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Gravity's Rainbow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

"A screaming..........."

Bought this book in paperback back in the seventies, back when I was all into Phillip K Dick and Hunter Thompson. It's Catch 22 on acid. I've read it through twice with added ocassional visits over the years. It's a peek behind the curtain of the post WW2 world order, b...
Bought this book in paperback back in the seventies, back when I was all into Phillip K Dick and Hunter Thompson. It's Catch 22 on acid. I've read it through twice with added ocassional visits over the years. It's a peek behind the curtain of the post WW2 world order, but it's the zany cast of characters with their hilarious names that sticks with you over the years. There is just one bizarre scene after another, after another. It would make the most fantastic mini series if only Pynchon weren't such a curmudgeon. You can pick it up and start on virtually any page. It's the perfect "desert island" book. You can finish it, BUT you'll never be quite finished WITH it. It's difficult to get into, impossible to get out. It's so much more readable than "Finnegan's Wake". Pynchon is the anti Ayn Rand. You'll never look at a multinational corporation in quite the same way again. They don't write them like this anymore. It's wicked fun. It's a challenge. Imagine how smug you'll feel. Not for the lazy or the slow witted.

posted by fattrucker on November 4, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Strange and poor writing. Beware.

Before you buy into the hype of CNN or the previous reviews, do yourself a favor and read the first 15 - 30 pages of this book before you purchase. You¿ll save yourself $20. This is the most incoherent gibberish I have ever read. Correction, tried to read. Forget un...
Before you buy into the hype of CNN or the previous reviews, do yourself a favor and read the first 15 - 30 pages of this book before you purchase. You¿ll save yourself $20. This is the most incoherent gibberish I have ever read. Correction, tried to read. Forget understanding the book, I couldn't understand some paragraphs some groups of words... This book is written in ridiculously descriptive, nonsensical, overly punctuated, incomplete sentences. It seems to me that this book is liked by those who need to latch onto something because they have nothing else to latch onto and so they pontificate about these 760 pages of babble, taking self pride in acting like they are privy to some genius art form that others just can comprehend and appreciate. Honestly, if you told me this book was written by a heavily medicated crazy person sitting in a padded cell with a typewriter I would believe you. It is like the author tries to duplicate the quick-fire thoughts that constantly run through your mind about everything and it just doesn¿t translate well to paper. Proceed with caution because this book is not for everybody.

posted by Anonymous on November 14, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Strange and poor writing. Beware.

    Before you buy into the hype of CNN or the previous reviews, do yourself a favor and read the first 15 - 30 pages of this book before you purchase. You¿ll save yourself $20. This is the most incoherent gibberish I have ever read. Correction, tried to read. Forget understanding the book, I couldn't understand some paragraphs some groups of words... This book is written in ridiculously descriptive, nonsensical, overly punctuated, incomplete sentences. It seems to me that this book is liked by those who need to latch onto something because they have nothing else to latch onto and so they pontificate about these 760 pages of babble, taking self pride in acting like they are privy to some genius art form that others just can comprehend and appreciate. Honestly, if you told me this book was written by a heavily medicated crazy person sitting in a padded cell with a typewriter I would believe you. It is like the author tries to duplicate the quick-fire thoughts that constantly run through your mind about everything and it just doesn¿t translate well to paper. Proceed with caution because this book is not for everybody.

    7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    This is not unreadable because of foul language. It is not unrea

    This is not unreadable because of foul language. It is not unreadable because of disgusting imagery. It is unreadable, because it is incomprehensible.

    35 pages. Looking at over 700 more! No way, my friend!

    So this fella gets a hard-on when he sees or nears a V rocket! Really?

    So many books, so little time. Not enough time to waste on this labyrinth.

    If you like James Joyce, go for it!

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