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Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973), set in an alternative-universe version of World War II, has been called a modern Finnegan's Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers' experience of the book. A leading exponent of punk-based, DIY art, Smith here presents his most ambitious project to date -- an art book exactly as long as the work it's interpreting: 760 drawings, paintings, photos, and less definable images in 760 pages. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war -- a burned-out Königstiger tank, a melted machine gun -- coexist alongside such phantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the "stumbling bird" and "Girgori the octopus." Smith has stated his aim to be "as literal as possible" in interpreting Gravity's Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerfully unique as the prose they honor.See all Editorial Reviews
It's an ambitious concept, but the title is misleading. If Smith's intent is to "show what happens on each page" of Gravity's Rainbow, it only succeeds sporadically. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JJSR
I became familiar with Zak's work through D&D - and this really piqued my interest. Consider my interest well rewarded. This is a masterwork in a lot of ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Porter Woodward
Art is a matter of taste, but this is just plain bad. Skip it and buy a good art book.Published 18 months ago by SCOTT MOBERLY
It will require more intensive study to offer a proper review. But this is a highly idiosyncratic volume keyed in (I'm not sure how yet) to one of the more important ur-novels of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jahana
This book is the perfect aid to those reading "Gravity's Rainbow"! I've read "Gravity's Rainbow" at least four times and its always got something new and shocking! LOVE the book.Published on November 15, 2012 by Sherrill A. Smith
Sorry to burst everyone's bubble (I haven't seen many reviews with this high an average, truth be told), but: there's no evidence whatsoever -- despite the convenient "title" --... Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Smiley McGrouchpants