Author Rating: A

Mason and Dixon (recommended, read 5/3/11)

This is not a novel for everyone. It can be difficult going because it is written in Pynchon’s imagined colloquial 18th century English. It tells the story of the lifelong partnership and adventures of English surveyors Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779), starting with their attempt to reach Sumatra to observe the 1761 Transit of Venus and continuing through their work on what became known as The Mason-Dixon Line in an uncharted pre-Revolutionary America.

There is much to be learned about attitudes and events in colonial America between the covers of this book that is eye-opening, and it’s also just plain entertaining.

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