v .. Proverb of research (review) – books

When a novel is the subject of a review, the first or second paragraphs are usually a brief summary of the novel. A summary, it should be added, often what a reader can find is copied on the back cover, but it’s hard to blame anyone for this – after all, spoilers are rarely liked by anyone, and these can quickly creep into an in-depth account of events . In case Fifth. However, there is no doubt about it – even if I describe every adventure that met the heroes of Thomas Pynchon’s debut, a potential recipient wouldn’t find out much before reading it.

Where does this belief come from? Well, this novel has many possible beginnings and endings. Is port brawl the right way to start? Or maybe a New York alligator hunt? Correction process loafer nose? Spy skirmishes in Italy or Egypt? As is often said in the context of this book which is under sixty years old, is it really The Quest for V.? And if so, who or she: Valeria, Victoria, Malta Valletta or perhaps a common symbol of victory? Or maybe just something indefinable?

There are more questions than answers – and not just before reading. Pynchon makes crazy narrative voltages, constantly changing the time and place of work, and it’s up to the reader to figure out how the current relates to the antecedent or the subsequent. This means that the author is not at all interested in creating a sense of coherence or logical continuity in this story. Yes, it indicates that the whole thing is a great spy game, but it does not explain anything else: who plays it with whom, what it is about, what will be the end of it – these are the next questions that in Fifth. Only vague answers can be found.

Let’s go further: in his obscurity, the appearance of a Pynchon requires a very high degree of concentration. This is not reading for the train or the beach – just lose your focus for a moment and seven new heroes will appear over the next five pages, each of whom will play an important role in current and future events. The American has created a strange microcosm of dozens of characters with intertwined pasts, even the most confusing relationships and always unclear goals, and trying to remember all the details associated with it is far beyond the difficulty of an ordinary reading task. And even more so because, as I mentioned, everything can change from one chapter to the next as in the Kaleidoscope.

Why do I devote so much space to what Fifth. not? Well, because the answer to this question is very easy, and vice versa, “What is it?” – You can’t actually. If I were to try, I’d say it’s an attempt to shut down life in a novel with the least dose of literary treatment. My closest association is the work of Henry Miller, first of all sex And Tropic of Cancer: Both American books are saucy, both look like absurd humor, both often hit rock bottom, both seem deeply immersed in their contemporary world, and neither follows a clear plot path; Their stories just happen, and their beginnings and endings are completely arbitrary.

Moreover, there are significant differences between them: Where is the author The Rosary and the Crucifixion Primarily based on autobiographical threads, Pynchon attempts to create a more universal story, one that transcends individual experiences, yet may seem to hold a particular lesson. Although it is so fragmented and full of events that it does not seem to have much in common at first glance, it is Fifth. It can be considered a twisted example of human destiny – this is a very difficult and complex, almost unknown quest, where everything is an obstacle. Literally everything. Each of us is a young Stencil who has been searching for many years to find V. Who – what about him? – He knows nothing, and one day he will become the old stencil, passing the torch to the next generation.

Fifth. It is not a novel to begin with on a dull spring evening, when the blue sky is suddenly covered with dark clouds. It’s a difficult text to read and interpret, and requires focus not only when following the plot, but also in order to piece together the clues hidden in both the opening and final chapters of this massive – though often forged – story. Can the truth of life be hidden in the port battles, the riots in the streets of Florence, the bombing of Valletta and the crocodile hunt? You have to discover it for yourself.

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