The legendary author of V and Gravity's Rainbow is back with a taut, psychedelic yarn, about the sixties, featuring private eye Doc Sportello...
Read the cult classic behind the major new film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin.
Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon - private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog.
It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that 'love' is another of those words going around at the moment, like 'trip' or 'groovy', except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.
In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait, is it...
“Hilarious and thought-provoking”
London Review of Books
“Brilliant and brain boggling by turns”
“Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties”
“The greatest, wildest author of his generation”
“The intellectual game-play is characteristically dazzling...colourful and pleasurable”
“You don't have to have been there; if you're willing, he'll take you there”
Michael Carlson, Spectator
“The pioneering work in a genre you'd have to call psychedelic Noir ...Who writes sentences as beautiful as Pynchon?”
Sam Leith, Daily Mail
“Pynchon leaves the rest of the American literary establishment at the starting gate...the range over which he moves is extraordinary, not simply in terms of ideas explored but also in the range of emotions he takes you through”
“The most important and mysterious writer of his generation”
“A warm and joyous read. There is softness about this book, but also a tinge of melancholy”
Billy Oâ??Callaghan, Irish Examiner