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Against the Day (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. September 2007

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"A fine example of a successful marriage between the popular and intellectual, between fiction and science... gloriously, demandingly, daringly, Pynchon has rediscovered vulgarity and continues to prove the novel has never been more vibrant, more various or better able to represent our complex world. Give this book your time - you'll agree its worth it" (Michael Moorcock Daily Telegraph)

"The greatest, wildest author of his generation" (Ian Rankin Guardian)

"Against the Day is a rollercoaster ride that soars, plummets and often loops the loop.... A fantastic chronicle of how the world came into being... there is a beautifully humane, compassionate energy arcing through the book...Pynchon is the only living American author who unreservedly deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)

"It is a serious book and the finest thing Pynchon has done since Gravity's Rainbow. It should be acknowledged, nonetheless that Against The Day is immensely funny, an intricate, wheezing shaggy dog joke holds you in its grip for a thousand pages. Quite a feat" (Tom Adair Scotsman)

"It is brilliant...There's a wonderful gathering tenderness - and Pynchon writes some of the most beautiful sentences you are ever likely to come across" (Spectator)

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'All that is glorious and exhilarating about Pynchon is found here... a mighty novel that will delight Pynchonians and seduce newcomers' - Observer.

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Von Michael Dienstbier TOP 500 REZENSENT am 29. Dezember 2007
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Am 20. November 2006 hat das schreibende Mysterium namens Thomas Pynchon seinen neuen Roman "Against the Day" veröffentlicht. Dies ist erst der sechste Roman des Autors, der vor gut 40 Jahren die literarische Weltbühne betrat. Verwirrend, chaotisch, unverständlich; Pynchon sprengte und sprengt alle Maßstäbe. Konsequent verweigert er sich den Konventionen des hergebrachten Erzählens und katapultiert den willigen Leser in eine Welt bestehend aus unzähligen Charakteren samt deren Schicksalen, die mal mehr, meist aber weniger miteinander verknüpft sind, verwirrt mit seitenlangen Diskussionen diverser mathematischer Problematiken auf Doktorandenniveau sowie drogengeschwängerten Gesprächen über die Möglichkeiten einer vierten Dimension samt deren Auswirkungen auf unsere als natürlich empfundene Raum-Zeit-Struktur. Mit 1085 Seiten ist "Against the Day" Pynchons bisher längster Roman, deren Inhalt und Charakter kaum im Rahmen einer Rezension adäquat repräsentiert werden kann. Kein Grund natürlich, es nicht trotzdem zu versuchen.

Es gibt sogar so etwas wie einen Plot, der viele der im Roman auftauchenden Figuren, sei es auch noch so periphär, miteinander verbindet. Im Auftrag des grundbösen Großkapitalisten Scarsdale Vibe wird der Anarchist Webb Traverse von den beiden Auftragskillern Deuce Kindred und Sloat Fresno ermordet. Webbs Söhne schwören Rache, was sie im Laufe der Handlung aus unterschiedlichsten Gründen in alle Ecken der Welt und darüber hinaus verschlägt. Kit studiert, auf Kosten von Scarsdale Vibe, Mathematik in Göttingen, bis Vibe sich eines besseren besinnt und Kit auf seine persönliche Abschussliste setzt.
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Elusive Pynchon's newest novel is certainly a tour-de-force.
Spanning over roughly a quarter century and more than a thousand pages, the reader finds himself literally overwhelmed by both, thinkess and precision. The spiderweb of correlating plotlines rolls over your mind boulder-like, but paradoxically maintains a lofty grandeur: Against the day is a rock with gems lingering on the inside.
We follow the Traverse family, with patriarch Webb, deeply influenced by Anarchist beliefs, as he lives his rebellious life towards a better America. Upon his assassination by Webb's nemesis Scarsdale Vibe, the plotlines around the rest of the "Dalton's" diverge into a myriad of different destinies, travelling to every part of the world.
Pynchon's extraordinary language that grasps not only landscapes, but also characters and scientifical notions, depicts the modern world of the fin-de-siecle to the pre-WWII period in a dazzling accuracy and deep-reaching sadness.

Stately, bright Pynchon interweaves, it seems compulsory these times, fact and fiction. Yet, may his novel be affilliated to the Postmodern characteristic of historiographic metafiction, as it self-reflexively displays an "other" world as we know it, or should we go for the "change one (or more) variable and see what happens"-definition of science fiction?
A much more fundamental question: Does it matter?

