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Slow Learner af Thomas Pynchon
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Slow Learner (original 1984; udgave 1984)

af Thomas Pynchon

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Slow Learner is a compilation of early stories written between 1959 and 1964, before Pynchon achieved recognition as a prominent writer for his 1963 novel, Vand containing a revelatory essay on his early influences and writing. The collection consists of five short stories- 'The Small Rain', 'Lowlands', 'Entropy', 'Under the Rose', and 'The Secret Integration', as well as an introduction written by Pynchon himself for the 1984 publication. The five stories were originally published individually in various literary magazines but in 1984, after Pynchon had achieved greater recognition, Slow Learnerwas published to collect and copyright the stories into one volume. The introduction also offers a rare insight into Pynchon's own views on his work and influences.… (mere)
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Titel:Slow Learner
Forfattere:Thomas Pynchon
Info:Little Brown (1984), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 193 pages
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Slow Learner: Early Stories af Thomas Pynchon (1984)

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This was an interesting collection of early short stories by Thomas Pynchon. Though some of the stories were much better than others (I particularly liked "The Secret Integration" and "Low-lands") the introduction is the real gem of this collection. The introduction alone (which by itself I would give 4 stars) is worth the price of a used copy of this book. Pynchon is usually very guarded when it comes to interviews or any public contact so it was a nice surprise to find him so candid and generous here. He writes very honestly about what he thinks of each of these stories and where he thought they fit into his overall learning curve as a writer.

I recommend this collection to fans of Pynchon's novels or practicing writers. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
This was an interesting collection of early short stories by Thomas Pynchon. Though some of the stories were much better than others (I particularly liked "The Secret Integration" and "Low-lands") the introduction is the real gem of this collection. The introduction alone (which by itself I would give 4 stars) is worth the price of a used copy of this book. Pynchon is usually very guarded when it comes to interviews or any public contact so it was a nice surprise to find him so candid and generous here. He writes very honestly about what he thinks of each of these stories and where he thought they fit into his overall learning curve as a writer.

I recommend this collection to fans of Pynchon's novels or practicing writers. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
The Secret Integration Entropy are so good ( )
  davemcleod | Dec 28, 2018 |
I've read much of Pynchon, so I expected a tough read, but found this collection of short stories surprisingly light, although the final story was excellent, thoughtful, and moving. As for the introduction, mentioned by someone as the worth of this book, he is nearly right, as it was an absolute pleasure to read, both light and witty; it wa so good that at times I simultaneously laughed and cried. ( )
  James.Igoe | Jul 26, 2017 |
31. Slow Learner : Early Stories by Thomas Pynchon
published: 1984 - stories originally published 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1964
format: 193 page paperback
acquired: March 13
read: May 30 - Jun 4
rating: 4 stars

A much nicer reading experience than I expected. The self-deprecating introduction really sets the tone, downplaying expectations and welcoming the reader to just relax a bit and enjoy the flawed stories. These five stories include the first four stories Pynchon published. They were apparently no minor item, as they got noticed and put Pynchon on the map of a small literary crowd before his first book came out.

The introduction alone was worth the book. Pynchon is notoriously reclusive, but his introduction is very open. He complains about how amateur these works are and expresses regret over the things he forced into these stories to try to make them more literary. This self-criticism is somehow both a bit in mock and very sincere. It's also spot on, interesting, and charming.

The Small Rain 1959
A low level army tech takes a minor roll in hurricane response. The hurricane was unexpected, deadly, and actually happened. The response becomes body recovery. This was my favorite story as it works on a simple level - an unusual and casual, almost accidental confrontation with death. It just manages to become more than it is.

Low-Lands 1960
A man's wife kicks him out of the house. He spends a night in a garbage dump with the overseer. There is a lot of Greek mythology references and a element of horror. Curious.

Entropy 1960
Actually a kind of cool story that involves a wacky party and the odd young couple one floor below, pondering entropy. But, if I can pretend to give analysis, and this kind of story will encourage you to pretend to do the same, the point seems to be his use of the word entropy in a story context - both giving new meaning to and coloring the entire story. It's one of those interesting ideas I find hard to grasp of all at once. The wild parties become something that cannot hold, if you like. They expend more than what can be replaced. And they become directional, leading toward an end, without ever touching on this directly. Not sure I have it right, or close, but it makes sense to me. It also really defines the sense of everything in V. and Gravity's Rainbow - for him it's a foundational concept.

"The cosmologists had predicted an eventual heat-death for the universe (something like Limbo: form and motion abolished, heat-energy identical at every point in it); the meteorologists, day-to-day, staved it off by contradicting with a reassuring array of varied temperatures.

But for three days now, despite the changeful weather, the mercury had stayed at 37 degrees Fahrenheit."


Under the Rose 1961
A take on the tricky world of Fin de siècle espionage, where principals seems to play an important, but hard to define roll. This becomes a chapter in V., with some differences. I didn't like it in V. and I didn't like it any better as a standalone. I found it a snobbish effort.

The Secret Integration 1964
This story actually post-dates V.. The story is, in a nutshell, boys behaving badly. But Pynchon adds and works on a complicated racial element. The boys "integrate" themselves with an imaginary black boy, patting themselves on the back for their forwardness, until the town's reality weighs in too heavily. It's both great and not, depending on how you look at it, and there are many different ways. I thought the racial element was forced.

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Slow Learner is a compilation of early stories written between 1959 and 1964, before Pynchon achieved recognition as a prominent writer for his 1963 novel, Vand containing a revelatory essay on his early influences and writing. The collection consists of five short stories- 'The Small Rain', 'Lowlands', 'Entropy', 'Under the Rose', and 'The Secret Integration', as well as an introduction written by Pynchon himself for the 1984 publication. The five stories were originally published individually in various literary magazines but in 1984, after Pynchon had achieved greater recognition, Slow Learnerwas published to collect and copyright the stories into one volume. The introduction also offers a rare insight into Pynchon's own views on his work and influences.

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