videowrangler, January 21, 2010 (view all comments by videowrangler)
I read this the summer after I graduated from the University of Florida and I needed the companion guide to the book for most of the references! I absolutely loved every time I had to pick up the guide and I remember every day of the summer I read it fondly!
Chris, February 21, 2007 (view all comments by Chris)
A supremely encyclopedic, wildly cinematic work of singular prose and plot, Pynchon's playful novel showcases literature as a weapon, and a terrifyingly robust one at that. Has a more brilliant study of nature, control, struggle, paranoia, and love ever been written (and in a manner so equally profane and profound)?
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by Earl Shorris, Harper's,
"[H]e is searching for the same complex imitations of complexity that Joyce, Proust, Faulkner, and now William Gass use so beautifully. There is no reason to think that he will not soon succeed. The man is only 35 years old, and the language of each of his novels is more interesting than the last."
by Geoffrey Wolff, San Francisco Examiner,
"I've been turning pages day and night, watching my fingers go ink black, I've been bleeding from paper cuts, reading Gravity's Rainbow. Forests have gone to the blade for this novel. Don't mourn the trees; read the book. Gravity's Rainbow will be compared with Ulysses and with Duck Soup."
by Lisa Goldman,
"We're accustomed to circular and linear stories, but [Pynchon's] is structured in the shape of Poisson's ratio--a bunch of unrelated fragments come together, form a cohesive arc, then scatter as they descend. Pynchon blends all manner of fact, fiction, characters, relationships, and metaphors into this metastructure."
by Richard Poirier, Saturday Review,
"At thirty six, Pynchon has established himself as a novelist of major historical importance. More than any other living writer, including Norman Mailer, he has caught the inward movements of our time in outward manifestations of art and technology so that in being historical he must also be marvelously exorbitant."
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 twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.
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