Enjoy the read, and brace yourself for an eternal time.
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Das Hörbuch ist auf zwei CDs mit MP3-Dateien verteilt. Die einzelnen Dateien umfassen etwa jeweils 5 min. Der Ton ist gewöhnungsbedürftig - entweder der Vorleser hat eine außergewöhnliche Stimmlage, oder mit der technischen Qualität stimmt etwas nicht. Das könnte natürlich auch an meiner Abspieltechnik liegen, das scheint aber eher unwahrscheinlich.
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Das neue Buch von Thomas Pynchon gehört zu den leichtfüssigsten und komischsten Büchern, das er geschrieben hat. Deshalb keine Angst vor den 1100 Seiten. Es ist die Geschichte von fünf Aeronauten - samt dem Hund Pugnax, der schon im ersten Kapitel ein Buch von "Mr. Henry James" liest aber auch Büchern über die Luftfahrt nicht abgeneigt ist. Geschickt lässt Pynchon den Eindruck entstehen, dass dieses Buch ein gigantischer Fortsetzungsroman ist, indem er in Klammern auf andere Abenteuer der Aeronauten verweist. Die Aeronauten machen eine Weltreise die in Chicago beginnt und viele Ort umfasst. Sie besuchen auch Göttingen u.a. Kurse des Mathematikers Hilbert.

Gleich zu Beginn wird gesagt, dass die Reise mit dem Luftschiff den Gesetzen der Thermodynamik widerspricht und das wir einem Zeitalter der Anarchie entgegenreisen. Der Schlussatz schließlich läßt sie der Gnade (grace) etngegensteuern. Nach der schweren und bleiernden Textur von "Mason and Dixon" hat der offenbar ewig junge siebzigjährige Autor einen wunderbaren Abenteuerroman vorgelegt. Jules Verne und Hergé treffen auf den größten Autor dieses und des kommenden Jahrhunderts.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen sprawling, but great 20. Dezember 2013
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Sprawling, but never losing its place, this book covers almost everything—light, duplicates, power and control, impossibilities and alternatives, secrets, visions, history, anti-history, vectors and equations, fantasy and reality, Europe and the Wild West, sex and violence, capitalism versus anarchy, and the sky versus the earth—via multiple more or less pulpy storylines. It's as if Pynchon combined all manner of early genre fiction—boy's adventure tales, westerns, detectives and spies, Jules Verne-eque steam-tech scifi, and even some Lovecraftian cosmic horror—into one gigantic post-modern novel.

The book follows several plots from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to post-World War I, all of which interweave and untangle through the book, some of the characters dipping in and out of the realities of the others: The Chums of Chance, aerialist boys who fly a gigantic airship. The children of the Traverse family who follow different paths of anarchism, mathematics, war, love, and hate. Lew Basnight, the lost detective who falls in with a secret society. Cyprian the depraved spy and Yashmeen the math vixen. And the Rideouts, whose activities include engineering impossible machines and just bumming around Europe.

The book is long, more than a thousand pages, but with all of those people, plots, and ideas, I think the man needed every page to write this book. True, there were parts I enjoyed more than others—with a book this long, how could that not be? I tended to relish the more fantastical stuff (e.g., the Chums of Chance drilling through the desert with a sand-invisibility ray to find a long-buried but still-inhabited city) than the stomping-around-Europe-on-the-edge-of-world-war, long stretches where the book turned grim, dirty, and a bit exhausting. The book was a lot less crazy and whimsical than "Mason & Dixon," which went to all sorts of weird places and rarely ever seemed grounded in truth, even though many of its characters were historical. While that book seemed more a celebration of the act of storytelling, this book seemed more concerned with emotion and searching.

But the searching—whether for Shambhala, or one's father's killer, or the solution to a math puzzle, or doors between dimensions, or the meaning of life, or a person's own family—Pynchon always hooked me into the searches, and sometimes I was there, reading a book with Frank by waning light to his dead father, or forwarding a photograph's light in time with Merle to see his daughter all grown up. Pynchon, too, has a way of creating little moments or ideas, just pages long, that seem to hold entire worlds, such as an Aztec girl who commands a tree filled with glowing beetles, each one named after a person she knew.

Although reading this book wasn't as revelatory as "Mason & Dixon," it both entertained and awed equally. The writing does things with ideas, characters, and words I did not know could be done; I don't know if a person could give a book like this higher praise than that.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If Jules Verne were alive today and writing a book about the turn of the century... 2. August 2012
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Thomas Pynchon is not for light readers. Pynchon will annoy you, bore you, and occasionally disgust you. Don't take it personally, he's just a weird dude. Like some reviewers, I agree that this novel could have used some serious editing. If it were cut down to a more manageable 700 pages, let's say, a lot more people would read it. But I don't think that Pynchon is interested in being read by everybody; he seems to have a somewhat misanthropic attitude, while, at least in this book, showing some serious sympathy for anarchists. That's the negative aspect of the book: about a quarter of it could have been edited out, and as a reader, you have to make it through those parts.

