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“…yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore, some undrowned Lemuria, risen and redeemed, where the American fate, mercifully, failed to transpire…” (Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice)

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August 24, 2009 - Posted by | books

2 Comments

  1. Mmm, that’s nice. I got the book as a birthday present yesterday. That passage makes me think that it might have a few tricks up its sleeve that The Big Lebowski didn’t already pull.

    Comment by k-sky | August 24, 2009

  2. I just finished this morning. It’s nice, kind of understated — not exactly what we’ve come to expect from a Pynchon novel. It’s not unlike The Big Lebowski, but it does have other things to offer.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | August 24, 2009


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