It hit me right where I live. I want to read the book.
It might not appeal to younger readers though. I lived through that era and was part of that lifestyle during the 70's so for me, part of the appeal is nostalgic. I remember when a lid of grass was $5.00 and actually came in a Prince Albert tin, hence the name lid, from the tin lid on the can.
Geezer dreams of the past. It has a certain attraction if you're a geezer.
This may be a technically well-done trailer, but it bored me to tears. I hung in there because you posted it, John.
It all sounds soooo "old hat." Down-at-heels gum-shoe hanging around the beach wondering where life went -- when one of the not-so-good memories shows up.
I haven't read Pynchon and I don't particularly want to. But apart from that I think that trailer doesn't work.
I agree. I like the setting and the era, but the voice was just so dull. I mean the tone of voice and what he had to say. The attempt to make it sound off-the-cuff, with little corrections and asides didn't convince me at all and when he's shocked by the price at the end I was insulted.
Maybe it;'s a great book, I'll order it from the library and see, but I'm not expecting much.
Insulted how? At the obvious tongue-in-cheek aspect of his "shock" or the price itself? I guess I'm easily amused. :) I didn't think the video was all that bad. I've seen worse that others have extolled.
I liked The Crying of Lot 49 reasonably well; haven't attempted Gravity's Rainbow. Crime novels by experimental-surrealists can be interesting (Denis Johnson's Resuscitation of a Hanged Man is pretty great, anyway--haven't read his new one). I'll probably pick this one up if/when I have time--I'm reading academic comedies now (ruh roh!), and then in a couple of weeks I'll have to start reading for classes again (argh). The thing to remember, though, is that there's no freaking way this trailer accurately reflects the nature of a book by Pynchon--unless the anti-psychotic meds have slowed him WAY down.
The camera work is very good, but the voice talent sounds like a walking sinus infection. I didn't make it through much because of that, plus what I.J. Parker said -- it seemed like a retread. Doesn't work for me.
Oh, man! I hate to admit it, but this sounds kind of interesting. I never could get through any of Pynchon's books, but it would be incredibly interesting to see what he does with a crime novel. John, if you're going to read it, post a review, will you?