- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Tin House Books; y First American edition edition (December 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977312798
- ISBN-13: 978-0977312795
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow Paperback – December 30, 2006
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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.
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The title of Smith’s 760-page book claims to show “what happens on each page of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity Rainbow.” This title is very misleading. Call me artistically-challenged, but there are only weak connections between the illustrations and the novel. (I would read one or two dozen pages of the novel then view Smith's illustrations.) While some of the sketches are interesting (I particularly like the sketches of people), I did not like most of sketches. I bought this book based on the five-star reviews here; I am now honestly puzzled by the statements made in those reviews. I regret purchasing the book.
An aside: In 1974, the Pulitzer Prize fiction judges unanimously voted to give the prize to “Gravity’s Rainbow.” The Pulitzer’s advisory board refused to award the prize to Pynchon (for various reasons) and the fiction judges refused to submit an alternate. Therefore, no prize was awarded that year.
Even if you were to leave Pynchon's novel out of it - the art itself - page after page after page after page.... it's a volume you'll come back to for idle perusing for years to come.