[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice. To be clear, I’m a big Pynchon fan. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews].
knock yourself out
every detail is described
This was my first Pynchon
my second stab at Pynchon
I so rarely abandon anything
shouldn’t have been published
that ridiculous post-modern credo
pick up James Ellroy. He is a true artist
like a novelization of the Big Lebowski
false as a jet contrail in an 1880’s western movie
I had to read whole pages twice or even three times
practically nothing that occurs is important to move the plot along
he smokes a joint and stumbles across a clue that leads him to the next chapter
does a disservice to liberals by portraying them as a bunch of negative stereotypes
This book makes the classic NAKED LUNCH by Burroughs completely coherent
No one in our entire bookclub could finish it and we are all avid readers
NEVER BUY BOOKS THAT CRITICS RAVE ABOUT, THEY ALWAYS SUCK!!!
It glorifies hippies and condemns the right-wing Man
one of the most useless novels I have ever read
This is my first experience with Pynchon
this may make a decent movie
nothing redeeming about it
no entertainment value
difficult and obscure
As a Scandinavian
It is a bad detective story
Pynchon wants this to be a film.
When Amazon recommends a book, I take notice.
I have never read a book by Thomas Pynchon before
I am beginning to think the “professionals” just like crap.
The Author is the type that critics love to refer to as edgy
Pynchon is probably the most overrated American writer.
It is as if this author was stoned the entire time he wrote this.
numerous drug and hallucination references and insinuations
story telling with drugs and hallucinations are better left to movies or television
Definitively a good movie was made based on an awful book by an overrated writer.
Pynchon maybe in top 10 most overrated writers in the last 100 yrs.
Let me start by saying that I have never read Pynchon before.
I had to re-read several pages and passages multiple times
Thomas Pynchon is supposed to be a great author
Remember those dumb “Family Circus” cartoons
the author appears to be a wanna be stoner
I am in the process of writing my own novel
Where is Kerouac when you need him?
The whole novel is one long inside joke.
I’m in a book club with 10 guys….
meandering piece of slop
What’s not cool is this book.
an Elmore Leonard Want-a-be
I could write a hippie chick way better.
The professor also said he hated reading it.
Do not recommend to anyone under the age of 65
This is my first encounter with a book about drug usage
The seventies were a time of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
The volumes I have read , sadly, occupy a large footprint on the planet.
Doc, the protagonist, is in a drug-induced haze for the majority of the novel
My extremities are tingling with the feeling that Socrates had after drinking a cup of hemlock.
ARPAnet, forerunner of the internet, is discussed as if everyone knows about it
written by a cute undergraduate student working under Pynchon’s wing
characters who make brief appearances
bad acid trips and a caricature of a plot
the ramblings of an intoxicated person
I really wanted to like this book
I am an avid fiction reader.
This was my first Pynchon
Some call it “stoner noir.”
you are the sober one
strangled by Pynchon
unsexy sex scenes
fiction is useless
H are to follow
little cat feet