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Old 03-30-2008, 08:13 PM   #34
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now?

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Originally Posted by Avptallarita View Post
From what Iíve been able to garner, itís exactly the same club, except that the Pynchon card is not as internationally valid. Joyce is an institution in Europe as well as in the rest of the world, I think. Pynchon shares that status in America, but heís widely unknown and not much discussed outside it, with the obvious exception of specific (usually American-based) academic circles. As an icon, I think heís not so much on the plane of Joyce as of Robert Musil (and if youíve never heard of him, that proves my point).

Also, same advice as to Shun. If youíre going to read Ulysses, make sure youíve read the Odyssey first.
I personally think the Joyce club's a bit more academic and grounded while the Pynchon one's more idiosyncratic and possibly stoned.
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