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Penned by a man who is much smarter than I will ever be, the author is nevertheless guilty of abusing his audience. He dangles a carrot by throwing in the occasional lucid passage only to kick us in the nuts with childish bathroom humor or some lurid sexual depravity as he lowers his intellect to the level of the common man. His 70's style repeated attempts to shock the reader with his artfully constructed outlandish, vulgar scenes didn't work for me. I'm no prude, but it all becomes tiresome and boring as the pages turn. Doesn't matter how masterful a wordsmith is at commenting on the phallic shape of a rocket, or comparing a rocket's trajectory and resulting explosion to the stages of erection and ejaculation, it just makes him look like a dick head after awhile.
If you feel the need to get through Gravity's Rainbow to round out your literati intellect, or simply to check off an item on your bucket list, then have at it. You might get something out of it (just hard to tell what). If you are looking for a good read, then move on. The essence of this book can be summed up entirely with this one sentence found on page 712, "The Man has a branch office in each of our brains, his corporate emblem is a white albatross, each local rep has a cover known as Ego, and their mission in this world is Bad Sh!t."
 

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A lot of pretentious postmodernist nihilistic rubbish.Just because it's hard to understand doesn't give it depth.Be taken in by the good reviews if you want to be another sophisticate.The book is trash and it stands as a good representation of modern day degenerate bourgeois culture.

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Painfully over-wordy, this book reads more like a final project for a Lit degree than something written by an author who's comfortable in his own skin. Other people with Lit degrees will love this book and rave endlessly about it's high-brow graces. The rest of the world should avoid having to suffer through the author's indulgence in his own vocabulary and love of the comma, necessary or otherwise. 

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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I read a lot of books, and have been for a long time. This is the worst book I've ever read. Technically, that's a lie. I quit after about 50 pages, and I rarely quit on books. I don't know what to ... Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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200 pages into it, I'm not saying this is a bad book, but it's not the book I want to read right now. Flashes of brilliance for sure. Swaths of obscurity. I hope abandoning it doesn't mean I'll never read it. Maybe some other year. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Peters - Goodreads

200 pages into it, I'm not saying this is a bad book, but it's not the book I want to read right now. Flashes of brilliance for sure. Swaths of obscurity. I hope abandoning it doesn't mean I'll never read it. Maybe some other year. Read full review

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I don't agree with the idea that you either love this book or you don't get it. Read full review

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User Review  - Angus MacCaull - Goodreads

I don't agree with the idea that you either love this book or you don't get it. Read full review

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Just no. Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Knight - Goodreads

Just no. Read full review


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