Vice' is good for a laugh, but sorta like that last time I smoked pot, I doubt I'll remember much about it tomorrow. It was a fun experience -- I giggled, I zoned out, got a little paranoid hey, I think I might have even gotten a case of the munchies. Yeah, man. I sat on my sofa, ate a bag of Doritos, a pint of ice cream, a box of cookies and 6 slices of pizz [...]

    12. "Tubular, Dude!""Inherent Vice" is often described as "Pynchon-Lite".However, the novel’s themes are no less cerebral (or entertaining or hilarious) than it predecessors. On the basis of just one reading, I think they’re consistent with at least "The Crying of Lot 49", if not also "V" and "Gravity’s Rainbow"."The Crying of Lot 49" was partly concerned with investigation or detection, the process by which we discover knowledge or become enlightened. In its case, the investigator was a lay p [...]

    13. This was a good Pynchon - a change of pace from the über-Pynchon of Mason&Dixon and Against the Day and more like his last book Bleeding Edge. The main character is great and I loved the intrigue and the dialog. The movie was really great too although apparently few people fully understood or appreciated it. Kind of Big Lebowski on meth instead of week or something. Absurd, funny, and inventive. Another great book from one of my favourite American authors of the late 20th C and early 21st C [...]

    14. When I first read "Inherent Vice," my Pynchon intake was woefully scant. I also read it in little bits and spurts over the span of a few months -- oh, and somewhere in all that, I got married. And was working two jobs. And had no idea that the undeservedly derisive "Pynchon Light" just means it requires still frantic but slightly less infrequent consultation of a dictionary and only one additional reference material (once again, my brain would like to thank the Pynchon Wiki for its meticulous, i [...]

    15. God, here is another of those instances where my brain is just a totally unreliable pile of poo. Because listen, I got SO EXCITED when I heard there was going to be a Pynchon movie made finally finally, and from such a good one! I thought, Gosh, I'd better hurry up and re-read this, which I loved so much when I first read it, so I can be all ready for the film! Except: nope. I'm 3/4 through the re-read (LOVING IT) and just remembered to come over here and update my shelves, and look at this craz [...]

    16. Is this Pynchon investigating (& turning a critical eye upon) his own infatuation with the “dream of the ‘60’s”? Spying on himself?Besides the convoluted crime plot which never lets up, delivering the goods time after time, what’s of primary interest here is how people change, how they wholeheartedly believe one thing one day and how over time that belief is turned on its head and their lives and beliefs become the antitheses of what they were when they were younger. What is the pr [...]

    17. Why Inherent Vice and why now? ‘Inherent’ is used as it is in legal documents, and Pynchon is making the point that powerful or wealthy actors in our society have an inherent advantage which they may use to good or ill, i.e police, FBI, property developers, ARPAnet operators all have outsized power that needs monitoring, formally and/or informally. And perhaps, in the tendency within each of us to look after our own interests and feather our own beds, we all harbor the "inherent vice" Pyncho [...]

    18. Pynchon for times you’d never normally consider reading Pynchon. (Okay, yeah, though, I’m not counting you peculiar, hyper-serious-brained lot who’d throw yourselves into a full-scale re-read of Gravity's Rainbow plus 350pp companion volume whilst simultaneously dealing with a temperature of 102, a divorce and a house move.)This comedy noir detective story has a tone so perfectly pitched that – unlike Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, a film which is still a lot of fun in its own right - the [...]

    19. Oh, Pynchon. How you disappoint me.This time, it's personal. (Cue the overblown Schwarzenegger theme song.)It's difficult to review Pynchon without coming to him with a lot of baggage. Like, after DFW, is there any other author so worshipped for straddling the line between mainstream narrative and experimentalism? Who has international average-Joe name recognition and major critic cred? You know, the ones at The New York Times not us proles. Does not Gravity's Rainbow carry the weight ofwell, gr [...]

    20. the more pynchon i read the less i understand why anyone gives a shit about pynchon. unfunny, unoriginal, emotionally void, completely lacking in mystery, suspense, or wonder. just a bunch of "wacky" characters talkin "wacky" for 400 pages. like the worst of tarantino, minus the violence and sense of danger.

