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Mason Dixon ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ Mason Dixon By Thomas Pynchon ✪ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk MASON DIXON T Pynchon Encyclopdia Universalis Mason Dixon Deux noms propres relis par un une esperluette l'ancienne Il s'agit des deux Anglais ue la Couronne expdia en dans ses colonies d'outre Atlant Mason Dixon T Pynchon Encyclopdia Universalis Mason Dixon Deux noms propres relis par un une esperluette l'ancienne Il s'agit des deux Anglais ue la Couronne expdia en dans ses colonies d'outre Atlantiue afin d'y tracer la ligne de dmarcation ui porterait plus tard leur nom et ui aprs avoir spar la Pennsylvanie du Maryland allait tre virtuellement prolonge jusu'au Pacifiue consacrant la Mason Dixon de Thomas Pynchon Grand Format Livre Philadelphie br En visite chez sa sœur le Rvrend Cherrycoke entreprend de raconter ses neveux les aventures de deux astronomes anglais Charles Mason et Jeremiah Dixon ui vingt cin ans plus tt avaient t chargs par la Royal Society d'observer au Cap le passage de vnus Mason 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10 thoughts on “Mason Dixon

  1. Geoff Geoff says:

    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 it to go on forever but it ends in the most perfect stretch of pages; I’ll uote another Goodreads reviewer “Thomas Pynchon just broke my heart”; it stayed with me when it was closed and I mentioned Mason and Dixon as people to people I spoke to; I went to the Atlantic Ocean this really happened three days ago and saw a sign for a trailer park right as we crossed the border into the Delaware marshes when the sunset was lighting them all on fire that read “Mason Dixon”; secret thrills were given me because I was born and raised in the Old Line State; it perfectly caught like lightning bug light that feeling we have when under the night sky and the stars are bright and numberless and that reminds us of all the space out there for dying or forgetting or for thinking of ages past or passing; because it was long it felt like reading lifetimes; because it had such depth I lost myself in concentrating on it; it is a perfect novel about friendship; I came across passages of staggering beauty abutting slapstick buffoonery; the book is geminiacal bipolar its fabric is opposites twins mates the vast or minuscule space that acts as their boundaries and borders what separates their bodies and separately gives them form and identity; it is a loping collouy between Faith and its mate Reason Free Will and its mate Fate; I read in it that I should make my way West to go with the day with Time maturation aging having children the coming of the next generation the slow fading and dispersal at sunset and East if I wish to go against the day into the past toward morning the smokeless altars of memory to youth where we can’t ever stay for long because the terrain has started to go missing there is less firm land under foot to hold and lift us and our Lines must again resume their inexorable Westerly course


