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Gravity's Rainbow

book by Thomas Pynchon

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Gravity's Rainbow: A book without a corresponding reader

  • Jun 11, 2010

What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?
Paranoia.  Paranoia is perhaps the only constant theme throughout this entire novel.

Who would you recommend this reading to and why?
I could never recommend this book to anyone, but at the same time I would invite everyone to try and read it.  It is a book for everyone, but at the same time it is a book for no one.  Filled with the complex amount of variety of subjects and characters and ideas, Gravity's rainbow has something in it for everyone but is a book that belongs to no one reader.

Consider the setting.
at the finish of WWII in Europe

Consider the story/plot.
A man with a questionable subliminal attachment to a rocket is both running and seeking answers to this questionable attachment.

Consider character development.
Pynchon breaks all the traditional rules of character development, along with every other traditional structure.

Consider themes and motifs.
This is a book illustrating dissonance.  Fabulous in what it has set out to do, but in regard to connecting a readers emotions with its book, Gravity's Rainbow offers this connection scarcely.

Consider literary elements used, such as metaphors
This whole book is a metaphor for the universal pain of inconsistency as well as paranoiac doubt.


What was the message/purpose of the writing?
Traditional framework is not a necessity nor is it something that must be and continue.  It is something that simply is and is copied.  The question of truth is a quest of both importance and insanity.


Compare and contrast reading with other book types
Gravity's Rainbow is an anti-book book.


Compare and contrast reading to movie adaptations.
I don't think there is a movie adaptation, there is far too much material for a movie to satisfy.


Reflect on the author.

By reputation Thomas Pynchon is a very private man, going as far as sending an impersonator to the only public event he accepted to attend as the author Thomas Pynchon.  I think there are even t-shirts that have printed on them "I am Thomas Pynchon", because honestly no one knows who he is.

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review by . September 10, 2010
What can I add? Unlike most readers, I worked backward before forward into this novel. I'd read "The Crying of Lot 49" in grad school and "Vineland" on my own, but felt incapable of handling "Gravity's Rainbow." Earlier this year, I finished "Against the Day" after months of grappling with its ambiguities and terrible beauties, and then took on the pleasant if as paranoid "Inherent Vice" and next "V." (I reviewed dutifully if tardily …
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An American Lieutenant stationed in London during the Blitz has a bizarre ability.
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Author: Thomas Pynchon
Genre: Fiction

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