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* AnarchyIsChaos: Averted or even inverted; the anarchists, while not perfect, are some of the most sympathetic characters. Webb Traverse is accused of destroying property but there is no indication that he ever attempts to harm people.



* GenreRoulette
* KudzuPlot
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The novel features a large cast of (perhaps over hundreds) of characters that spreads across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central Asia, and “one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all,”.
* MeaningfulName
* MindScrew

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* GenreRoulette
GenreRoulette: The book follows several separate casts of characters, and each of them is written in a discrete genre with a unique authorial voice.
* KudzuPlot
HeWhoFightsMonsters: Critic Louis Menand [[https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/11/27/do-the-math argues]] that this is one of the central themes of the novel:
--> “Authorial sympathy in Pynchon’s novels always lies on the ‘transcend all questions of power,’ countercultural side of the struggle; that’s where the good guys — the oddballs, dropouts, and hapless dreamers — tend to gather. But his books also dramatize the perception that resistance to domination can develop into its own regime of domination. The tendency of extremes is to meet, and perfection in life is a false Grail, a foreclosure of possibility, a kind of death. Of binaries beware.”
* KudzuPlot: Because it's a Pynchon novel, there are numerous, chaotic plots that never fully wrap up.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The novel features a large cast of (perhaps over hundreds) of characters that spreads across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central Asia, and “one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all,”.
all”.
* MeaningfulName
MeaningfulName: As is typical for Pynchon, there is much debate over the meanings of the names of his characters, and indeed whether they have any intended meanings at all. What else can one expect with character names like (to pick a few names almost at random) Luca Zombini, Stilton Gaspereaux, Webb Traverse, and Scarsdale Vibe?
* MindScrewMindScrew: Anyone familiar with Pynchon surely knows to expect this by now.



* PostModern: And how!

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* PostModern: {{Postmodernism}}: And how!


''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} Chicago]] World’s Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.

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''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' ''Literature/MasonAndDixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} Chicago]] World’s Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.


The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's mega-novels, in ways that were as long-winded as they were usually dogmatic.

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The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's Pynchon’s mega-novels, in ways that were as long-winded as they were usually dogmatic.


[[caption-width-right:295:''All investigations of time, however sophisticated or abstract, have at their base the human fear or mortality.'']]

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[[caption-width-right:295:''All [[caption-width-right:295:[[spoiler: ''All investigations of time, however sophisticated or abstract, have at their base the human fear or mortality.'']]
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The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's mega-novels, one that returned to the author's classic themes (freedom and power, the politics of resistance, secret societies, forgotten forms of popular entertainment) in ways that were as long-winded as they were unusually dogmatic.

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The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's mega-novels, one that returned to the author's classic themes (freedom and power, the politics of resistance, secret societies, forgotten forms of popular entertainment) in ways that were as long-winded as they were unusually dogmatic.usually dogmatic.

Massive {{Kudzu Plot}} and {{Mind Screw}} ensues, of course.


* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get these sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns that spreads the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central Asia, and “one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all,”.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get these sizable The novel features a large cast of (perhaps over hundreds) of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns that spreads across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central Asia, and “one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all,”.


* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get these sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns that spreads all across Europe and Central Asia.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get these sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns that spreads all across Europe and the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central Asia.Asia, and “one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all,”.


''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}}]] World's Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.

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''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}}]] World's [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} Chicago]] World’s Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.


''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.

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''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the Chicago [[{{UsefulNotes/Chicago}}]] World's Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.


* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get this hundreds of characters spread all across Europe and Central Asia.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get this hundreds these sizable cast of characters spread includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns that spreads all across Europe and Central Asia.


''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, ''Against the Day'' is another Pynchon mega-opus, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.

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''Against the Day'' is a postmodern historical fiction novel written by Creator/ThomasPynchon, published in 2006. Pynchon’s another take on magnum-opus ([[{{Doorstopper}} and fattest]]) novel followed by ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Literature/GravitysRainbow''. Set between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the outbreak of the [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarI}} First World War]] in 1914, ''Against the Day'' is another Pynchon mega-opus, charting the rise of corporate capitalism, the short life of the US anarchist movement and the construction of the modern military-industrial state – but doing so against a background of cowboy pastiche, dime-novel take-offs (long, long stretches take place aboard an airship crewed by the Chums of Chance, a gang of horny teenage aeronauts who talk like something out of Biggles) and dense Edwardian-era maths and science.


** Knowing that *Gravity’s Rainbow* take place primarily in post-WWII, it is dark especially.

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** Knowing that *Gravity’s Rainbow* ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' take place primarily in post-WWII, it is dark especially.


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* KudzuPlot


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* MindScrew


* CerebusSyndrome: The novel began to take a serious and dark turn especially the entire second halves.
** Knowing that *Gravity’s Rainbow* take place primarily in post-WWII, it is dark especially.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get this hundreds of characters spread all across Europe and Central Asia. The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get this hundreds of characters spread all across Europe and Central Asia. The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns.


* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You get this hundreds of characters spread all across Europe and Central Asia. The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns.



* RealPersonCameo

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* RealPersonCameoRealPersonCameo: Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx.


The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's mega-novels, one that returned to the author's classic themes (freedom and power, the politics of resistance, secret societies, forgotten forms of popular entertainment) in ways that were as long-winded as they were unusually dogmatic. But maybe it's time I read it again, before some lunatic actually does film it.

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The novel zips about from Mexico to the North Pole, from Colorado to London, from beneath the arid desert sands to the ageless land of Shambhala above the clouds. Characters are often in more than one place at once, since the form of the book is as anarchist as its content. ''Against the Day'' is without doubt, the most intensely confusing of Pynchon's mega-novels, one that returned to the author's classic themes (freedom and power, the politics of resistance, secret societies, forgotten forms of popular entertainment) in ways that were as long-winded as they were unusually dogmatic. But maybe it's time I read it again, before some lunatic actually does film it.

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