    21. After six novels spanning a literary career of about forty-seven years, Thomas Pynchon has become less and less obscure. Not so much in the sense of his persona as a writer; that will always remain ambiguous, and it is irrelevant to the books that he writes, as William Gaddis would argue. It is rather what makes a Thomas Pynchon novel so great, that has become more apparent. Which is also why his latest, a "part- noir, part- psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon —" in which "private eye Doc Spo [...]

    22. Before we start, check out this excerpt from the book:“Doc was in the toilet pissing during a commercial break when he heard Sauncho screaming at the television set. He got back to find his attorney just withdrawing his nose from the screen.“’Everything cool?’“’Ahh…’ collapsing on the couch, ‘Charlie the fucking Tuna, man.’“’What?’“’It’s all supposed to be so innocent, upwardly mobile snob, designer shades, beret, so desperate to show he’s got good taste, except [...]

    23. "Cop killer, better you than meCop killer, fuck police brutalityCop killer, I know your family's grievin'(Fuck 'em)Cop killer, but tonight we get even." Once rapped Law & Order: SVU's Ice-T.Inherent Vice is the thing inside of you that you can't avoid, your inability to resist your own self destruction. I'm gonna consider it a self medication of the void with the therapy resembling (they could be sisters) chemo that kills you as it takes care of you because while I wasn't ever a moth in the [...]

    24. Largely ineffectual trifle that looks to be cobbled together from a combination of and Lester Bangs/Mickey Spillane Cliff's Notes (are either one of them still alive and using regularly?), this book reveals what happens when a 70 year old shut-in tries his hand at nerd schlock and instead churns out an aimless, tedious, meandering rewrite of the Big Lebowski without any of the wit. There's not a chance in hell a guy who wasn't named "Thomas Pynchon" could even get a book like this to rise beyo [...]

    25. Wow dieser Schmöker war für mich richtig zäh. Doc ein Privatschnüfflerverschnitt ala Philipp Marlowe & Mike Hammer mit ein bisschen Hippie Attitüde stolpert mit einer in Eisberge gemeißelten Coolness durch ein total konfuses Universum aus Drogensüchtigen, Freaks, Rassisten und geldgeilen Verbrechern aus allen Berufs- und Bevölkerungsschichten inkl. endlosen und verwirrenden Beschreibungen der Stadt L.A. und Szenewechseln im Stakkato. Weiters konnte ich diese unzähligen, unsäglichen [...]

    26. Ενα διαφορετικό βιβλιο απ´τον σπουδαιότερο συγγραφέα των τελευταίων 50 χρόνων, εδώ σε τελείως διαφορετικό είδος, πολύ κοντά στον Τσαντλερ αλλα κι τον Ελρόυ αλλα με χασικλιδικο χιούμορ που με κράτησε ξύπνιο μες την εβδομάδα αφού δεν μπορούσα να σταματήσω να διαβάζω. Ο Ντοκ Σ [...]

    27. It took me far too long to finish Inherent Vice. Half a year, maybe? It pissed me off at times because I was mostly committed to Pynchon, which meant that all other fiction but one was off the limits. It’s been a long while with minimal diversification. I am finished now, but over the course of reading Pynchon’s sprawling LA pseudo-noir, I found myself having three distinctly different responses to the book. Here is my tale of three readings. One, the First: The first couple of months of rea [...]

    28. Video-review: youtube/watch?v=uLVtf#6 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015: youtube/watch?v=zIWkwA marijuana-fueled trip of a detective novel that is just crazy enough to be hilarious but never tiresome. Reads like a most enjoyable (but not less clever) version of The Crying of Lot 49. Fucking beautiful - and just when you thought Postmodern silliness was dead.

    29. Άντεξα μέχρι τη σελίδα 201.Συγγνώμη, δεν μπορώ.Μη με μισήσεις.

    30. Sam Spade meets Hunter S. Thompson in the late 60s in L.A. Fast paced, hilarious caricatures, and snappy dialogue make this a most entertaining story. Character names alone are sufficient to make me snort with laughter. The plot line is well trod, but the local color and the accoutrements, while over the top, I must recognize as form a very lively literate mind. It wasn’t what I expected, being my first venture into Pynchon, but I suspected it was an anomaly. The cover is garish and even the [...]

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