P was already pretty full but I couldn't leave Pynchon out of the list.
The second to last of authors who have books that could stun an ox. I try to read a big book every summer. Pynchon has been a summer read for me quite a few times starting with Mason & Dixon. I fell in love with his ability to create a complete world that is close to ours but yet not quite. I like encountering the anachronisms and flights of fancy. I have to block off chunks of time to read Pynchon to give me a chance to immerse myself in the prose.
Recently I read The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes. In it he talks about Nevil Maskelyne who was one of my favorite minor characters in Mason & Dixon. To be honest, I had no idea he was a real person until I read Holmes' book.
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