Mason & Dixon

Mason Dixon The New York Times Best Book of the Year Time Magazine Best Book of the Year Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were the British surveyors best remembered for running the bo
  • Title: Mason & Dixon
  • Author: Thomas Pynchon
  • ISBN: 9780312423209
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mason & Dixon
    The New York Times Best Book of the Year, 1997Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 1997Charles 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 fThe New York Times Best Book of the Year, 1997Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 1997Charles 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, major caffeine abuse We follow the mismatch d 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.
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  • Thomas Pynchon

    Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr is an American writer based in New York City, noted for his dense and complex works of fiction Hailing from Long Island, Pynchon spent two years in the United States Navy and earned an English degree from Cornell University After publishing several short stories in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he began composing the novels for which he is best known today V 1963 , The Crying of Lot 49 1966 , Gravity s Rainbow 1973 , Vineland 1990 , Mason Dixon 1997 , and Against the Day 2006.Pynchon is regarded by many readers and critics as one of the finest contemporary authors He is a MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the National Book Award, and is regularly cited as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature Both his fiction and non fiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, styles and themes, including but not limited to the fields of history, science and mathematics Pynchon is also known for his avoidance of personal publicity very few photographs of him have ever been published, and rumours about his location and identity have been circulated since the 1960s.

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  • What to say or where to start saying things about this book Pynchon s language is unceasingly beautiful Mason and Dixon are as endearing and animated with pure character as any creations you ll meet the book perfectly balances cartoonish absurdity with gently profound melancholy in a rich musical vocabulary the page is to the prose as air is to music played the book is inhabited by dream beings and ghosts and the fantastic, because its realm is pure story story into story into story I would want [...]


  • All Due Regard to LengthLet s get the length of Mason Dixon out of the way first.Lauding fiction on the basis of its maximalism alone might gratify those who derive satisfaction from this one feature of big fat books, but it inevitably deters readers who might enjoy the other merits of the book.I was a little apprehensive about the length of this novel when I began However, the preoccupation with its length obscures what a pleasure it is to read and why.Here, Thomas Pynchon gives us the essence [...]


  • Bored with the Edna St Vincent Millay of Savage Beauty and tired of the endless formality of complete names in Love in the Time of Cholera, I fished Thomas Pynchon s Mason and Dixon out of the box it came in weeks ago Sat down, stirring sugar into the tea I intended to drink while I read, and dropped my spoon.Page 1 What kind of madness is this Oh My God I m tingly No, this is not erotica I don t think I don t know what it is But I think I like it A lot Dear God Is the whole thing like this I ca [...]


  • I have wanted to read this book for a long timed it definitely lived up to anything I could have hoped for Actually, I never could have imagined the novel as it actually exists This is a combination of 18th century history, fantasy, a dollop of things magical and mysterious, a touch of poetry, astronomy and possibly astrology Just about everything is present in this large novel It s grand in all senses of the word.I will acknowledge that this may not be for every reader but those who like an epi [...]


  • Pynchon has been, for me, an acquired taste, but like fine wine, once you acquire it, you wonder how you missed the beauty for so long Sure, there are still moments mostly the jokey ones that I find a bit flat, but here in Mason Dixon, his first work after a long publishing hiatus, Pynchon is at his best It s written in a made up Olde Style of writing it s impossible to do it justice in a review , but it actually works At least it worked for me I found the story utterly engrossing and a real int [...]


  • This is a magnificent novel, immense in its scope It is not an easy read being set in the eighteenth century Pynchon uses the language, idiom and spelling of the day Hence very careful reading is required it is Fielding than Richardson The story involves Jeremiah Dixon and Charles Mason of Mason Dixon line fame and follows them from England to South Africa Transit of Venus to St Helena, on to America to map the aforesaid line, back to Britain and so on Pynchon mixes real historical figures with [...]


  • I am Jeremiah Dixon I am a Geordie boy A glass of wine with you, sir And the ladies I ll enjoy All Durham and Northumberland Is measured up by my own hand It was my fate from birth To make my mark upon the earth.He calls me Charlie Mason A stargazer am I It seems that I was born to chart the evening sky They d cut me out for baking bread But I had other dreams instead This baker s boy from the west country Would join the Royal Society.I was listening to one of my favourite albums of all time Sai [...]


