Against the day: [a novel]
With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.
The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx.
As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them. Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction.
Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck.
- Thomas Pynchon
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|Grouping Title||against the day|
|Grouping Author||pynchon thomas|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-06-19 22:47:36PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-06-19 23:48:38PM|
|available_at_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||A tale spanning the years between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the end of World War I features characters who are caught up in such events as the labor troubles of Colorado, the Mexican revolution, and the heyday of silent-movie Hollywood.|
|isbn||159420120, 9780143112563, 9780224080958, 9781101594667, 9781594201202|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000734967|Book|Books||English|Penguin Press,|2006.|1085 pages ; 25 cm, overdrive:2cddc475-85fd-4f61-a1d9-c79ee3b893dc|eBook|eBook||English|Penguin Publishing Group|2012||
|subject_facet||Disasters -- Forecasting -- Fiction, Experimental fiction, Historical fiction, Psychological fiction|
|title_display||Against the day :|
|title_full||Against the Day, Against the day : [a novel] / Thomas Pynchon|
|title_short||Against the day :|
|topic_facet||Disasters, Fiction, Forecasting, Literature|