Gravity's Rainbow

luka

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I got stuck around page 650. It's mostly cos I entered a mucky turbid brain zone. Not so much the fault of the book. I couldn't read anything. quite unpleasant but yes these things happen. I'm back into it now got about 100 pages left. He was definitely smoking too much weed when he wrote it.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
I think that's been a constant throughout his career though, and I doubt he's been that stoned for 50 years.
 

luka

Moderator
I finished this a couple of days ago. It's ok. But compare it to Burroughs. Wsb is a major artist. Pynchon very much a minor artist, second rate by birth.
 

luka

Moderator
The best bits are the descriptions (of mostly landscape drizzle. Mist.) The worst stuff is the slap stick the songs the whimsy the length the diffuseness
 

luka

Moderator
They're not even well written they don't scan nuffink... it's a very tv/movies book obviously
 

luka

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The simpsons. No wonder hes appeared on it. Same media literate thing but simpsons is much sharper
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
In the first few pages we get a character called DeCoverley. Surely a reference to Major de Coverley in the other great postmodern satirical WWII novel?
 

luka

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I like the orgy scene with Greta's daughter, can't remember her name. Who cares, right? She's dead now. And the final scene with the kids in the rocket. The rest is just a convoluted mess (with some real clever writing and dense reference material you can plunder for years and (wasted) years!).
Heh
 
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