Been Down So Long It Looks Like up to Me

Been Down So Long It Looks Like up to Me

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A witty, psychedelic, and telling novel of the 1960s

Richard 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.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780140189308
Characteristics: xiv, 329 p. ; 20 cm


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Dec 21, 2013

Baby boomers love to talk about how great the 60s were and, yeah, there was some awesome music, but the books I read set in that decade make it seem kind of annoying. Richard Farina was a half-Cuban, half-Irish writer and singer who married Joan Baez's sister and died in a motorcycle accident. This acclaimed novel gives you a sense of the heady, idealistic atmosphere of the 60s, but I doesn't hold much interest for the younger reader/writer. Introduction by Thomas "V" Pynchon. Also, see the non-fiction "Positively 4th Street."


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