Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas PynchonGravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Gravity's Rainbow

byThomas Pynchon

Paperback | June 1, 1995

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
Title:Gravity's RainbowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.3 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140188592

ISBN - 13:9780140188592


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! still crazy after all these years - what a wild ride!
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I did not love it, even though I was told I had to This book is a challenge and any one who has read it will agree. It is not a lazy Sunday, easy read. It is a book that will command your attention and if that attentions falters for every a paragraph you will be lost. Pynchon begins thoughts half way through, expecting you to know what he is referring to, I often found myself reading blindly and then once I figured out who he was talking about, going back and rereading the pages I was lost in. He will mention characters you will never hear about again, and mention characters in the same breath that will go on to play pivotal roles later on. You just never know, so your find your head being filled with characters. Some parts of the books were difficult to read as it could be quite disturbing. Overall I am glad I read it, but I can not think of many people I know who would enjoy reading this. I was happy when it was over
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zany, magnificent genius. Any book that can combine loony tunes flavoured antics with a deep exploration of war and love and those various unseen forces that drag and pull at man as he makes his way hazily through history is a book that you should probably read, no?
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating and infuriating in equal parts. The story about "Byron the bulb" is great though.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant One of the best books of the 20th century. If you haven't read Pynchon, you are missing out on a master craftsman.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, defining novel. Described by some as an encyclopedia of postmodernism (if such a thing can even exist), prepare for this book to take you on a stunning, confusing, psychedelic, cartoonish, sex-fueled journey across Europe. Get ready for love, government, war, paranoia, colonialism, and the deconstruction of all that is so defining in Pynchon's genre. Only a master writer could compose such a work - funny, daring, provocative, beautiful, technical. Every word is precise. It's a journey that's worthwhile taking.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riches beyond measure This isn't the kind of book you read; it's the kind you reread. There's just so much ... so many characters, plot tangents; enough scientific and occult arcana, kinky sex, Nazis, and humor to last a lifetime. I've read it twice and have barely scratched the surface. Riches beyond measure.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book took me a while to get into (lots of characters, lots of meandering plot lines) but if you're able to get through the first few sections you will be rewarded with a terrific, engaging story.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating world of its own This book is complex, humorous and full of twists and turns. A book that I'll never forget reading and always hold some of the characters dear. Set in World War 2-era Europe, the book is a world of its own, populated by some of the oddest characters I've ever encountered. I wouldn't recommend this book for everyone, but if you like a challenge and have a few months to dedicate to its complexities, then enjoy. Likely a book I'll read again to catch everything I missed the first time.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gravity's Rainbow To whoever plans to read this book: know that it is bigger than you are, you will be baffled and puzzled, you will stop reading, etc etc. Just go with the flow and do not feel bad if you do not get it. Most of the people who read this book simply don't get it.
Date published: 2006-07-14

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During the Second World War the Allies discover they have a strange secret weapon in their defence arsenal. This comes in the form of Tyrone Slothrop, an American Lieutenant in London. It seems that every time the Germans send off a V-2 rocket in his direction - and therefore England's - he gets an erection. While studying this remarkable coincidence, he realizes that the roots of his prediction abilities come from experiments performed on him as a child. As he sets out on a quest for the truth, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow examines the elasticity of the human mind.