The Small Rain

''Outside, the company area broiled slowly under the sun. The air was soggy, hanging motionless. The sun glared yellow off the sand around the barracks that housed the company's radio section. There was no one inside except an orderly leaning drowsy against the wall, smoking, and an inert figure in fatigues lying on a bunk, reading a paperback. The orderly yawned and spat outside into the hot sand and the figure in the bunk, whose name was Levine, turned a page and rearranged the pillow under this head.''

The Small Rain was first published in the Cornell Writer of March 1959.


Published by Aloes Books, 1982

Price: 20€

PYNCHON, Thomas - The Small Rain