Gravity's Rainbow
ISBN: 0143039946
EAN13: 9780143039945
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 1, 2006
Pages: 776
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A Penguin Classic

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.

This Penguin Classics deluxe edition features a specially designed cover by Frank Miller along with french claps and deckle-edged paper.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Arrived on time. Everything about this book was made out of thin air. Anyone who is a Thomas Pynchon fan should read this.
   Acid Masterpiece
Set during the final days of World War II with a drawn cast from psy-ops divisions of London, this is the baby boomers' irreverent masterpiece revisiting the philosophies and mechanisms of society, the universe and individual responsibility. Firmly planted as one of the flagstones of American letters and bridging the GAN succession from Melville to Foster-Wallace, this holds up today and repays the time and invested as Pynchon messes with determinism, sex, physics, dog-saliva, love and why we're here.
   Post Modern and Dense
While it may be an excellent example of what post-modern literature is meant to be, it is also a parody. Pynchon may be a master at this style, but it is not for me. I'll keep slugging through it, but if you are looking for a book that you can sit down and enjoy then move on, this book is for you.
However, I'm not much of a reader and was intrigued by what I had read about this book. Second, I failed the challenge. It was a rough 140-page book, but then again, I made it. It's dense, has no chapters and there are so many characters that it can be very confusing at times. Many book reviewers and fans have suggested that you read the entire book, or at least part of it. Mr. Rule told the judge: "There is a reason the book is famous. There are also plenty of people who love this book and are willing to talk about it with other people who love it as well.
   Hated it
This book is on no reading list. Because it was a book that we each read every month, I felt it was appropriate to discuss it in our own private book club. It was the choice for the month, and I had to finish it. It was a really difficult task, Raymond said. Teenager Joan Rivers is not a prude, but all the sexual references got so old. Zilkha conceded that the movie "wasn't that great." No, I won't be reading any more of this writer's work.
   a daunting book that will be, for many readers, not worth the trouble
This is a book of ideas and themes, and to a lesser degree a book about language itself. It should not be read for characters or plot, as Pynchon introduces many of each but abandons them quickly and none resolves. It's a sprawling exploration of fate and free will, sex and surrender, and the relationship between those who have power and those who don't. I came to it hoping for insight into David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" and indeed one can see many parallels between the two books, Chandler said. I also see thematic ties, perhaps to Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" (1961). However, working through Gravity's Rainbow is by far the most demanding of these three books and it's not clear to me that the reward for doing so is any greater. Many readers will conclude it's just not worth the trouble. I might have to come to the same place if not for some compelling material in the last 5% of the text that I've been dwelling over since finishing it.
   Totally indigestible
I am an educated reader but ran out of patience trying to understand the psychological bent of this book. It was a tough decision, but I decided that I didn't care. What a difference a few inches can make, abstruse?
   A tour de force story
This story is very well told and very funny, too. It makes you take a new look at things like the war story, which is not that great. The amount of information in the book, about rocketry, history and Europe itself, is staggering and Pynchon keeps it interesting.
   Couldn't get into it.
I love reading, and maybe there's something to this book that I'm missing, but I've tried reading it several times and hated it. Byrne, who has done extensive work with the banana industry, said he got to the part with the guy obsessed with bananas. It's written in a very stylized manner that I'm sure you just absolutely love if you love it. It's just that I don't think so." It's also extremely masculine, Raymond said. Get it. But I love and enjoy Hemingway and other masculine writers who write about war and change and hardship. Not so much, said James Frey, director of music for AOL Europe.
   Classic finally read
Prepare for a journey of your own. Really enjoyed the show, although it took a while to get through.