Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sibilant opening sentence, 'a screaming comes across the sky', heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through ...Read MoreTyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sibilant opening sentence, 'a screaming comes across the sky', heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany. Gravity's Rainbow is never a single story, but a proliferation of characters - Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more - and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. It is a blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes and among the most important novels of our time. Winner of the National Book Award.Read Less
1 b/w Photograph (title page); Few b/w Decorations. Very Good- 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall (thick) Slight scratches, creases, rubbing and browning to wrappers (chiefly at extremities); previous owner's ink name on half-title page; slight bumping to corners; slight internal browning to edges. , 760 pages. First softcover issue (simultaneous with the hardcover edition) of the famed allegorico-picaresque fantasy, set at the close of the Second World War in Europe; dedicated to Richard Farina. Fairly well-preserved (but certainly well-read) paperback copy.
Fine+ 0670003743. Square, tight and clean. No names or ANY markings. A slight dog ear at a REAR corner. Front cover As New. Else NO defects.; 1st Trade PB printing. Ships in a box, USA; 760 pages; Ships in a box, USA.
Very Good. 0143039946 1974 Bantam MM-1st Bantam printing with double flap cover-some creasing to binding-minor staining to page edge-slight wear to cover-owner's name inside cover-otherwise binding strong contents clean-enjoy.
Good. No Jacket. Book 1973 Viking Press Taiwan Pirated Edition ( I believe) in GOOD condition lacking a DJ. There is a dried water stain on the rear board that seeps in from pages 710 until the end though it is still easily read. The front boards look fine as does the slightly faded spine. Someone (probably the original owners who were from Taiwan) cut the bottom 1/2 of the title page again supporting the idea of this being a pirated edition.
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Good. 0143039946 1973 Viking Press paperback-1st printing-printed same day as original hard cover edition-2 inch tear on cover at binding-some scuffing to cover-minor creasing to binding-some staining to page edge-otherwise binding strong contents clean-one of the most important books of the 2nd 1/2 of the 20th century-enjoy.
This is an author that you cant put down too long before you have to start over. One must have patience reading Pynchon.
Apr 5, 2007
Still a breath-taking novel
I have read GR numerous times and each time it is still an education. The book really does require a couple of readings to grasp all its intricacies, and there are passages I still don't understand, but overall, the experience is more than worth it. So, not for the faint of heart, but stick with it and all will become clear in the end. Pynchon is famously reclusive, and really, his attitude is admirable: The works speak for themselves. He doesn't need to put himself in the limelight. There are dozens of plots, dozens of characters, and through it all some astonishingly lyrical passages, as well as some pretty rough stuff. The book defies easy categorization, and easy description. It will defeat your expectations of time, plot and character -- but is immensely entertaining nonetheless.
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