Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow

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Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, "Gravity's Rainbow" is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the 20th century as Joyce's "Ulysses" was to the first.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000, c1973
ISBN: 9780140283389
Branch Call Number: FIC Pync
Characteristics: 776 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 23, 2018

Not what I thought, very hard to start and keep going, did not even get to pg 15. Checked it out because of a review that compared it to "Catch 22". Very far from "Catch 22"

Feb 13, 2017

So after I realize it's been a whole five years since I read any sort of novel cover to cover, what book do I decide to read but this dense, absurd, obscene, and somehow engaging work? While Gravity's Rainbow is indeed a difficult book - one that requires you understand the internal logic to its structure and grammar in order to make heads or tails of the matter - but I believe anybody with enough determination and willingness to go along for the ride can admit that there is tremendous literary work to this.

Admittedly, this review comes half way through reading the thing, and I'll be sure to update as I go.

Dec 19, 2016

A wild, almost random book: every second page has a lightning flash of linguistic wizardry, often of preternatural insight, for example, "down the corridor, fuzzy patches of afternoon sun stagger along, full of mortar dust" (p. 466), "partygoers stagger fore and aft, evening clothes decorated with sunbursts of vomit" (p. 498), "...breathing the closing smell of grey weather" (p. 536), "It will be possible, after all, to die in obscurity, without ever having helped a soul: without love, despised, never trusted, never vindicated - to stay down among the Preterite, his poor honour lost, impossible to locate or redeem." (p. 553), "But every true God must be both organizer and destroyer." (p. 101), "I should ... should have ... there are in his history, so many of these unmade moves, so many 'should haves' [...]" (p. 143), and "weeds of paranoia begin to bloom, army-green, among the garden and midday tranquilities." (p. 579).
There are also lots of big ideas addressed: cause and effect (31), history and war (107, 529-30), colonies (321-2), psychology and addiction (354), language (358-9), the German language (397), life and human mutability (548-9), anomie (600-1), and death (736-7).
It also includes the words fuck, shit, cock, cunt, nigger, faggot, and asshole.
It includes scenes of coprophagia (238), sex (199, 453 (an anal rape), 474), bestiality (454), and castration (620).
There is an extraordinary amount of obscenity, both words and scenes. If one can bear the nonsense to get those flashes, its worth reading, but it requires much patience and determination to finish reading it.

Oct 18, 2016

I just checked this book out and Im scared

Sep 08, 2015

I strongly recommend NOT reading this book. Gratuitous, offensive scenarios that changed the way I look at the world for the worse, I won't go into describing here. After about 500 pages the story starts to read like he just gave up any literary structural guidelines he began with. the story finale seems lazy, disorganized, and forced (the first portions are a cakewalk comparatively). What began as a potential Picasso became a garbage dump of words. If you do decide to read, I recommend brushing up on your German. There is a distinct recurrent theme in his books that really seems to indicate he should be in prison or at least flagged for his neighborhood's watch list. I truly feel sorry for his editor and his therapist.

timforker Jan 19, 2012

Just made it past the bananas and going strong!!

Dec 11, 2010

1974 National Book Award - Fiction

daymakerdave Nov 22, 2010

Just started reading this one. So far it's complicated and wierd. A little hard to follow so far.

Sep 17, 2009

Pynchon and comics

May 24, 2007

If I hadn't been hooked on Pynchon from reading "V" in the 60's and several reads of "Mason & Dixon", I wouldn't have attempted to read this book. Its long and the reading is slow and hard.

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