  2. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    All Due Regard to LengthLet's get the length of Mason Dixon out of the way firstLauding 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 bookI 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 whyHere Thomas Pynchon gives us the essence of both challenging and rewarding literature but on a grand scale immaculate sentence construction authentic world building engaging story telling and belletristic narrative metaheterogeneity all delivered with a sustained Rabelaisian energy and sly uixotic eroticism Write on TomUp to His Usual MischiefWhatever the intellect that went into the construction of this fiction it's still and always a joy to read This is what for me differentiates Pynchon from his peers He's fun playful cheeky mischievous sometimes even outrageousFrom time to time his work might be matched by John Barth and Robert Coover but you have to uestion whether the sheer literary inventiveness of Pynchon's oeuvre as a whole book for book could ever be surpassed by any of the other Post Modern American poster boys the ones who continually and hyperblurbally get wheeled out as the Greatest Writer or the Greatest Sentence Fabricator of their Generation somebody please remind me why we're always being told who is the Greatest andor Longest by white male pundits discoverers spruikers list makers proclaimers and long lost book club members when perhaps the word favourite would doSometimes it's the way you praise Caesar that buries himSurface BreakdownYes it feels like you're holding a compact brick at first It's just over 770 pages long but there are 78 chapters of or less 10 pages each Hence you can read and digest each one uite uickly Immediately you want to move onto the next like links in a chain No sooner would I look at the page number than I would find I'd read 40 or 50 pages Pretty soon I was trying to finish 100 pages a dayIt Was Fun While It LastedThe language is that of the late 18th century Sentences are long but neatly divided by commas and dashes into phrases and clauses that propel you alongOnce you get into the rhythm of the writing you forget about its archaisms and you start to recognise and enjoy the abundant wit and humour It's fun in anybody's time space and language As Pynchon conveys in verse ItwasfunWhile it lastedAnd it lasteduite a whileIn other words maximalism is better served with merriment and whimsy than earnestness and self absorptionThe Mason and Dixon LineYou don't have to know anything about Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to appreciate the novel Eually if you learned about them at school and don't want to know any then the novel can still be entertainingThroughout its expanse the Mason and Dixon Line is an extended metaphor for the artificial boundaries that divide and conuer people To rule forever it is necessary only to create among the people one would rule what we callBad History Nothing will produce Bad History directly nor brutally than drawing a Line in particular a Right Line the very Shape of Contempt through the midst of a People to create thus a Distinction betwixt 'emWhen England colonised America its proprietorial approach to the Earth enclosure on the inside exile on the outside made a transition to its new coloniesMason and Dixon embarked from a still uarrelsome Royal Society in London to solve a boundary dispute between two of the American colonies by using their combined skills in astronomy and surveyingTheir solution still stands even though they developed it shortly before the American War of IndependenceWhile it consisted of lines barriers and separation ironically their experience of America was uite the oppositeInfinite WildernessWhat they and through them Pynchon admire about America is the fact that at the time it was a wilderness that offered infinite challenges and opportunitiesThus at its heart Mason Dixon documents Pynchon's love affair with America It's a Baroue hymn to the majesty and wonder of a native unspoiled America Gravity's Rainbow witnessed Americans discovering the Europe of World War II In contrast Mason Dixon consists of two Englishmen exploring and mapping AmericaThe story might be set in the past but what Pynchon finds appealing is those parts of the past that are still reflected in the present Thus this is eually a love story about the America of the present and the parts of it that have transitioned or survived from its pastSeparated Not by a Line but an AmpersandWhile there's a long list of characters Pynchon primarily tells his tale through the eponymous Mason and Dixon as witnessed and related by an untrustworthy Remembrancer nevertheless possessed of Authorial Authority the Reverend Wicks Cherrycoke They commence as strangers occasionally have their disagreements maintain their distance they could not cross the perilous Boundaries between themselves although at the end Mason Dixon are separated only by an ampersand become rather fond of each other in an English public school boy way and end up resolving to become old Geezers together When finally one is the first to die of old age the other's son excuses his father's sentimental response It's your Mate It's what happens when your Mate diesThe Stars Are So CloseFor all their differences Mason and Dixon are joined by their experience of the American wilderness For them it was an adventure albeit one that took them away from their families for extended periods of time as does reading the novelNevertheless their sense of wonder was infectious and their children inherited it via their fathers' fantastic