Saturday, October 11, 2014


Pynchon is one of my favorite authors for a reason. The man is absolutely genius, and Entropy is a fantastic read. Pynchon was my first real read into postmodernism (after I had learned of the movement), and he definitely fits the criteria. Certain aspects of Entropy that demonstrate this are plentiful in this story. One such thing Pynchon has a certain way with is his use of a mixture of languages. In this story specifically he uses some Italian and French. He always subtly rolls little bits of foreign language through a deal of his works. One such aspect, which I feel might confuse or frustrate many readers, is Pynchon's way of switching between the scenes of the party and Callisto in his apartment with the bird. Pynchon does this in an almost stream of consciousness way, with no warning when the story will change. Many might call this switching of scenes lazy, as it just sort of happens. This story, as many other of Pynchon's, uses many symbols, including music, physics, communication theory. Pynchon always uses an array of symbols. For those who did not enjoy it, I urge you to read it again. And if still nothing, try reading V. or Crying of Lot 49. I promise, Pynchon is amazing. Also, entropy is discussed in V. as well. Pynchon draws a lot of the ideas in this story out throughout his body of work. 

1 comment:

  1. I will have to read some of his other stories that you suggested because I had a hard time understanding all the themes going on in this story. One was the use of music throughout the story. What was the purpose of that?