A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel / Edition 2

A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel / Edition 2

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by Steven Weisenburger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820328073

ISBN-13: 9780820328072

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of Steven Weisenburger's indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns

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Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of Steven Weisenburger's indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns around which Pynchon wove his story. Weisenburger fully annotates Pynchon's use of languages ranging from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as 1940s street talk, drug lingo, and military slang as well as the more obscure terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion also reveals the underlying organization of Gravity's Rainbow—how the book's myriad references form patterns of meaning and structure that have eluded both admirers and critics of the novel.

The Companion is keyed to the pages of the principal American editions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the special, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the novel as one of twenty "Great Books of the Twentieth Century."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820328072
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
498,125
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anyone who knows the works of Thomas Pynchon knows that they twist and turn like a rivers, sometimes breaking off into tributaries, flowing towards another source, a source that can not be found on any map but those of old Turkish Captains (see where I'm going with this). Anyway, the Gravity's Rainbow Companion does a great job in clearing up some of the big mysteries that one finds while trying to read GR. The episode summaries are essential to keeping track of what is going on. Without them, I would have been lost come episode 16. The Companion is just as fun to read as Pynchon's masterpiece. You'll learn something new with each turn of the page. Recommended for anyone who really wants to get the most of of Pynchon's epic.