story telling In the end it's their children who reiterate to them The Stars are so close you won't need a Telescope The Fish jump into your Arms The Indians know Magick We'll go there We'll live there We'll fish there And you tooThis is an America that above all inspires the imagination it's a canvas upon which to paint a picture a sheet of paper upon which not just to draw lines but to write words and map out visionsAgainst the Great Wind of OblivionPynchon captures and verbalises these fantasies so that they don't just die an ephemeral death How much shapely Expressionis simply fading away upon the Air out under the Door into the Evening and the Silence beyondWhy not pluck a few words from the multitudes rushing toward the Void of forgetfulness? Words which else would have been lost forever to the great Wind of OblivionAt the same time that the novel eulogises America it suggests that there's something greater than one nation alone Mason and Dixon is concerned with transition the Transit of Venus the transmission of values from one country to another what occurs between two peoples the last ferry ride across the River Styx Betwixt themselves neither feels British enough any nor uite American for either Side of the Ocean They are content to reside like Ferrymen or Bridge keepers ever in a Ubiuity of Flow before a ceaseless Spectacle of TransitionA Great Tangle of LinesThis is the dual significance of the lines that they draw latitude and longitude represent a flow a ch'i an energy force There is much wiseuackery and semi jocular allusion to ley lines meridians and feng shui not to mention talking dogs flying pigs and mechanical ducks Mason and Dixon step out of the Perimeter into the Wildlur'd by promises of forbidden Knowledge in the Care of an inscrutable DruidEarth withal is a Body like our own with its network of Points dispos'd along its Meridians much like the Human body where the flow of Chee may be beneficially strengthen'd by insertions of Gold NeedlesThere is also freuent intimation that Native Americans know something that the Europeans might never What in the Holy Names are these people about?Is it something in this Wilderness something ancient that waited for them and infected their Souls when they came?We on the other hand might have lost touch with our past and our ancestors We need to learn how to draw the line between them again only a line that joins people rather than separating them there may ever continue than one life line back into a Past we risk each day losing our forebears in forever not a Chain of single Links for one broken Link could lose us All rather a great disorderly Tangle of Lines long and short weak and strong vanishing into the Mnemonick Deep with only their Destination in commonFugitive as in a DreamFor Mason and Dixon there are no grand egotistical dreams of wealth and fame although you share their frustration at being locked out of membership of the Royal Society Theirs is a much modest manifestation of liberty We wish'd but for a middling LifeForever in betwixtThe claims of Lust and DutySo intricately mix'd To reach some happy MediumFleet as a golden BeamUncharted as St Brendan's IsleFugitive as a DreamMason and Dixon are fugitives from arbitrary lines boundaries barriers distinctions divisions divisivenessUltimately this is why Mason Dixon is not just a story about the 18th century but an allegory for todayview spoilerFRAGMENTS OF A LIBRETTO FOR AN OPERA BUFFAThe Transit of VenusIn the Words of PynchonThrough our whole gazing livesVenus has been a tiny Dot of LightGoing through phases like the MoonEver against the black face of EternityBut on the day of this TransitAll shall suddenly reverse As she is caught dark embodiedSolid against the face of the Sun A Goddess descended from Light to MatterSouvenirs of SkanderoonAfter PynchonHashish and Turkish delightMinarets and palms at nightMuezzin's tunes and low divansCrescent moons and caravansThe Hellfire ClubAfter PynchonOrange girls and ale potsBeggars and buskers tooAll gaming in the dirtWe'll one day come to rue Our object was to flirtThe girls laughed long atThe piuance of our motsStill we lost slacks and shirtPurses wafted awayWhile outside for a suirtAdynaton Inspired by a Flying PigAfter and in the Words of PynchonStrangers heed my wise adviceNever pay the retail priceUntil pigs start an airlineCrewed by avionic swineThe Sound of MusickIn the Words of PynchonFrom behind the doors of TavernsCame the cries of SailorsAnd the jingling and Drone Of the Musick that pleases themLor Love a Duck It’s the MissusLet me tell you a TaleOr is it a Canard?Of Doctor Vaucanson'sRare mechanickal duckIts maker no mere uackDevised for it GratisAnd for a SpectacleSome fine ApparatusOutrageously Life LikeRude and ErotickalIt didn't take long to Develop a PassionNow he gets Up and OnNot just Down off his duckGet My Continental Drift?Hey diddle diddleOo la la zoot cheroot And toot ma fluteA continental ladyMight be tres mignon orVery cute but she'd stillBe a riddle to meThese Foolish Things Remind Me of RebekahIn the Words of PynchonMoving waterThe rock AbyssesAnd MountainsidesLeaves in the windAnnouncing a StormShadows of wrought IronworkUpon a wallThe kissing crustsOf new baked loavesSOUNDTRACKMark Knopfler Sailing To Philadelphia Scallon Le Gentil the Transit of Venus bass playing Clapton Suture Self Devoto Rainy Season Stratford 4 Rebeccaörk HyperballadIn Iceland we don’t go to church we go for a walk and sing at the top of our lungsThere’s a sacredness that comes with this landscapehttpwwwindependentcoukarts ent hide spoiler


