In the mid-1960s, the publication of Pynchon's V and The Crying of Lot 49 introduced a brilliant new voice to American literature. Gravity's Rainbow, ...Show synopsisIn the mid-1960s, the publication of Pynchon's V and The Crying of Lot 49 introduced a brilliant new voice to American literature. Gravity's Rainbow, his convoluted, allusive novel about a metaphysical quest, published in 1973, further confirmed Pynchon's reputation as one of the greatest writers of the century.Hide synopsis
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (1973)
Trade paperback, Penguin Books 1973
ISBN: 0670003743 ISBN-13: 9780670003747
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.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.Hide
Description:Good. Pages may have contain writing, highlighting or notes. May...Good. Pages may have contain writing, highlighting or notes. May be an ex library copy with library markings. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Description:Very Good. No reference to a later printing, very good paperback...Very Good. No reference to a later printing, very good paperback is tight and clean but does show light soil, along with rubbing and noticeable bumping to top corner of wraps and pages. 760 pages. Solid copy of this notable work from the author of V..
Description:Very good. Published by The Viking Press in 1973. 760 pages....Very good. Published by The Viking Press in 1973. 760 pages. Slight shelf wear to cover + binding glue is visible at front of the book, otherwise in very good condition. Quality Books...Because We Care-Shipped from Canada. Usually ships within 1-2 business days. If you buy this book from us, we will donate a book to a local school. We donate 10, 000+ books to local schools every year.
Description:12mo; vg/wraps; white spine with blue title; minor shelf wear...12mo; vg/wraps; white spine with blue title; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block, clean; 760 pp.; foxing starts; spine, spot staining; else very good. Rockville.
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.
I picked up Gravity's Rainbow along with Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, after seeing a bumper sticker that said ?My other car is a Pynchon novel?. Though not an avid reader I do tend towards classics, classic Sci-Fi in particular.
I enjoyed Slow Learner but I guess I?m just not ...
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