Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon

A Time magazine and New York Times Best Book of the Year Charles Mason (1728–1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733–1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as reimagined by Thomas Pynchon, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political, major caffeine abuse. Unreflectively entangled in crimes of demarcation, Mason and Dixon take us along on a grand tour of the Enlightenment’s dark hemisphere, from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revolutionary America and back to England, into the shadowy yet redemptive turns of their later lives, through incongruities in conscience, parallaxes of personality, tales of questionable altitude told and intimated by voices clamoring not to be lost. Along the way they encounter a plentiful cast of characters, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Samuel Johnson, as well as a Chinese feng shui master, a Swedish irredentist, a talking dog, and a robot duck. The quarrelsome, daring, mismatched pair—Mason as melancholy and Gothic as Dixon is cheerful and pre-Romantic—pursues a linear narrative of irregular lives, observing, and managing to participate in the many occasions of madness presented them by the Age of Reason.

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The 1712th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 17th on The 16 Greatest Books of All Time (NYU Local)

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Mason & Dixon Kindle Edition 58567 $4.99 2012
Mason et Dixon Paperback 10048549 $45.39 $21.43 2000
Mason & Dixon Audio CD 3802765 $48.75 2019
Mason & Dixon: A Novel Paperback 396244 $0.49 $0.24 1998
Mason & Dixon Paperback 1806018 $10.96 $2.93 2006
Mason & Dixon ( 1st/1st ) Hardcover 2736612 $1.29
Mason & Dixon (FICTION CIE) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 657362 $18.99 2014
Mason & Dixon: A Novel Hardcover 322357 $10.95 $1.85 1997
Mason & Dixon Paperback 5880230 $9.95 $3.00 2004
Mason und Dixon. Hardcover 18712760 $106.26 $12.00 1999
Mason y Dixon (Volumen independiente) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 14450611 $40.67 $60.57 2000
Mason und Dixon. Paperback 9400454 $23.60 $30.17 2001
Mason & Dixon: A Novel Paperback 336455 $19.96 $5.51 2004
Mason y Dixon Paperback 11250753 $14.63 $22.35 2015
Mason y Dixon (Spanish Edition) (Biblioteca Thomas Pynchon / Thomas Pynchon Library) Paperback 3742477 $209.28 $17.36 2012
Mason y Dixon (Andanzas) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 3094024 $5.99 2014