<table><tr><td>1,085 pp. The Penguin Press. $35.
Thomas Pynchonâ€™s new novel, â€œAgainst the Day,ï¿½? reads like the sort of imitation of a Thomas Pynchon novel that a dogged but ungainly fan of this authorâ€™s might have written on quaaludes. It is a humongous, bloated jigsaw puzzle of a story, pretentious without being provocative, elliptical without being illuminating, complicated without being rewardingly complex.