Gravity’s Rainbow

September 30th, 2002 Comments Off on Gravity’s Rainbow

I’m currently reading Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Written in 1973, it is considered one of the most brilliant post-war books — a reputation which affirms itself in each page I’ve read so far. Pynchon’s use of language is masterful — long and evocative sentences charged with meaning that feels like poetry instead of the prose they are. It’s fascinating the way he weaves the narrative, keeping its pace and presenting a rich imagery that draws the reader into the story’s universe. In the first pages, I kept wondering if his verbal contortions would add up to something, but as I’m progressing through the book I’m starting to see the patterns and meanings under the surface. I’m eager to see where they will lead to.

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