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Questions about the works of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937) and his life as a writer.

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What does the letter V in Thomas Pynchon's book symbolize?

Obviously, V. is a character in the book, known only by her initial. That initial is also the title of the book, which actually includes the period. But I assume this title/name symbolizes something ...
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What is the symbolism of the yo-yo in V.?

The yo-yo is mentioned often in Thomas Pynchon's V., including in a few chapter names. What does it symbolize?
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In The Crying of Lot 49, why does Bortz feel he's "too young" to answer his son's questions?

Late on in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, Professor Bortz says the following to the protagonist, Oedipa, as they discuss a book related to the fictional Jacobean playwright Richard Wharfinger. "...
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What was Slothrop doing in London during the first Blitz?

Early in Gravity's Rainbow, in the first section where we're privy to Slothrop's stream-of-consciousness, he muses: A lot of stuff prior to 1944 is getting blurry now. He can remember the first Blitz ...
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