>>7334537 Tackle it again a few years down the line and maybe take notes along the way. Pynchon can feel really clunky if you don't know what to expect. TCoL49 is a good start but I don't see it as enough preparation when tackling his doorstoppers, honestly.
>>7334569 I guess it's just a case of acquired taste. For me, I wanted to see how off the wall his works really were and (rather cockily) I thought I should tackle Gravity's Rainbow. When I finished it, I felt relieved and frustrated, but I also enjoyed many aspects of it (Thomas Pynchon has a way with abstract metaphors and playful language that can take over for the next ten pages which really interested me, as well as his ability to create such a wide range of characters). It's not for everyone, so it's okay if you didn't enjoy V., but a lot of people seem to click with Pynchon more a second time around.
Pynchon is a great author but don't let /lit/ fool you into thinking that every single paragraph in his books is a carefully-planned work of genius.
His books have great passages but are also filled with bullshit, messing around, filler, and other writing that is the literary equivalent of doodling random designs and cowboys on your paper in math class.
Out of the Ruggles I have read I think IV>TCOL49>V
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