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
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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