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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
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  • Seller:pbshop
  • Sales Rank:83,468
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:Later Printing
  • Pages:352
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.5
  • Dimensions (in):7.8 x 5.2 x 0.7
  • Publication Date:May 1, 1996
  • ISBN:0140189300
  • EAN:9780140189308
  • ASIN:0140189300
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Synopsis
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

Amazon.com Review
This is the ultimate novel of college life during the first hallucinatory flowering of what has famously come to be known as The Sixties. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me follows haunted ur-hippy Gnossos Pappadopoulis upon return to his old university town that's just tilting into a new era, and Gnossos' involvement in a swirl of sixties-style drug taking and the search for love and the meaning of it all. It is a hilarious and haunting book.

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