  3. Paul Paul says:

    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 reuired; it is Fielding than Richardson The story involves Jeremiah Dixon and Charles Mason of MasonDixon 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 fantastic creations oddities rumour and myth and in the centre of it all is the portrayal of a friendship in the form of a glorified road movie The narrator is a Revd Wicks Cherrycoke an offbeat and slightly disreputable clergyman The choice of names is truly amazing anyone met a Mrs Eggslap?Historical figures slip in and out of the story; Boswell and Johnson towards the end Washington our heroes smoke pot with him Jefferson Maskelyne Astronomer Royal and something of a villain Franklin and Emerson to name a few The odd and fantastic populate the pages with some abandon There is a museum devoted to the War of Jenkins Ear 1739 I remember this from A level history; complete with ear A talking dog pops up on several occasions as does a talking mechanical duck The Lambton worm even makes an appearanceThis is a people’s history and Pynchon draws in all levels of society including slaves and Native Americans and all have a contribution America seems full of Jesuits and the Chinese There is much musing on religion life after death Mason sees the ghost of his wife Feng Shui I kid you not lots of Astronomy as you would imagine suggestions of alien abduction myth from a variety of cultures The part concerning the giant vegetables reminded me of the Biblical story of the promised land flowing with milk and honey where everything grew prolifickally Normal human activities also take their place; there is plenty of drinking carousing fighting cooking eating sex seduction and lots and lots of coffeeThe language is stunning and the start of the book is beautiful “Snowballs have flown their Arcs starr’d the Side of Outbuildings” and so on Some of the phrasing can be surprising and very clever “imps of apprehension” Pynchon asks lots of interesting philosophical uestions; there is a passage about enlightenment and trees linking Adam and Eve Buddha and Newton A mere review cannot do this justice and eventually probably when I retire I will have to read it againAt heart it’s a simple tale of two friends and the birth of a nation narrated by Cherrycoke very American and laced with fantastical humour and philosophical musings


  4. J J says:

    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 spoonPage 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 can’t tell if I love it or hate it If it goes on this way till the end I may come to loathe itPage 773 Yes This thus far lovely torture is intended to continue And yes I read the last page What of it? With writing like this I’m unlikely to remember it than seven hundred pages from now anywayFirst sentence I kid you not Snow balls have flown their Arcs starr’d 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 stocking’d 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 peel’d Fruits Suet heated Sugar the Children having all upon the Fly among rhythmic slaps of Batter and Spoon coax’d and stolen what they might proceed as upon each afternoon all this snowy Advent to a comfortable Room at the rear of the House years since given over to their carefree AssaultsI am speechless


  5. Sue Sue says:

    I have wanted to read this book for a long timeand 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 wordI will acknowledge that this may not be for every reader but those who like an epic enjoy historical fiction with the add ons I mention above will have a reading experience unlike any other If you read through my status updates you will get a flavor of the dialect used and some of the story I really can't give you adeuately a taste of the outrageous humor and vignettes sprinkled throughout this novel but believe me some of them are laugh out loud funny Particularly the duck Anyone who has read Mason Dixon will never forget this very different fowlThe vision of international and American colonial history immediately prior to the revolution is fascinating What else is there to say Well I made the decision early on to read the book slowly and this worked well for me Some sections read uickly than others and I read this in company with other books I came to look forward to returning to it and picking up Charles and Jeremiah's journeys to track the Transit of Venus to perform various surveys and then for their ultimate task the line that is still marked and which I recall crossing on a trip several years agoThis is highly recommended to those who enjoy an epic with a very definite difference


