Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland known as the Mason-Dixon Line. This book provides a fictional account of their story
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"Pynchon's finest work yet...if anyone is still looking for the Great American Novel...then this may well be it"
Scotland on Sunday||"A rollicking, picaresque tale... playful, erudite and funny"
New York Times||"Very grand and mad and beautiful...I can't remember ever having reviewed a more original novel... and if America produces a novel to come near this marvellous, proliferating thing this decade, I promise to eat it"
Spectator||"Pynchon offers readers a trip as long and full of yearning as that of his heroes"
New Yorker||"A hugely ambitous epic...show cases all of Mr Pynchon's gifts as a writer: his magical abilty to fuse history and fable, science and science fiction; his Swiftean grasp of satire and his vaudevillian's sense of farce. It's a book that testifies to his remarkable powers of invention and his sheer power as a storyteller... as moving as it is cerebral, as poignant as it is daring"
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