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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
. Challenging yet reachable. Check this one off on the 'difficult' book list. A fun read if you can stay with it.Published 5 days ago by Steven Parkhurst
I don't know what else there is to say about this book that hasn't already been said. It's obvious from page 1 that Pynchon is VERY impressed with himself. Read morePublished 5 days ago by idiosophy
This is frequently listed as one of the great American novels of the latter half of the Twentieth Century and as a must-read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJA
This is no easy read; but if you can roll with it like a detailed, mellow-paced "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," set in WWII -- it will change your life with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ambrocious
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So it took me eight months to read "Gravity's Rainbow. Read more
Had the book now for how long? Still haven't finished it. So weird I kinda lost interest. Which is unusual for me. But seems a common experience with this book.Published 2 months ago by Don
just couldn't get into it but am sure it is well done...just not for mePublished 2 months ago by Mark Pope