Surprising that the pothead PI is so timely. Very enjoyable character, who at bottom is a straight arrow while accepting of every kind of person, crook or cop, in his inimitable laid-back weed-softened way.
I went into this expecting the Pynchon of V or at least Vineland, but it's really something different. I still see some Postmodern echoes -- and for me, with Pynchon, that means a sense that there is a way to make sense of everything but it's ever-changing -- but they aren't central. Instead, think of this book as Stoner Hard-Boiled. It's an almost conventional noir novel except that our protagonist is often stoned and always trying to be mellow. It may not be Pynchon at his best, but it takes enormous skill to pull this off. There are some loose ends, but that's part of the genre and it makes room for some of the classic Pynchon questions to seep in.
McLarty is great almost all of the time. His voices lend real color to the book, especially the contrast between the "Flatlander" types like BIgfoot and the stoners like Doc. There are a few places where he loses the difference, though. Doc will start to sound straight when he's conversing with someone who's an even bigger stoner. It's still great work, but McLarty does falter in some of those spots.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
It depends...they're probably equal.
The main character, Larry "Doc" Sportello. He's similar to Lebowski if played by Matthew McConaughey.
He really got the whole vibe of the book and did a good job differentiating between the characters in the novel.
Same as the favorite character question.
The audiobooks is a fun ride. It is similar to most detective novels but with the twist being the time period in which the story takes place.
I was looking forward to listening to this book, but by a third of the way through McLarty lost me. The characters voices blurred, the surf songs are awful - McLarty has a decent voice, but these things are a mess - and the reader can't decide to make this serious or put his toungue in his cheek. So he does neither. After reading all the good reviews of the actual book, I think something got missed in the translation. Take a pass on this.
I thought it was brilliant and pitch-perfect. But I guess I'm in the minority. Think Martin Cruz Smith's parade of Muscovites, not on vodka, but blue cheer.
By far the most accessible of Pynchon's books and really funny. The author has a great ear for the hippy dippy speech of the 70's and the narrator nails it perfectly.
Some humorous dialogue but like...wow man....too much tripping and well. ah.... you know.... got boring after a while....never did finish it....better things to do, man. what was the plot....?
I tried several times to get into this book but it was hard to keep up with I gave up after 8 chapters. I might give it one more try....
This was really bad "Dude". I mean far out bad, "Dude". You have to be on some mean stuff to appreciate this "Dude". I wanted to shoot myself after the first chapter. Thank God the hippy generation is behind us. It is isn't it? How did this ever get the write up in Newsweek that it got? Must have been a payoff on some heavy smack to the author of the article.
I loved this book: it kept me really engaged the whole time, it made me think, and it made me laugh out loud a few times. The narrator's voices fit the characters exactly.