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Synopsis : 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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Review: Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then (as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sinister, insinuatingly sibilant opening sentence), "a screaming comes across the sky," heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. The novel's title, Gravity's Rainbow, refers to the rocket's vapor arc, a cruel dark parody of what God sent Noah to symbolize his promise never to destroy humanity again. History has been a big trick: the plan is to switch from floods to obliterating fire from the sky.
Slothrop's father was an unwitting part of the cosmic doublecross. To provide for the boy's future Harvard education, he took cash from the mad German scientist Laszlo Jamf, who performed Pavlovian experiments on the infant Tyrone. Laszlo invented Imipolex G, a new plastic useful in rocket insulation, and conditioned Tyrone's privates to respond to its presence. Now the grown-up Tyrone helplessly senses the Imipolex G in incoming V-2s, and his military superiors are investigating him. Soon he is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany.
That's just the Imipolex G tip of the shrieking vehicle that is Pynchon's book. It's pretty much impossible to follow a standard plot; one must have faith that each manic episode is connected with the great plot to blow up the world with the ultimate rocket. There is not one story, but a proliferation of characters (Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more) and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. You will enjoy Pynchon's cartoon inferno far more if you consult Steven Weisenburger's brief companion to the novel, which sorts out Pynchon's blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes. Rest easy: there really is a simple reason why Kekulé von Stradonitz's dream about a serpent biting its tail (which solved the structure of the benzene molecule) belongs in the same novel as the comic-book-hero Plastic Man.
Pynchon doesn't want you to rest easy with solved mysteries, though. Gravity's Rainbow uses beautiful prose to induce an altered state of consciousness, a buzz. It's a trip, and it will last. --Tim Appelo
Titre : Gravity's Rainbow
Éditeur : Viking Press
Date d'édition : 1991
Reliure : Hard Cover
Illustrateur : N/a
Etat du livre : Very Good
Edition : First Edition.
Description du livre The Viking Press 1973-01-01, 1973. Hardcover. État : Fair. 1st. 0670348325 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. N° de réf. du libraire POTM-0670348325
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Description du livre Viking Books, New York, NY, 1973. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 760 p. Audience: General/trade. Good. No dust jacket. Missing dust jacket. Remainder mark on bottom edge. 1991 reissue edition. N° de réf. du libraire Alibris.0006450
Description du livre The Viking Press, 1973. Hardcover. État : Very Good. N° de réf. du libraire P020670348325
Description du livre The Viking Press, 1973. Hard Cover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Hardback with dust jacket. BOOK CLUB EDITION. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket that has a touch of sunning along spine, light wear to covers and edges of book. N° de réf. du libraire 005617
Description du livre The Viking Press, 1973. Hardcover. État : Like New. N° de réf. du libraire P010670348325
Description du livre Viking Books, New York, NY, 1973. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 760 p. Audience: General/trade. Very good in very good dust jacket. 1991 printing with price and 091 on front jacket flap. Remainder mark on lower block edge. N° de réf. du libraire Alibris.0006451
Description du livre The Viking Press, 1973. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110670348325
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