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Gravity's Rainbow (1973)

de Thomas Pynchon

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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.… (més)
Afegit fa poc perRennie8888, noisychannel, biblioteca privada, Arina8888, ethanpeck, ce455
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    alaskayo: Like Pynchon? Like DeLillo? Here we gots DeLillo's enthusiastic and goofy response to his own, favorable experience with Pynchon's most famous monsterwork. Wit, mathematical math and DeLillo dialogue.
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Delightful. I'm going to read this again, right now. ( )
  jdegagne | Apr 23, 2022 |
Algo así como Moby Dick con cohetes en vez de ballenas.

No queda claro quién es el capitán Ahab, porque son muchos los personajes que están obsesionados con la V-2 nazi.

El argumento no puede ser más sencillo: NO HAY.

Una locura muy gorda. ( )
  tomdoniphon | Apr 21, 2022 |
I have never been this hard-pressed by a book either to understand it or just to finish it. I realize now that understanding it was never really the point, though. There are parts of Gravity's Rainbow that operate as a regular novel would. There is plot and character development and a connection between one event and another. But I don't think that this is necessarily the best way for me to have read this book (and that is how I read--follow the characters through a plot as they do things that lead on to other things).

This is a big idea book but is one written on the sentence level. I think I could easily agonize over each sentence and find something to say, but I think that would take away the enjoyment this book taught me to take in the reading of it. Gravity's Rainbow is complex (obviously), high-minded, incredibly coarse, funny, frustrating, self-referential, self-deprecating, and (ultimately) circular. One of my favorite lines in the book happens near the end, an absurd simile that reminded me that Pynchon is just playing: "The knife cuts through the apple like a knife cutting an apple." I laughed and nearly threw the book. I had been holding the book too tightly mentally, and Pynchon seemed to reach through and say 'Relax. None of this matters. Everything is absurd.'

Would I recommend this book? It would really depend on the person. There are plenty of perfectly legitimate reasons not to bother with this book. But there are plenty of reasons that someone might find pleasure and even enlightenment in this text. It has taken me the better part of a year to get through this because of some false starts and fractured attention, and laborious reading and re-reading of passages. If that does not sound like fun (or that it would be worth it despite not being 'fun'), then perhaps no. This is one of those books that I feel like you have to finish to appreciate, though (duh). The end ties things together like a good punchline. ( )
  ozm0zis | Apr 19, 2022 |
Aborted attempt; haven't read
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Obviously this long, complicated book is immensely worthy, for the way it pushed the boundaries of post-modern writing. It used all the taboo breaking energy of the seventies to include as many fetishes and sexual inclinations as it could, and it is also occasionally brilliantly poetic and heart-breakingly beautiful...BUT...
the way it felt for me was mostly a slog, through a turgid marsh, where I was frequently lost. There's too many characters in too many plot-lines that jump about seemingly at random, leaving me not really caring. I made the mistake of continuing beyond the point where I could easily give up. ( )
  Phil-James | Oct 1, 2021 |
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There’s a dirty secret tucked away in Thomas Pynchon’s novels, and it’s this: beyond all the postmodernism and paranoia, the anarchism and socialism, the investigations into global power, the forays into labor politics and feminism and critical race theory, the rocket science, the fourth-dimensional mathematics, the philatelic conspiracies, the ’60s radicalism and everything else that has spawned 70 or 80 monographs, probably twice as many dissertations, and hundreds if not thousands of scholarly essays, his novels are full of cheesy love stories.
afegit per elenchus | editaTheMillions.com, Sean Carswell (Mar 10, 2016)
 
Those who have read Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow know that those 700+ pages add up to more than just a novel; it’s an experience. The hundreds of characters are difficult to follow, the plot is nonsensical, sex is graphically depicted, drugs are smoked out of a kazoo and a poor light bulb goes through many humiliating experiences. But the brilliance of Gravity’s Rainbow is not in spite of its oddness but because of it.
 
Like one of his main characters, Pynchon in this book seems almost to be "in love, in sexual love, with his own death." His imagination--for all its glorious power and intelligence--is as limited in its way as Céline's or Jonathan Swift's. His novel is in this sense a work of paranoid genius, a magnificent necropolis that will take its place amidst the grand detritus of our culture. Its teetering structure is greater by far than the many surrounding literary shacks and hovels. But we must look to other writers for food and warmth.
 

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"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death." – Wernher von Braun (Beyond the Zero)
"You will have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood." – Merian C. Cooper to Fay Wray (Un Perm' au Casino Hermann Goering)
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This classic hustle is still famous, even today, for the cold purity of its execution: bring opium from India, introduce it into China – howdy Fong, this here's opium, opium, this is Fong – ah, so, me eatee! – no-ho-ho, Fong, you smokee, [smokee], see? pretty soon Fong's coming back for more and more, so you create an inelastic demand for the shit, get China to make it illegal, then sucker China into a couple-three disastrous wars over the right of your merchants to sell opium, which by now you are describing as sacred. You win, China loses. Fantastic.
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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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