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Edited: Mar 24, 2008, 1:31 pm

I recently read the Illuminatus! trilogy and I believe that I can safely say that serveral parts of it were Pynchon-esque.

(Though, it touched more on Joyce in the long run)

Now, I am curious: How many of you, of this group, has read the Illuminatus! Trilogy? And, what other Pynchon-esque authors/works can you think of and why you believe them to be Pynchon-esque?

Mar 27, 2008, 11:35 pm

i'm currently reading it right now as a matter of fact...well, i'm in between books 1 and's definitely Pynchonesque, and so far they've even made a reference to The Crying of Lot 49 (while namechecking Pynchon...)

Edited: Mar 28, 2008, 12:29 pm

Wait until they get to H. P. Lovecraft


In a review I posted, I described it as some of the most meta-fiction that I have ever read.

Mar 28, 2008, 8:45 pm

oh, they've already gotten to him a bunch...

Mar 12, 2009, 5:35 pm

Archimboldi, the reclusive author in Bolano's 2666 is like a German version of Pynchon.

Bolano seems Pynchonesque in a way.

Feb 4, 2010, 11:42 am

I read Illuminatus in high school with great excitement, and I read my first Pynchon in college because a friend to whom I had recommended Illuminatus abandoned it, offering the explanation that it was just Gravity's Rainbow with training wheels.

My attempt to re-read Illuminatus later in life was not very fruitful; I found it rather unimpressive. Pynchon holds up well for me on re-reads, however.

Feb 5, 2010, 10:33 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed The Illuminatus! Trilogy when I read it many years ago. Also, Schroedinger's Cat Trilogy. I've been wanting to go back and re-read them, but have a fear that I may have the same reaction as paradoxosalpha.

Coincidentally, I just purchased GR earlier this evening at the local B&N, and am looking forward to re-reading it.

Oct 6, 2011, 10:47 am

I found a book at a thrift shop by Robert Lacey on modern-day aristocrats. One of the families profiled is the Thurn und Taxis postal dynasty. Should prove interesting reading, especially for The Crying of Lot 49