  6. Jen Jen says:

    From the vault of James O IncandenzaThe Fantastical Fractionated by a Freudian Feng Shui Liaison of Lines Year of the Character Limit Neural Prosthetic Alert Device Mixed Martial Arts Eschaton tournament expressing ideological hostilities along lines of rational and romantic interest taking place in assiduously reconstructed and still highly flammable library of Alexandria wcolor commentary from Rev Wicks Cherrycoke uantum Superposition of Joe Rogan Deep Within Blackbox Sensory Deprivation Chamber Joe Rogan and The Human Torch Johnny Storm Joe Rogan; 35mm; running length approximate to the amount of time necessary for a sole victor to emerge; full color w visceral olfactory enhancement courtesy of accompanying scratch and sniff anatomical figurine; full sound with live orchestra performing O Fortuna; conducted by Venerabilis Inceptor aka Doctor Invincibilis Sir William of Ockham Filmed before a live studio audience consisting of one half louacious emotionally incontinent spoken word poetry addicts and one half abstraction addled lugubrious pure mathematics professors all armed with climbing pitons; later distributed through samizdat style Zip drives; by former disgruntled employees of the Kellogg’s corporation who were fed up with the myth of breakfastOrchestra commences on signal from gentle bratwurst susurrus“O Fortunelike the moonyou are changeableever waxingever waning;hateful lifefirst oppressesand then soothesplaying with mental clarity;povertyand powerit melts them like ice”Reverend Cherrycoke uantum Superposition of Joe Rogan Deep Within Blackbox Sensory Deprivation Chamber Joe Rogan is wheeled into officiating position by several muscular individuals wearing only executioner hoods and athletic cups Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Mark William Calaway Jocko Willink Gene Lebell played by David Hasselhoff Obsidian sensory deprivation chamber looms An unsettling obelisk Its shadow bifurcating the gladiatorial spectaclePan to melee on library floor Benjamin Franklin Stellan John Skarsgård executes flying arm bar on Alfred Lord Tennyson Tim Curry who is heard above the din to say “Fye Thee to Timbuktu Wretched Lech” Before his arm bends impossibly with a sickening crack “Break Break Break” Screeching like a grave wight and pantomiming actions with injured arm resembling deboned fish Nearby Alexander Pushkin Hugh Jackman roars into the fray and discombobulates Walt Whitman Sean Connery who he mistook for Karl Marx Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane Body Doubled by Martin Bayfield with a vicious running lariat to the back of the neck sending the man sprawling to the Bibliotheca’s floor like a sack of pubic cement Sensing his mistake Pushkin Jackman veers into housings of ancient papyrus in bizarre act of contritionRevered Cherrycoke SJRDWBSDC JR If our ontological commitments are to remain commensurate with the progress of scientific reasoning we must hereby renounce all boundaries as purely arbitrary fictions For is it not the case that all matter is a result of fluctuations in fields which permeate space like a cosmic mandolin? And we condensed forms of vibrational virtuosity represent fixed oscillations of catgut seemingly discrete but actually continuous with the whole of the universe’s beautiful melody Tis only our amplitudes and only for a short while at that which peaks here and now A stubbornly persistent illusion of solidity wouldn’t you say Mr Storm?The Human Torch Johnny Storm Joe Rogan “The blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned” Hahahahahaha“Fate – monstrousand emptyyou whirling wheelyou are malevolentwell being is vainand always fades to nothingshadowedand veiledyou plague me too;now through the gameI bring my bare backto your villainy”Wordsworth Patrick Stewart and Thomas Jefferson Mario Lopez tumble to the ground and engage in a Brazilian Jujitsu chess match with Wordsworth Stewart trying and failing to secure a triangle choke opting instead for an attempted arm bar Lopez with great strength and arguably an unfair advantage in terms of age and wrestling background lifts Wordsworth Stewart from the floor and slams him violently back down knocking over a brazier in the process Hot coals tumbling Emily Dickinson Maureen Ponderosa Catherine Reitman having been scalded by embers shouts mysterious invective “Hooptitously Drangle Me In Crinkly Brundlewurddles” Losing concentration and receiving a radium enriched spinning back fist from Marie Curie Ronda RouseyRevered Cherrycoke SJRDWBSDC JR And so here we are both discrete and continuous as we are persuaded most ardently to believe by the mystifying results of the Double Slit Experiments And yet do we not consider ourselves a Doric column of stability? Do we not parse our experience as like unto peas and not potatoes of the mashed variety? This systemic error that we commit a heuristic which delineates the objects of the world with a paucity of perceptThe Human Torch Johnny Storm Joe Rogan using his combustive body to light a duBois starts violent reaction with particulates in the air“Fate is against mein healthand virtuedriven onand weighted downalways enslavedSo at this hourwithout delaypluck the vibrating strings;since Fatestrikes down the strongeveryone weep with me”This book is Pynchon making sweet love to the primeval wilderness of America afore the people fully discharged their Cartesian climax across the face of her doe eyed map in a bukkake balkanization sesh ‘Ole Tom is diving deep into primordial waters with his gooch clenched tightly with eukaryotic enthusiasm while maintaining along the taint a stiff prokaryotic posture Examining the nature of boundaries and their porousness This is Pynchon doling out such perfect prose that if you’re one to ensconce your favorite little ditties in neon mnemonics will have your book resembling the aftermath of a Crayon Krakatoa How someone can manage to produce a work of such mirth mayhem and melancholy without it collapsing like a failed chimera with an orangutan’s face where its pelvic bowl should be I can’t begin to say Though my running theory is that it’s a result of monozygotic magic in which having reabsorbed the spiritual essence of his potential sibling Tom was able to bedevil Beelzebub with a twofer and thus gain the suare of a normal bargain Pynchon in addition to bringing the big dick maximalist energy to his work is also not afraid to do what is unthinkable to many of the cock diesel chordate phylum who relieve themselves by encephalizing a book until the binding girth is sufficient to delimit the realms of Middle Earth be entertaining Tom is nuttier than a fucking mud bug and nary a bit shy about displays of eroticism so egregious that it has left certain Victorian sexualities so seminally scarred that they’ve took to eating cat food huffing glue and chugging beer in ritualized uantities in a sad attempt to regain a cerebral chastity long absconded If you enjoy gorgeous writing then this 18th centuryidiosyncratic styled work of genius will wallop you with every page and would be worth the price of admission just for the prose experience alone But if you also love absurd humor Amazing characterization Deep metaphors entwined with dick jokes And moving experiences which will stay with you long after you’ve lost control of your bladder Then in the immortal words of a stranger who once said to me after seeing me eating a giant chocolate chip cookie “Buddie get’che a bite ‘o the middle ‘ats where it’s at”


