Autumn 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 4 Book Reviews |

The All-Purpose Quest

REVIEWS John A. Meixner THE ALL-PURPOSE QUEST V. by Thomas Pynchon. J. B. Lippincott Co., $5.95. THE MESSENGER by Charles Wright. Farrar, Straus and Co., $3.95. SALT by Herbert Gold. The Dial Press, $4.95. As I STARTED TO WRITE ABOUT Thomas Pynchon's novel, I sudden- ly grew drowsy and began to hear voices in a dream. They were faint at first, but in time they singled themselves out into those of a young man and a professor of indeterminate-or perhaps variable -age: "And I had this thought," the young man was saying. "You know those pieces I wrote for the Writer's Workshop? Well, I'm planning to put them together. You know, make them into a novel." "Yes?" "It's going to be a real big novel. I'm going to put everything in it. It'll be like life itself-which is in- sane, really. It'll express the vast confusion of the century we live in." "I see, but how do you plan to fit all these pieces together?" "There's always The Quest." "Yes, I might have expected it. But for what? Love? Salva

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