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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

Richard Farina - Author

Thomas Pynchon - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140189308 | 352 pages | 01 May 1996 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The classic novel of the 1960s—an unerring, corrosively comic depiction of a campus in revolt

Fariña evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering—among other things—mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth. A portrait of an explosive decade, sparkling with inventive writing and conveying the essence of a generation, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, as Thomas Pynchon writes in the introduction, "comes on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch."

"A marvelous storyteller, Fariña is fit to join the company of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon." —San Francisco Chronicle