  7. Michael Michael says:

    Pynchon has been for me an acuired taste but like fine wine once you acuire 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 intellectual joyride


  8. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    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 17th18th English syntax it helped me escape and feel I was watching the story as an omniscient observer In terms of narrative it is one of the most straightforward of Pynchon's works and believe me that is saying something for one of this length and has a great host of characters and high flying adventures of all sorts Perhaps if you have never read Pynchon this one may be too big a chunk to chew on for the first time perhaps Lot 49 would be appropriate but once you have that one and or GR under your belt don't deprive yourself of the joy of reading MasonDixon


  9. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    Mason Dixon is a Christmas storySnow 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 Fly among rhythmic slaps of Batter and Spoon coaxed and stolen what they might proceed as upon each afternoon all this snowy Advent to a comfortable Room at the rear of the House years since given over to their carefree Assaults This Christmastide of 1786 with the War settled and the Nation bickering itself into Fragments wounds bodily and ghostly great and small go aching on not every one commemorated— nor too often even recountedYes Mason Dixon is a Christmas tale and as every magnificent Christmas tale should be it is full of adventures festivity merriment mysteries and miraclesWhen Brae once and only once made the mistake of both gasping and blurting “Oh Aunt— were you in a Turkish Harem really?” ’twas to turn a giant Tap “Barbary Pirates brought us actually’s far as Aleppo you recall the difficult years of ’eighty and ’eighty one— no of course you couldn’t— Levant Company in an uproar no place to get a Drink Ramadan all year ’round it seem’d— howbeit— ’twas at the worst of those Depredations that I took Passage from Philadelphia upon that fateful Tide the Moon reflected in Dock Creek the songs of the Negroes upon the Shore disconsolate—” Most of her Tale disguis’d artfully as traveler’s Narrative prov’d uite outside the boundaries of the Girl’s Innocence as of the Twins’ Attention— among the Domes and Minarets the Mountain peaks rising from the Sea the venomous Snakes miracle mongering Fakeers intrigues over Harem Precedence and Diamonds as big as a girl’s playfully clench’d fist ’twas Inconvenience which provided the recurring Motrix of Euphrenia’s adventures among the Turks usually resolv’d by her charming the By standers with a few appropriate Notes from her Oboe— upon which now in fact her Reed shap’d and fitted she has begun to punctuate her brother Wicks’s Tale with scraps of Ditters von Dittersdorf transcriptions from uantz and the Scamozzetta from I GluttoniBut Thomas Pynchon recounts Christmas stories his own way so all the escapades and mishaps are peculiarly edgyEvery incredible tale even the tallest one boasts its modicum of truth however