  • Charles Mason 1728 1786 and Jeremiah Dixon 1733 1779 were British astronomers and surveyors, most famous for journeying to North America to resolve the boundary dispute between British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania Their work took four years from 1763 to 1767 and the result became known as the Mason Dixon line, which today stands as the cultural boundary between the northern and southern American states The duo inspired the reclusive Thomas Pynchon to write this novel, which in turn insp [...]


  • This was my favourite Pynchon novel I know most folks will say that Gravity s Rainbow or the accessible The Crying of Lot 49 were his great works, but I felt that MD just was such a beautiful story The coming together of these two most opposite personalities and their adventures across the native forests and rivers and wildernesses that because what we now know as America was compelling and fascinating I was not bored for a minute but rather was entertained and felt buoyed by the 17th 18th Engl [...]


  • Video review youtube watch v NBxFKFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2016 youtube watch v 4X6OQPynchon s most ambitious novel might very well be his masterpiece a flawless pastiche of 18th Century language, compelling characters, wondrous adventures and brainy reflections, everything soaked in Pynchon s trademark mixture of highlow, seriousridiculous, bitternesshope Not especially easy and not a good starting point with Pynchon, but truly a must read if you re into either Pynchon Contemporary [...]


  • Pin onove romane zami ljam kao kofere koji pucaju koliko su prepuni stvari Na carini mu ka u da ih otvore, po to ne tosijana skeneru, i onda posle ne mo e da ih zatvori Sve ono unutra izleti u svet Tako ovde postoje automaton patke sa feti ima, vanzemaljci, d inovska svesna uva, duhovi, kolonizatori napu tenih jedanaest dana, crni pakleni psi, golemi, feng ui d edaji, i mnogo drugog, sa sve Bend aminom Frenklinom koga je struja udarila jedan put previ e i D ord om Va ingtonom kao trajno napu eni [...]


  • To sum it up in two words, Mason Dixon is, overwhelmingly phenomenal Rather than write a review, because how can you review Thomas Pynchon s work The man is a genius, who s depth of vocabulary is out of this world, whose knowledge is so vast it s a wonder he can retain all he knows, and he is one of the most original authors to ever write So here s a top ten list of Mason Dixon, its top ten phenomenal moments if you will 10 The Vroom sisters messing with MasonHere are some lines in which Mason i [...]


  • There was little doubt that I was back in Pynchonland when, scant minutes into reading his Aulde English epic, I encountered a talking dog in mid eighteenth century England as Jeremiah Dixon was becoming acquainted with Charles Mason From thence the jocular surveying pair guided by the gifted, ribald, beautiful prose of Pynchon make wonderful pit stops in South Africa and the bleak island of Saint Helena before landing in the Thirteen Colonies to take up the task of settling the disputed borders [...]


  • One grows suspicious of his literariness when his opinions differ from those of the established literary community While most will tell you thatGravity s Rainbow is Pynchon s finest work, I enjoyed MD the most The contemporary author shows that he s still got it, than 20 years after winning the National Book Award with GV The narrative is much straightforward, though the language takes some getting used to it becomes one of the book s strengths though, and I found myself mimicking it in less f [...]


  • A fantastic book, and an epic story about storytelling I m still vibrating from the last chapter probably the most intimate and beautiful prose Pynchon has written TP loves contrasts Mason Dixon Jesuit Quaker Earth Stars North South America England Slave Master Pynchon is never better than those periods and chapters where he is riffing about the recesses of the unspoken, the paths untaken, the caves unexplored He is able to map the Cartesian coordinate of science and mythology with a language th [...]


  • Cada vez que los top grafos se separan, se topan con espesuras, ci nagas, pesadillas, pero cuando est n juntos avanzan por el aire, est n unidos a las estrellas La novela hist rica m s hist rica que he le do en mi vida Una lecci n de historia impartida por Thomas Pynchon aunque cabe aclarar que hace usos de anacronismos y de la m s pura ficci n, como puede ser un perro que habla Es un libro complejo, algo que es caracter stico en el autor, pero si no se tiene sabido un m nimo del contexto en el [...]



  • Snow Balls have flown their Arcs, starred the Sides of Outbuildings, as of Cousins, carried Hats away into the brisk Wind off Delaware, the Sleds are brought in and their Runners carefully dried and greased, shoes deposited in the back Hall, a stockinged foot Descent made upon the great Kitchen, in a purposeful Dither since Morning, punctuated by the ringing Lids of various Boilers and Stewing Pots, fragrant with Pie Spices, peeled Fruits, Suet, heated Sugar, the Children, having all upon the Fl [...]


