Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last
refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic,
Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his
daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical
who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-
allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs (Floozy
with an Uzi), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and
illicit sex (including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in

Thomas Pynchon—Vineland

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