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 ...
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 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.
Very Good. First paperback edition, released simultaneously with hardcover edition, has very light bumps to spine ends and corners, rubbing particularly near edges, and sunning to spine, otherwise a solid VG copy.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book 1973 Viking/Compass FIRST Softcover edition of Gravity's Rainbow issued simultaneously as the HB. The reference C374 appears at the top spine end as does the photos on the title page. A VG-copy with fading to the spine and some scrapes and very small amount of paper loss on the rear cover.
Good with no dust jacket. 0670003743. First soft cover trade issue with $4.95 price on upper right front cover with first statement on copyright page and no later printings. Large softcover-wrappers. Good with fade and heavy spotting to spine. Free of former owner writing or bookplates. (THIS BOOK IS IN OUR POSSESSION. WE SHIP MOST BOOKS SIX DAYS A WEEK AND WILL CONFIRM WITH TRACKING NUMBER FOR DOMESTIC ORDERS OR CUSTOMS NUMBER FOR NON DOMESTIC); 8vo; 760 pages.
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.
Very Good ++ No Jacket. The First Paperback edition. The hardback and paperback were issued simultaneously. Thick 8vo. Some toning to edges--but overall a tight, crisp copy. This book went on to win The National Book Award. Many consider this the author's magnus opus. 760 pp.
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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