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Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon

Thomas Pynchon
4/5 (9313 ratings)
The New York Times Best Book of the Year, 1997
Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 1997

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatch'd pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.
Language
English
Pages
773
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Picador USA
Release
January 03, 2004
ISBN
0312423209
ISBN 13
9780312423209

Mason & Dixon

Thomas Pynchon
4/5 (9313 ratings)
The New York Times Best Book of the Year, 1997
Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 1997

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatch'd pair--one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic--from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back, through the strange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.
Language
English
Pages
773
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Picador USA
Release
January 03, 2004
ISBN
0312423209
ISBN 13
9780312423209

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