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Against Interpretations

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MAN WITHOUT A FACE Pynchon? You're a busy person, what with reading blogs, magazines, Captivate Network, instant messages, e-mail newsletters, the nutritional value labels on potato chip bags, and the use-by date on your A.D.D. medication between watching TV, showering, occasionally spending time with loved ones, and sleeping. You definitely don't have the kind of time needed to read Thomas Pynchon's 1,085 page cinderblock Against the Day.

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Hell, you probably don't even have time to read the reviews of Against the Day. Well, maybe you can make some time in your busy day to read this rundown of Pynchon's reviews, big shot. (And call your mother—she's worried sick.)

Review nuggets after the jump!

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