Positive: Pynchon can write a description as well as anybody else.
On New Orleans:

"It had soon become apparent in this town that what you could see from the street was not only less than "the whole story" but in fact not even the picture on the cover. The real life of this place was secured deep inside the city blocks, behind ornate iron gates and up tiled passages that might as well've run for miles. You could hear faint strands of music, crazy stuff, banjos and bugling, trombone glissandi, pianos under the hands of whorehouse professors sounding like they came with keys between the keys. Voodoo? Voodoo was the least of it, Voodoo was just everywhere. Invisible sentinels were sure to let you know, the thickest of necks being susceptible here to monitory pricklings of the Invisible. The Forbidden. And meantime the smells of the local cuisine, cheurice sausages, gumbo, crawfish étouffé, and shrimp boiled in sassafras, proceeding from noplace you could ever see, went on scrambling what was left of your good sense. Negroes could be observed at every hand, rollicking in the street. " p. 368

On Venice:
"the nacreous swell of daylight. Mussel-gatherers could now be seen out in the water, which came only up to their waists, moving about like harvesters in a field. Produce boats up from the Ponte di Paglia glided by, and small boats loaded with green crabs whose rattling struggles could be heard in the dawn. " p. 253

These descriptions, as well as his sermonizing, are where the book really takes off. At points this philosophy, or history, or editorial style, can really shock and amaze:

"WE LOOK AT the world, at governments, across the spectrum, some with more freedom, some with less. And we observe that the more repressive the State is, the closer life under it resembles Death. If dying is deliverance into a condition of total non-freedom, then the State tends, in the limit, to Death... Any of the prisoners of `93 who weren't Anarchists before going into Montjuich arrived rapidly at the heart of the matter. It was like finding an old religion again, one we'd almost forgotten. The State is evil, its divine right proceeds from Hell, Hell is where we all went. Some came out of Montjuich broken, dying, without working genitals, intimidated into silence. Whips and white-hot irons are certainly effective for that. But all of us, even those who had voted and paid our taxes like good bourgeoisie, came out hating the State. I include in that obscene word the Church, the latifundios, the banks and corporations, of course." p. 372

Pynchon conveys sense of loss, of grief, at this world gone by, at the modern world of identity and status, capital and media ruling our lives. His characters are at their happiest when reunited over a meal and a bottle, sharing the past and in congress of one sort or another. He makes us question the current reality, his own imagined skein of the past, and the time in between. Like any great writer, he stirs up novel thoughts, takes us away to imaginary vistas and asks questions of our souls.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quite An Experience 13. August 2013
Von P. Mccaffrey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It took me about eight months to finish this book. Some days I would just read one beautiful page and decide to leave it at that. I am a long time Pynchon fan and I feel that there is no one else writing as he does. For instance, he uses metaphor beautifully, which not too many writers do these days. This is a book where you just have to let go and let it carry you along. That being said, while I realize that when we read Pynchon we do not expect a conventional linear narrative or tidy resolution at the end, I was a bit disappointed at the last part of the book which spent a lot of time chronicling various character's experiences throughout the Balkan peninsula and in Venice. I feel that this did not quite match the first part of the book. (I feel pages 400-500 contain some of the best writing Pynchon has ever done, particularly the marching harmonica band training school sequence-amazing stuff.)The book is a masterpiece but slightly disappointing. as some of the other reviewers pointed out, additional readings will reveal more. I truly started to "get" Vineland only on a second reading, however with a book this size and all the other books I want to read again (Huckleberry Finn and Lord Jim are on my nightstand) I don't know how realistic it is for me to expect that I will be able to go back and do a closer reading of a book of this length and density. Someone once pointed out that the greatest American novels are the shorter ones, and I feel that with Pynchon, while his shorter novels are not considered as "serious" as his longer ones, I found Vineland, Lot 49 and Inherent Vice perhaps just as if not more satisfying than Against the Day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Phenomenal & Beautiful Writing 31. August 2012
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A review just below says slow down and enjoy the ride. I agree, be in no rush, savor each page. This is, it seems to me so far, and I am only into the work for the first hundred pages, a most intricate poem alternately hilarious, brutally revealing, tender, and true. The writing is deeply imaginative, descriptive and poetic. The many characters with unusual and at times hilarious names are real and unique and very human in evoking pathos. It seems this is Phynchon's American love song: beautiful, dark, brutal, tender, tragic and all too human.

Another reviewer says this work represents an artist at his full mature powers. I could not agree more. I look forward to the rest of this novel with great relish. It is really moving for me as a piece of literature. I could not ask for more.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Stepping Stone: Journey's The Thing 12. Juli 2007
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Intending to be a tad reasonable about my zealous fervor for this book, I guessing four stars is more heartfelt than five. I take delight at what can be accomplished in the novel-as-art-form in spite of perhaps misunderstood limitations as opposed to your more conventional concerns such as character development, dramatic or narrative arcs, and pacing. To my surprise, this book contained all those classic elements in spades, as it were; the art, and the craft through which they were made plain is perhaps the most beautiful I've read yet.

I found reading Against the Day pleasing in the way that I had hoped literature could still be. But what I have been most swept away by is the way this novel made me more curious and active in pursuing texts touching on elements this book's plot revolves around. My recommendations, spurred on by almost two readings of AtD are the following:

The Proud Tower - by Barbara Tuchman
Peace To End All Peace - by David Fromkin

Literature, at its best, can make us better at understanding the world we live in. In this respect, Against the Day stands on the shoulders of giants.
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