  • Uh, Thomas, I tried I read and re read Chapter 23 over the course of three days Now, I admit, alcohol was involved But nevertheless, that has usually accentuated my appreciation of art, not blocked it There were lines which were funny but I couldn t tell who was speaking or where it was If I would ever deign to actually talk to you That s my genius Your, uh, genius Yes, you idiot, haven t you read the other reviews here Indeed I have Is why I wasted an otherwise very readable week Anyone can wri [...]


  • FINISHED I am VICTORIOUS Despite the ridiculous length of time that it took me to finish this, I really enjoyed it It was strange, wacky, funny, confusing, brilliant, and in the end there was a perfect mix of nostalgia, sadness, and grief The only thing that I would really recommend is to not read it on a schedule Do it when you re not watching a clock or trying desperately to finish It s a book that should be explored rather than read Unfortunately I focused on just continuing to turn the pages [...]


  • The genius resident in this mighty and prolifick work is off the charts, lacking borders, bounds and limits Mason Dixon is a picaresque Iliad by a supremely gifted and inventive storyteller The electrick writing on each of the 773 pages is luminous beyond belief The characters are deeply human comick and mystick figures who consistently extend the wit of their banter well beyond the first or second brilliant repartee of each stretch of dialogue The vistos of wild American colonial landscape in b [...]


  • Oh, where to begin with this gem Mason Dixon is Pynchon s most moving novel, a panoramic view of the Enlightenment gone human The author s cozy narration, performed in sometimes anachronistic 18th century vernacular, lends a playful flavor to this buddies tale and enhances the mixed brow humor that makes Pynchon great.As the tale unfolds, as readers we are continually challenged in our preconceptions of the Age of Reason We find the Great Minds of Science and Civilization beyond the eponymous du [...]


  • For those of you with aspirations of writing the great American novel, you may want to find a new goal for the next century or so Mason Dixon was written recently enough that the news may not yet have caught on how long did it take for Moby Dick , so I will tell you now that it is the book Upon finishing Pynchon s novel, I was seized by no desire greater than to turn back and read it again I m not sure why I have thus far resisted, as I don t think that anything I ve read since has affected me a [...]


  • 5.8 6 It was that wonderful, so much than any other book I ve read in I can t remember how long Though not without a human amount of imperfections.I hadn t read Pynchon before, and this isn t the usual place to start However i I d loved the sound of this book ever since I saw press reviews for it, and I got a copy not long after it was released in paperback Yup, I and various removal men have been carting the thing around for fifteen years And by god it was worth it The opening pages are as mag [...]


  • I used to hate Pynchon s novels I d never finished one, putting them down after a few pages feeling confused, irritated and bored Reviewers didn t help Either they were boys thrilled by his postmodern toys ooh,shocking, he makes a dig at Clinton with the joke about not inhaling hacleverha, the narrator is called Rev Cherrycoke or they were acolytes in awe who clearly didn t quite get what he was on about all those postmodern master comments and references to particle physics Interestingly no rev [...]


  • I first read this when it came out in 97 I was 24, soon to be married and working a shit phone survey job I d bring it into work everyday and read as the computer dialed the numbers of strangers for me Fits and starts Hung up on many who answered rather than lose my place I d read all Pynchon to this point and like the rest of the world was ecstatic that he followed the disappointing Vineland with a fat historical tome compleat with strange Spelling and Punctuation Well, I forgot most of the det [...]


  • Further evidence of Pynchon s inimitability a while back, while I was actually reading this, I had the clever and probably misguided idea in the back of my mind to write a review in Mason Dixon s own style I had all the grammatical rules figured out I d capitalize every concrete noun, replace every ic with ick e.g politickal , and apocopate through into thro And so on This seemed like a good idea at the time When I sat down to finally write the damn thing, though, I couldn t get a single sentenc [...]


  • Re read There really aren t words to describe the beauty and genius of Mason Dixon It s the sister novel to GR and everything it is not warm hearted, fuzzy, munificentA blend of Dickens and Twain alchemized through the insane genius of, in my estimation, the greatest and most imaginative writer to ever walk the Earth Don t let the size scare you It s an easy and ridiculously enjoyable romp Pure m a g i c k In the absolute vanguard of the best books ever written and an embarrassment of riches.


  • Not an easy read by any means, but it was fascinating Other reviewers have already said it all The language took a while to get into, to find a reading rhythm It s sweeping, witty, surreal, a complex novel that takes some patience It s quite amazing, a wonderfully gifted writer.



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