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Pynchon, Thomas

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Gravity's rainbow by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

198 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 4,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American Lieutenant stationed in London during the Blitz has a bizarre ability
The crying of lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

238 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 3,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is considered a postmodernist novel. The protagonist is a woman named Oedipa Maas who, when the novel begins, learns that her former boyfriend, the wealthy Pierce Inverarity, has died and designated her to be the executor of his enormous estate. Inverarity's assets include vast stretches of property, a significant stamp collection, and many shares in an aerospace corporation called Yoyodyne. As Oedipa goes through her late boyfriend's will, aided by a lawyer named Metzger who works for Inverarity's law firm, she learns about a series of secret societies and strange groups of people involved in a sort of renegade postal system called Tristero. [She leaves her husband and heads for Southern California.] She starts seeing ubiquitous cryptic diagrams of a simple horn, a symbol with a seemingly infinite number of meanings. Every clue she uncovers about Tristero and the horn leads haphazardly to another, like a brainstorm, or a free association of ideas. --A.J. at
Vineland by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

111 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the orbits of old acquaintances headed for a less than harmonic convergence in Northern California in 1984
V., a novel by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

249 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 3,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having just been released from the Navy, Benny Profane is content to lead a slothful existence with his friends, where the only real ambition is to perfect the art of "schlemihlhood," or being a dupe, and where "responsibility" is a dirty word. Among his pals--called the Whole Sick Crew--is Slab, an artist who can't seem to paint anything other than cheese danishes. But Profane's life changes dramatically when he befriends Stencil, an active ambitious young man with an intriguing mission--to find out the identity of a woman named V [Victoria Wren], who knew Stencil's father during the war, but who suddenly and mysteriously disappeared
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

76 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 3,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of two 18th century British astronomers who surveyed the boundary which settled a dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was later extended to become the boundary between free and slave states, the Mason-Dixon line. The novel describes their work in Africa and America, and traces their relationship
Inherent vice by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

45 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reluctantly investigating a kidnapping threat against his ex-girlfriend's billionaire beau, Doc Sportello tackles a bizarre tangle of nefarious characters before stumbling on a mysterious entity that may actually be a tax shelter for a dental group
Bleeding edge by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

47 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York City, 2001. Fraud investigator Maxine Tarnow starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO and discovers there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left of the tech bubble
Against the day : [a novel] by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Slow learner : early stories by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

65 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five stories written by the author between 1958 and 1964, four during the author's time in college, providing a glimpse into American life during the late fifties and early sixties
Nineteen eighty-four : a novel by George Orwell( Book )

24 editions published between 1949 and 2016 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by
Fifty years of the American short story : from the O. Henry awards, 1919-1970 by William Miller Abrahams( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from Prize stories
Inherent vice by Thomas Pynchon( Recording )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doc Sportello is bewildered when an ex-girlfriend returns to recruit him in a plot to kidnap a wealthy construction executive. Soon, Sportello finds himself in the midst of a thrilling conspiracy with an undercover cop and a group of dentists who are swindling the IRS
Bleeding edge by Thomas Pynchon( Recording )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left
Deadly sins( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without guilt one can savor these ruminations in which Thomas Pynchon energetically defends Sloth, Mary Gordon discusses the joys of Anger, Gore Vidal shames us into modesty in his commentary on Pride, and John Updike plays devil's advocate on the subject of Lust. And, as if that's not temptation enough, William Trevor begs indulgence as he relishes the excesses of Gluttony, Richard Howard proves well versed on his coveted topic, Avarice, while A.S. Byatt exorcises the green-eyed demons of Envy
1984 : a novel by George Orwell( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satire on the possible horrors of a totalitarian regime in England in 1984
Gravity's rainbow by Thomas Pynchon( Recording )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force
Against the day : a novel by Thomas Pynchon( Recording )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After World War I, some of the people lived greedily, not knowing that disaster was heading their way
The crying of lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon( Recording )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. Oedipa leaves her home and her husband and heads to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs. Pierce, however, did not intend for the job to be an easy one for Oedipa, and soon she becomes ensared in a surreal, hilarious, and puzzling world-wide conspiracy centered around Pierce's strange business partners and dealings
The secret integration by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

8 editions published between 1964 and 1991 in English and Italian and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mortality and mercy in Vienna by Thomas Pynchon( Book )

9 editions published between 1959 and 1991 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mason & Dixon
The crying of lot 49VinelandV., a novelMason & DixonInherent viceAgainst the day : [a novel]Slow learner : early storiesNineteen eighty-four : a novel
Alternative Names
Pinchon, Tomas

Pinchon, Tomas 1937-

Pinčonas Tomas

Pintson, Tomas

Pynchon, Thomas Ruggles 1937-

Pynchon, Thomas Ruggles 1937- Jr

Pynchon, Thomas Ruggles Jr. 1937-

Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon Amerikaans schrijver

Thomas Pynchon amerikanischer Schriftsteller

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Thomas Pynchon novelista estadounidense

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Thomas Pynchon scrittore statunitense

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Tomass Pinčons

Τόμας Πίντσον

Пинчон Томас

Пинчон, Томас 1937-

Пинчон, Томас американский писатель

Пинчон Томас Рагглз

Томас Пинчон

Томас Пинчън

Томас Пінчон

פינצ'ון, תומס

תומאס פינצ'ון

תומאס פינצ'ון מחבר רומנים אמריקאי

توماس بينشون

توماس بينشون روائي أمريكي

توماس پینچن نویسنده آمریکایی

تھامس پنچن

थॉमस पिन्चन

ทอมัส พินชอน

토머스 핀천

핀천, 토마스 1937-

핀천, 토머스 1937-


ピンチョン, T

ピンチョン, トマス

品钦, 托马斯


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