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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña

By Richard Fariña

Fariña conjures up the Sixties as accurately, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his manner throughout the psychedelic panorama, encountering—among different things—mescaline, ladies, artwork, gluttony, falsehood, technological know-how, prayer, and, sometimes, fact. A portrait of an explosive decade, glowing with creative writing and conveying the essence of a iteration, Been Down see you later It appears like as much as Me, as Thomas Pynchon writes within the creation, "comes on just like the Hallelujah refrain performed via two hundred kazoo gamers with excellent pitch."
"A superb storyteller, Fariña is healthy to hitch the corporate of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon." —San Francisco Chronicle

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Judging by her hair, her colouring, and the shape of her features, she was striking, if not actually beautiful. Decision and composure stamped her, a combination of qualities that produced a very marked character, and one that was not calculated to put a young man, who scarcely knew her, at his ease. For the rest, she was tall; her dress was of some quiet colour, with old yellow-tinted lace for ornament, to which the spark of an ancient jewel gave its one red gleam. Denham noticed that, although silent, she kept sufficient control of the situation to answer immediately her mother appealed to her for help, and yet it was obvious to him that she attended only with the surface skin of her mind.

Decision and composure stamped her, a combination of qualities that produced a very marked character, and one that was not calculated to put a young man, who scarcely knew her, at his ease. For the rest, she was tall; her dress was of some quiet colour, with old yellow-tinted lace for ornament, to which the spark of an ancient jewel gave its one red gleam. Denham noticed that, although silent, she kept sufficient control of the situation to answer immediately her mother appealed to her for help, and yet it was obvious to him that she attended only with the surface skin of her mind.

That lady in blue is my great-grandmother, by Millington. 3 And then, let me see舒oh, that舗s the original Alardyce, 1697, the founder of the family fortunes, with his wife. Some one gave us this bowl the other day because it has their crest and initials.

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