Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

This book is completely insane, but in a good way. I first attempted to read this book in 2008 (after reading V and The Crying of Lot 49). It was too dense. I got 80 pages into it, and gave up.

I recently retried it, and it took a good two weeks for me to get through it. It also took several trips to wikipedia, both to look up events of WWII, as well as the book itself just to make sure I was on the right track.

Nonetheless, this book is not for the faint of heart, and I felt like I was being taken for a pretty crazy ride. I estimate I understood most of the plot (70%), with most of the obscure 1940's pop culture references going right over my head.

Nonetheless, I am glad I stuck with it. If you're not a fan of the writing style in V, your are not going to like this book (as previously mentioned). That's about all I am going to say about that, because nobody who ever reads this blog will ever attempt to read this book.

I've moved on to Hogdoggin by Anthony Neil Smith.

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