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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
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.
Title: Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me
Publication Date: 1983
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Viking, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0670154768
Book Description Viking Press, 1983. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Book and dust jacket in excellent, unmarked condition. Pages are mildly toned but unmarked. Jacket is beautiful, with unclipped price and vibrant color; in new mylar sleeve. Seller Inventory # 021781
Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. New Introduction by Thomas Pynchon. Near Fine in a Near Fine jacket, unclipped ($14.75), lightly rubbed at the edges. Quarter yellow buckram with blue paper on the boards. Square and firmly bound with toned pages. Farina's picaresque novel written during his college years and published the same year as his untimely death. Seller Inventory # 2540
Book Description Viking. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # think0670154768