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Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as ...Show synopsisTyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sibilant opening sentence, 'a screaming comes across the sky', heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany. Gravity's Rainbow is never a single story, but a proliferation of characters - Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more - and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. It is a blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes and among the most important novels of our time. Winner of the National Book Award.Hide synopsis
Description:Near Fine. 0670003743. Gently read copy with a few very minor...Near Fine. 0670003743. Gently read copy with a few very minor dings.; Book is clean, bright, square and tight. Price of 4.95 on cover.; 8.50 X 5.40 X 1.60 inches; 760 pages.
Description:First Edition. New York: The Viking Press, 1973. 1st edition,...First Edition. New York: The Viking Press, 1973. 1st edition, issued concurrently with hardcover. 760 pp. 8vo. Softcover. Book Condition: Very good. The covers are lightly rubbed. The corners of the covers are mildly bumped. There is a very small moisture stain on the front cover. Fiction.
Description:First edition. Written by Steven Weisenburger. Just a touch of...First edition. Written by Steven Weisenburger. Just a touch of minor rubbing to edges, otherwise fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps.
Description:Good. No Jacket. Book 1973 Viking Press Taiwan Pirated Edition (...Good. No Jacket. Book 1973 Viking Press Taiwan Pirated Edition ( I believe) in GOOD condition lacking a DJ. There is a dried water stain on the rear board that seeps in from pages 710 until the end though it is still easily read. The front boards look fine as does the slightly faded spine. Someone (probably the original owners who were from Taiwan) cut the bottom 1/2 of the title page again supporting the idea of this being a pirated edition.
Description:Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition, paperbound issue....Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition, paperbound issue. Viking Compass C374. The author's third novel. 19, 000 first printing copies were produced, of which 15, 000 were paperbound (as here). An exceptionally influential novel, winner of the William Dean Howells Medal (for the best work of fiction to appear in the U.S. over a five-year period), the National Book Award, and a 1973 Nebula Award nominee. "A sprawling slipstream novel about a World War II psychological warfare unit full of weird characters, one of whom seems to be determining the pattern of V-2 rocket attacks by his sexual activities but refuses to submit to study and possible control. Extraordinarily elaborate black comedy."-Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-885. "U.S. writer, all of whose works are fabulations which resemble sf under some interpretations, though the paranoia-wracked worlds his protagonists inhabit defeat any secure reading of the malign figurations of reality...Enormous and complex, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW offers no repose for a secure reading, but the search for its main protagonist (whose sexual climaxes predict and attract rockets from the V-2s on) fabulously posits an sf world...Pynchon's general concerns with entropy, paranoia and communication have had a fruitful effect on some sf writers."-Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 981. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 4-348. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-213. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 915-20. Touch of rubbing to spine panel at lower rear corner, minute creases to three corner tips, a nearly fine copy. A nice copy of the bulky trade paperback, now somewhat elusive in superior condition. (#110140)
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Description:Very Good Plus. Book First UK Edition, First Printing of the...Very Good Plus. Book First UK Edition, First Printing of the Paperback edition published simultaneously with the Hardcover edition. Some light marks to the edge of the text block and minimum curling to the edge of the pages near the cover otherwise unmarked, small fade to the spine and a light crease to one edge.
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I have read GR numerous times and each time it is still an education. The book really does require a couple of readings to grasp all its intricacies, and there are passages I still don't understand, but overall, the experience is more than worth it. So, not for the faint of heart, but stick with it ...
I picked up Gravity's Rainbow along with Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, after seeing a bumper sticker that said ?My other car is a Pynchon novel?. Though not an avid reader I do tend towards classics, classic Sci-Fi in particular.
I enjoyed Slow Learner but I guess I?m just not ...
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