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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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The cover reads, "The most important work of fiction yet produced by any living writer" right... 100 pages in, I still found it unintelligible. Life is too short for such crap. Next! Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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the only book i have ever walked away from unfinished. it's a huge and multifaceted tale and the problem is that the author simply can't examine a single one of those facets without literally smearing shit on it. Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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I tried to read this three times before I finally got all the way through it, and I'm still wondering why I bothered. If you want to read Pynchon, I would recommend trying any of his other books - I ... Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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The infinite preposterousness required for giving this classic masterpiece of English literature both old and new only one star out of five is the result of a long-standing struggle between my ... Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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Terrible. Poorly written, scattered and meaningless words jumbled together. Read full review

Review: Gravity's Rainbow

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Second book I have chosen not to finish. I read about a tenth of the way through the book but had to skip huge sections that were garbage. Finally skipped a quarter of the way through, tried again ... Read full review

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This book was so horrible I stopped reading it after about 30 pages. Don't waste your time/money. Read full review


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