Mason & Dixon

Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, and major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatched pair - one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic - from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.

©1997 Thomas Pynchon (P)2019 Recorded Books

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What the hell just happened?

...Whatever it was, I loved it. No doubt about it, Pynchon is one trippy cat. But his mastery of 18th century English down to the most esoteric colloquialisms—so ably enlivened by Crossley’s Oscar-worthy narration—held my admiration and fascination for hour after often hysterical hour. I can’t say how much actual history the reader/listener will come away with, but I can say you will return from this magical voyage feeling you were actually there, slogging and supping in the esteemed company of Messrs. Mason and Dixon.

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How to do things with words...

This is a brilliantly inventive novel by Thomas Pynchon, full of wonderful characters and outrageous adventures. This novel shows clearly that Pynchon - whoever he is - is very familiar with Britain, British speech, and the eccentricities of British life. At the center of it all is the complex relationship between Mason and Dixon, who can't be together and can't be apart. As usual with Pynchon, science plays a major role in this novel, but it's also a very tender investigation of human relationships. It's also wickedly funny. The reading, by actor Steven Crossley, is well-paced and very enjoyable .

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Typical Pynchon in his element

If you liked Against The Day you’ll like this. If you’re looking for anything baudy or action packed like Gravity’s Rainbow, maybe start there or Inherent Vice

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  • 10-28-19

Maybe a good book

I don't know if this is ultimately a good book or not. it is written in a slightly quirky fashion and the narrator, does not help. I was left completely confused and found the narration irritating to the point of... whatever. have up and returned it. Matt but the book and read it myself in the future.

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