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Against the Day

Thomas Pynchon

Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the Revolution, postwar Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred. 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. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx. As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them. Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction. Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck. -Thomas Pynchon

Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the Revolution, postwar Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred. 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. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx. As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them. Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction. Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck. -Thomas Pynchon
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Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the Revolution, postwar Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred. 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. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx. As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them. Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction. Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck. -Thomas Pynchon

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dick Hill

Length:

53h 35m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:37


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

58:06


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

01:05:46


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:08:46


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

50:42


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

47:21


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

47:40


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

01:09:45


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

49:14


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

58:32


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

58:32


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

01:05:53


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

37:14


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

01:07:50


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

53:19


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

01:06:48


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

50:44


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

57:20


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

45:00


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

01:00:21


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

58:00


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

59:28


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

01:04:36


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

01:08:51


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

50:01


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

01:03:25


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

01:01:30


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

57:08


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

37:49


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

56:59


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

01:04:41


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

01:04:57


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

57:16


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

01:05:58


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

34:46


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

58:27


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

46:02


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

01:08:41


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

53:55


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

01:08:58


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

46:42


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

59:05


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

43:09


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

01:03:58


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

54:19


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

01:03:27


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

53:16


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

59:38


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

50:22


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

01:00:59


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

57:38


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

01:02:58


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

53:43


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

51:22


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

52:54


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

40:40


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

39:13


Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 1

01:00:34


Part 5, Chapter 2
Part 5, Chapter 2

00:28