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User Review  - Gregorio_Roth - LibraryThing

Caveat Lector: There is no way to summarize such an enormous novel with any type of justice. Here lies a book that is a creative germ. It is really one where you allow it to wash over you and as it ... Read full review

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User Review  - WHA - LibraryThing

I read this many years ago. Definitely starts slow, but it's incredible. I always thought the best tip to start is to know that Tyrone Slothrop is the main character. By the time I had finished, I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Praj05 - LibraryThing

It has been more than a month since I bunged Slothrop’s world of paranoia. Yet, the very mention of Gravity’s Rainbow sends an agonizing quiver through my spine. With a half-burnt Marlboro dangling in ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Ha! I finally got you, Gravity's Rainbow! I have finally conquered you! Man, I need to read this again later. After several tries and a year long streak of binge-reading, I must claim a vain show of ... Read full review

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User Review  - pajarita - LibraryThing

After many years of efforts, I’ve finished reading this vast work. And although there is much that has become clear to me, there is still much that is clouded and yet to be absorbed. It is likely that ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbsallery - LibraryThing

This is one of only two books I have ever stopped reading part-way through. The other is Joyce's Ulysses; the stylistic similarities of the two may have put me off of Gravity's Rainbow on my first ... Read full review

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Gravity's Rainbow is a book you either love or hate, and if you hate it it's probably because you couldn't finish the damn thing. Though by no means impenetrable, the novel is daunting enough to merit a list of tips for those wishing to tackle it for the first time. Below is my advice on how new readers can get over the hump. Trust me, it's a small hump, and the masterpiece that lies on the other side is worth the effort.
1. Read V first... Pynchon's V is shorter and more accessible than Gravity's Rainbow, but addresses the same themes in a similar style. If you enjoyed V, you will have built up a reserve of goodwill for Pynchon that will carry you through the initial rough patches of Gravity's Rainbow. This advice was given to me years ago, and I'm glad I took it.
2. Accept that you won't understand everything...Don't be concerned if you can't follow the many digressions or keep track of every minor character that pops up. As with other famously difficult novels, Gravity's Rainbow's real payoff comes in the rereading, so you shouldn't feel obliged to linger over each passage until it makes sense. Pynchon isn't trying to lord it over you by writing a book this dense; it's just his way of giving you your money's worth. Just follow what you can the first time through, which fortunately is a lot.
3. Accentuate the accessible...Gravity's Rainbow's unreadability is over-hyped. Yes, there are many jarring digressions, but threading through them is a fairly conventional detective story. Sure there are lyrical passages that take off for the stratosphere, but they are grace notes in a melody of otherwise breezy narrative prose. So on your first time through, it's enough to follow the main plot (will Slothrop find the mysterious Rocket 00000?) and enjoy Pynchon's jokes, which are laugh-out-loud funny.
4. Don't give up too early...I don't want to say that Gravity's Rainbow gets off to a slow start, but it has a lot of scene-setting to do, and the engine that really drives the book along only gets revved up in part 2. Part 1 is a well-executed minor key portrait of wartime London, but part 2 is where the drugs kick in, so stick with the novel at least that far.
 

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Along with Dos Passos' "USA", one of the greatest American novels of all time. Very like a "Moby Dick" in stature, scope and permanence of vision. One of my all time favorite novels. Easily the equal of "Ulysses."

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Worth the effort to read.

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User Review  - ElectricKoolAid - LibraryThing

You can get high from reading this book! During boring hours adrift at sea I used to pull this out. I really like the Penguin Deluxe edition. Read full review


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