>>7678394 OP, finish Gravity's Rainbow first and see what you think of it. Sometimes people need a long break from Pynchon after GR.
If you're ready to dive right in but want something easier (easier in comparison to his other works), then try Inherent Vice.
If you want to try more of his chunky releases, try V. and then tackle Mason & Dixon which many consider his best work.
Slow Learner is often seen as one to skip because it's not Pynchon at his best but when he was just starting out as a writer. It's not dreadful or anything like that and it might serve as an interesting insight into how his work gradually progressed into what it is renowned as today, but other than that, it's not essential Pynchon reading. It's worth seeking out if you have a burning passion for the man's work though.
Hope this helps, anon. Big fan of Pynchon myself and I think it's a shame now that he's seen as a meme on here by people who haven't attempted his work.
If you want my honest opinion, I'd skip Inherent Vice. It was my second Pynchon foray after CL49 and it turned me off from him for a long while. Lots of beautiful language, but I had no idea what the fuck was going on and I didn't really care.
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