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Bleeding Edge Hardcover – 17 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224099027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224099028
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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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Pynchon's books generally remind me of rollercoasters: wild, thrilling rides that, ultimately, don't go anywhere. I don't mean this as a criticism: the fun is in the journey, not the plot resolution. This book, however, moves in a more linear fashion, more like a standard thriller.

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.
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Bleeding Edge tells the story of Maxine Tarnow, former-certified-accountant-turned-fraud-investigator. Tarnow is hired by a whole series of recognisably Pynchonesque clients, in a series of possibly connected, mostly-computer-world-related, cases in a swirling Manhattan just prior to September 11 2001. And whilst you won't be surprised to learn that you never really find out 'whodunnit', the book is an EXTREMELY entertaining read.

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.
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For years, I've kept spare copies of The Crying of Lot 49 in a box to be pressed into the hands of anyone who hasn't read it. If anything, Bleeding Edge is the world of Oedipa Maas forty years on, admittedly on the other side of America. The energy, the savagery and the droll takes on the world of New York between the dot com boom and the financial collapse (with 9/11 in between) make this the definitive version of that era. Yes, there are chronological tricks played with the wicked benefit of hindsight, but such is Pynchon's intellectual power that one can almost imagine that he had predicted everything. This novel is immensely approachable, and those who have been dissuaded in the past by Pynchon's learning (and joy in displaying it) could find themselves surprised. Many lesser writers have been awarded the Nobel Prize - and I'd relish Pynchon not turning up to receive that award were the Swedes to give him his due.
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"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon is story about New York City twelve years ago, that begins after the dotcom crisis and goes through to a several months after the 9/11 happened. And if you love New York City than you should read this book, because I can remember only few books that portrayed it so well.

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.
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