Bleeding Edge Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013
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"Thomas Pynchon, America’s greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country’s 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece." (Stuart Kelly Scotsman)
"It’s dense, complex and riotously, ridiculously funny." (Esquire)
"The looming shadow of 9/11 touches every page. Nonetheless, many of those pages are outrageously funny, others are sexy, touchingly domestic, satirical or deeply mysterious. All are brilliantly written in Pynchon’s characteristically revved-up, even slightly over-revved style – a joy to read… Swarms with amazing characters… Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda Washington Post)
"Bleeding Edge, Pynchon’s eighth novel, is the best and most surprising thing he’s written since those great books… The jokes in this novel, incidentally, are superb, with the comic tone perhaps a career high point." (Tim Martin Telegraph)
"Part thriller, part detective story, it’s a vibrant portrait of a city on the cusp of change." (Sonia Juttla Sunday Telegraph)
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...
Longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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The usual Pynchon features are here: the large cast of characters, the learning, the humour, the hipster prose, the paranoid speculations, the grumbles about capitalism, the sentences that go on forever... but there are fewer digressions, fewer allusions and fewer songs than in his best works. (Not that having fewer songs is a bad thing.) Much of the story is told in dialogue and pseudo-dialogue: conversations from which we get the highlights and a summary. This makes it a light, fast read.
Of course, it's about a conspiracy. Some dotcom company with a silly name is up to mysterious, evil things. Pleasingly, this time, the conspiracy is not just paranoia; it doesn't just dissolve as the book moves on. However, it's also not of the global, or even cosmic scope of the conspiracies hinted at in Pynchon's other books. The resolution is also undramatic: the Truth Of It All is revealed sometime before the end, in one of those many conversations (probably in a cafe with a humorous name, I forget).
From the start you know we're moving towards the 11th of September, 2001. If anybody can capture such a day in prose I would expect it to be Pynchon. However, he keeps a respectful distance. When the towers do fall, they do so between paragraphs. When they're gone, when the secrets of the plot have been (partially) exposed in an uneventful fashion, the book reveals itself to be about something else, actually. Something to do with family.Read more ›
The book begins with Maxine walking her sons to school and this domestic setting remains a constant throughout the novel - despite the Russian mobsters, dotcom billionaires, political internet activists, drug smugglers, professional smell experts, codewriters, cop fanciers and other freaks who populate the investigator's working life. (I really liked this aspect of the book - I also really loved Vineland for the father-daughter relationship, though I know it's not most people's favourite Pynchon book.)
The text is absolutely full of jokes - one of my favourites is an invented series of very US-style true-life-story films mentioned in passing: Anthony Hopkins starring in the Mikhael Baryshnikov Story, Leo di Caprio in the Fatty Arbuckle story, etc. Lots of the jokes are popular culture-based - personally I feel that a seventy-six-year-old recluse who knows as much about disco as this, let alone ALL of the other gags which require detailed knowledge of the NOW - should be getting five stars just for KNOWING about the present.Read more ›
If you have heard about Pynchon works prior to this book than you probably know what you can expect from him. His last book is marvelous piece about urban living in the most beautiful city in the world, that fully transfer reader to the years in which the action takes place, making us a part of the turbulent times through which the city was then passing.
The book's main character is Maxine Tarnow who is specialist in fraud investigation business. Due to the fact that her legal license was revoked and due to her private obligations being mom of two small kids, she cannot afford to be at home doing nothing. She began following her own ethics, feeling no guilt hacking into other people's accounts because she has to feed her family. When she will begin dealing with finances of one computer firm she will find herself mixed up with several unpleasant characters that include drug runner, Russian mobsters and hackers. Unfortunately for her, some of them will soon die...
"Bleeding Edge" is good thriller that is well-written, funny and exciting. And although this is the crime book, there are numerous occasions when reader will be smiling reading it. Partly due to the authenticity because it allows reader to remember everything that was happening those years, or due to the ridiculous situations in which the main character participate.
"Bleeding Edge" is type of book that you can start reading again next minute after you read last page.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very clever, amusing and of course somewhat posed dialogue but not beautiful and elegant like Gravitys Rainbow. I felt the ending a bit of an anticlimax. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicholas Toop
The book did arrive in time. There was no problem at all. Everything went smoothly. I do not know what I should wrote more...Published 19 months ago by GT
Typeface too small, gave up on page 20 with a blinding headache.
The endpage states -
A NOTE ABOUT THE TYPE
This text of this book (! Read more
I can't remember who or what tickled me into buying Bleeding Edge (for Kindle) but I'd love to go back and interrogate them. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alan Meban
Not many people know this about me, not many people know much about me at all, in fact, give or take a psychiatrist or two and my late beloved mother, a 'lone wolf' the judge in my... Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Richard Shillam
I hacked through a quarter of it, but it's just too dense and opaque for me. My English teacher would have been disappointed in me!Published on 23 Mar. 2014 by Notmuchtimetoread