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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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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 July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    I picked up GR in preparation for a 20-hour journey from Minneapolis to Hong Kong. Shy of digging a hole and rationing meals to every 100-page mark, there really is no better way to commit yourself to Pynchon. In a pinch, I'd call him a sloppy genius. In a 780-page oeuvre, I'd borrow from his synesthetic narrative some image, discrete and cyclical, some paradox, afterthought and, at once, summing of all existential questions. The book is heavy and dense, literally. Pynchon's themes will at first seem disparate- his scope and style lend themselves to a chaotic appearance- but as you pass milestones in GR and (please, please, please) revisit notable passages, you'll come to see that he leaves no loose ends. He casts no character, no idea, no symbol by the wayside, surely not for good. GR seems to me like poetry written in blank verse. That verse just happens to come in torrential blocks, and to drain the better part of its reader's will power. The novel tackles huge ideas in abstraction. It's insufferably dense, tedious, and self-indulgent, but, in the end, the gems you'll have to cherish will more than justify the effort of slogging through.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    It was a struggle...

    ...but I made it to around page 400 of this book. Not that it was bad. Some parts of it were genuinely interesting, entertaining and amusing. But this is the sort of book that's so incredibly dense with hidden meanings and elaborate word games that most of us will never understand it. It is a task for a higher intelligence than mine to make sense of this gargantuan macrocosm. I'd recommend it to fierce literary warriors who enjoy punishment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Pay No Mind to Jason's Review

    This is a special book. Sure it's hard to read, but as you learn how to read it, you'll come to understand narrative, prose, and the post World War II world in ways you hadn't imagined. Fifteen to twenty pages isn't enough to get into this novel. It took me 180 pages before I was over the hump. Now the ludicrous satire and flood of detail are too much to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Hotdog! you better read this one!

    I really enjoyed the capititionalizing portrayal of the scapegoat rehearsed in the introduction to forces lacked by our inner child. The stucture of the hultiating sequence struck me as true brilliance.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    Fun to Hold

    Penguin's special edition of good books have good weight, smooth covers, non-cracking bindings and easy-viewed print, and so are fun to hold and read. Its a tactile experience, understand? Gravity's Rainbow needs the additional help. Its a reward when you stay with it. Pay the extra $1 for this edition.

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