<3 nah i bought it 'cause of the writer's pynchon friendship, the writer's fascinating irl story and because of the title, but it's been sitting on my shelf for years and years though you did just juice up my interests again
thats why I read it last summer..the connection to Pynchon is mysterious and very groovy. I loved it enough the first time, and was thinking alot about it when i began brainstorming for this short film (im working on). the second time reading it was even funnier and ridiculous. mostly for the ideas that the protagonist exemplifies through his thought and action. concepts of Exemption, the memories we create and hold onto from the past, transporting to a different time & place, effects of drug abuse on mental function, individual differences in sexual desire... its a funny book! feel that pta tackles many of these themes in his films, and it would be a stylistically flourished product through his eyes.
He covered the early 50s with the Master and 1970 with IV, but this would be a different period. The 60s decade he was trying to convince people Inherent Vice was set in ('its really
') but could not due to some consensus that this was On the Beach with Neil Young. so the end of the 50s/early 60s would be tackled here, as the film is set during the end of the Cuban revolution while Farina was a student at Cornell, though it wasn't published until January 1966. it traverses a period that he has yet to cover
its fun to think about the possibilities!