I was lost for most of this book. I suppose if you are into the whole drug scene this may be of interest you. However, I couldn't follow along with the wacked out trips and paranoid delusions of the characters.
This might have been good, but the reader was so bad, both in terms of timing and voices, that I couldn't finish the book. Also, it could have used some serious editing -- the whole thing rambles in a rather self-indulgent, "ain't I so clever in my hippie talk" way.
I got about a third of the way thru, and I'm giving up. Too many characters, too much profanity, a story that goes nowhere. Not enjoyable at all.
Seems to me that Pynchon tried to marry Up in Smoke with Harry Bosch and it just didn't work. The burned out doper routines occurring page after page just became boring and as a result I could never develop a relationship with any of the characters. Finally gave up.
Unless you're a die hard stoner this one will bore you to tears, save the credit.
If I had found this book when I was fourteen I might have enjoyed it, in the same way that teenagers enjoy movies like American Pie. Today, I just found it annoying. Pynchon's grabby prose is designed to impress and bang the author's own drum, not to communicate. In almost every paragraph you can see the pubescent author jumping up and down and shouting, "Hey Ma, look how cool I can write!" It's an annoying and inconsequential book about annoying and inconsequential characters, and for me it was a waste of a credit.
I was so distracted by the hippie hype and the rambling back and forth, I had no idea what was going on. Before the end of the first half, I gave up. Maybe I'm not such a great listener. Maybe if I listen to the rest of the book I will hear how the melange of hype and ramble result in a great listen. Please let me know if the listen is worth the time.
An avid audiobook reader favoring hard boiled fiction, and biographies and memoirs.
I am a long-time Audible listener with a library of hundreds of titles - most of which I have enjoyed. Beware readers this is a dog - whose central character is a stoner detective with no compelling traits -- in search of an old flame who disappeared along with her real estate magnate boyfriend. Simply awful.