  10. Stian Stian says:

    Reread from 1 July 14 July 2018 This time around the silly puns and references like Bill Clinton's non inhaling and whatnot though funny took the back seat to the delightful atmosphere and remarkable writing This book is a rollicking fun and just absolutely refreshingly charming novel Nevermind all the fun and hilarious puns and situations and ridiculous and fantastical things that occur not to mention all the historical characters that obviously and necessarily appear in historically distorted ways all of which are hilarious and great and wonderful here Pynchon evokes smells and images and feelings of coffee tea stuffed and smoke filled pubs and bars filled with various and diverse characters and charlatans and sailors and humans and talking dogs and werewolves and humans turned into aggressive beavers winter and Christmastime spices and herbs summer and discovery reminding one of Ishmael's uote As for me I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts ; the atmosphere of dreary journeys across both the seas and of various landscapes followed by the magical moments of arrival and reprieval before further hardships described in the greatest prose I have come across as only Pynchon can write a glorious novel about friendship and memory and love and life where the essential undertone appears to be don’t take any of this seriously because none of us gets out of this alive This enchanting novel is the first one that pops into my head when people ask me “what’s the best book you have ever read?” Original review from 2014 below I am Jeremiah DixonI am a Geordie boy A glass of wine with you sirAnd the ladies I'll enjoyAll Durham and Northumberland Is measured up by my own hand It was my fate from birth To make my mark upon the earthHe calls me Charlie Mason A stargazer am I It seems that I was born to chart the evening skyThey'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 SocietyI was listening to one of my favourite albums of all time Sailing To Philadelphia when I got the idea that maybe I should read some Pynchon I read Inherent Vice some time ago and found it to be pretty fun Having recently bought most of his books I was wondering which one to read next I wanted to and still will wait with Gravity's Rainbow but the rest of his works were all interesting Just as I was about to pick out Vineland I hear the beautiful guitar picking of an F# chord from Mark Knopfler an Aadd9 or something like that and then some sort of E chord and then the singing begins which is uoted at the top here And that was that Mason Dixon it is After having read about 200 pages I came across an interview with Knopfler where he talked about this album and it turns out the song is in fact inspired by the book For some reason this made me terribly happy The book itself is a tough nut to crack It's written in the style of the time it's set it 1761 1786 We follow the melancholic Mason and the life loving Dixon as they meet up in Portsmouth journey to see the transit of Venus and then eventually go to America to draw their line The book is chock full of references and allusions there is even a reference to Bill Clinton's pot smoking but of course not inhaling a possible reference to Flowers for Algernon and a cool little reference I think to Ray Charles's song What'd I say Of course tons It's also filled with odd and often hilarious occurrences They meet up and smoke marijuana with George Washington; they meet a skirt chasing Benjamin Franklin; and they meet a talking dog called the Learned English Dog And then there is some talk of gigantic vegetables and possible giants? I think I'm not sure Oh and did I mention the mechanical duck that suddenly springs to life and apparently gets supernatural powers and then occasionally terrorises our two heroes? The book is described on the cover as a rollicking picaresue tale playful erudite and funny I think that's a pretty succinct way to describe it It's fun to read albeit challenging and awfully dense at times I also came across this on wikipedia and thought I could add it to my reviewJohn Krewson writing for The Onion's A V Club observed Whatever meanings and complex messages may lie hidden in Pynchon's text can for now be left to develop subconsciously as the reader enjoys the immediate rewards of the work of a consummate storyteller Pynchon is one and he never uite lets you forget that while this might be an epic story it's an epic story told to wide eyed children who are up past their bedtimePS You can hear the song I referred to in the beginning here 03072015It's been over a year since I read this and I don't think there are any other books out there that I think of with such fond memories as I do of this one Retrospectively I'm tempted to say that this is my all time favourite book trumping even The Brothers Karamazov The I think about this book the I love it It helps of course that I still love the Knopfler song and listen to it several times a week At every listen it evokes the same feelings as the book did It's amazing when works of art go hand in hand like that


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