I’ll start by saying I may not be qualified to review Gravity’s Rainbow since I can’t, with good conscience, claim I read the book, but rather slogged through it. A book of such renown and volume required more than my typical week and like others recently, I gave it a two-week allowance. Alas the extra time did not provide the hoped for concentration I desired.
Perhaps I’ve become a bit stodgy or like some members of the Pulitzer Board had difficulty with its coprophilic focus. It would be too easy to refer to it as a rather shitty book so while I should not, I just can’t resist.
Following World War II, we meet an oddball cast of lascivious and deceitful characters as they attempt to uncover secrets of a mysterious German weapon. From there, the frenzy begins and doesn’t let up…
Since I doubt Mr. Pynchon would agree to meet with me, I’d have to create a diversion to allow such an encounter. Perhaps he has returned to his Long Island roots where I could lie in wait…What would I ask of such a man? How he meant his work to be understood would be a good start for me.
My rating for Gravity’s Rainbow is a 1 out of 10.
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