Slow Learner

Slow Learner

Early Stories

Book - 1985
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Thomas Pynchon's literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, V., but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to Slow Learner the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era in which the stories were written. Time magazine described this introductory essay as Pynchon's first public gesture toward autobiography.
Publisher: Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown, 1985, c1984
ISBN: 9780316724432
Characteristics: 193 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Pynchon, Thomas


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Oct 31, 2013

The short story feels at odds with the capaciousness, sprawl and ambition of most of Pynchon's work. These 5 stories are from the 50s & 60s and, while not particularly memorable, they are interesting compared to what would come later. The best part is the short introduction from the author, who is notoriously private, but comes across as engaging, low-key and almost normal.

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