V Author:Thomas Pynchon Thomas Pynchon's extraordinary first novel had an overwhelming impact on the literary scene and reverberations are still being felt. V is the story of a bawdy, sometimes macabre, always fascinating search for a mysterious woman. Ranging from New York to Cairo to Alexandria to Malta, it is a brilliant collage - at once allegorical, picaresque, er... more »otic, satiric, romantic and, finally, staggering. Its intricacy and elaborate plot defy any real classification, yet it has become the uncontested "black humor" classic of our generation.« less
Among the list of recommended books mentioned in an appendix to Stephen King's 1981 treatise on horror 'Danse Macabre', I found the plot for 'V.' to be impenetrable. Definitely offbeat but too deep to follow.