[quote=“Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth”]I can certainly understand your point of view. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure why I enjoy his work as much as I do.
As far as originality goes, his narrative style is the only thing particularly original about his work. I’ll also admit
that he never seems to truly explore any of his characters w/ any intriguing degree of depth. But, for some odd
reason, I find his novels to be incrediby entertaining. Once I’ve started reading one, I can’t seem to stop.
I guess you could say I enjoy his books the same way that I enjoy a well-made, yet sleazy & shallow exploitation flick.
It damn sure ainn’t gonna have much, if anything, in the way of anything new or innovative to say about humanity,
but, God help me, I can’t look away.[/quote]
If you read Thomas Pynchon I guarantee you’d get both a life changing experience out of it with deep insights into humanity as well as the satisfaction of an exploitation film. In Gravity’s Rainbow he explores WWII in the form of a story about a man who’s erections predict the landings of the Nazi’s V-2 Rockets in London. There’s a giant adenoid blob that gets fought. A pie fight between the hero in a balloon and an American Officer in a fighter plane. There’s gay sex, regular sex, an old crazy colonel drinks piss and eats shit, Pavlov’s dog theory is applied to get an octopus to seduce a woman. It’s all fucking there and with incredible thought deep in the darkness.