I’m about to hit page 500 of Gravity’s Rainbow and all I can really, honestly, think about is how the book is going to end. There’s a lot happening in this book, and I don’t think I’ve read something so detailed, with so much scene-setting (which I was warned about), and so much attention paid to characters I thought would fade into an oblivion of unimportance. There are so many characters in this novel I don’t know what to do with myself. I am somewhat worried though about two characters—Slothrop (protagonist, and douchebag sometimes) and Enzian, whom I probably care about more than anyone in the novel. So far, he’s the hero for me. Yes, yes, I know, the book isn’t about him. I can dream.
The book is longer than 700 pages in my edition, and when I finish it, I’ll feel as though I’ve climbed Stone Mountain or something, or some other accomplishment worthy of a few months of reading. I’ve been reading it for over a month so far, trudging through some areas of rough terrain, and gliding through some poetic parts. Thomas Pynchon has a way of implementing poetic prose when he’s going through a character’s background—their life story, for you to fall madly in love with them, and a way of presenting dialogue in some drawled out, realistic, series of pauses that can make you lose him. Like I said, this book is long, and you have to keep up, because there are some sequences in this work that lose me, and I wonder what’s going on, until there is a pause, meaning there’s a new story within the massive story to tell.
Overall, the book cuts into my writing time, and has been since I’ve begun it, more and more as I’ve progressed through the book (for the past month, pfft), but it’s been well worth it when I really analyze it. I hope to learn a little something about writing after reading something—not to just be entertained, but live better, be instructed a little, gain some knowledge, just a multitude of lessons as anyone should look for after reading something. Like anything, they say you should read this one more than once to really get all of it. I plan to, and, I mean, why not read it again? I must’ve read Slaughterhouse Five about…five times in total, which is a guess, but, it’s somewhere around five times. Those were all well worth it too, just in case you were wondering what to read next. That’s an interesting little book, much shorter than Gravity’s Rainbow.
I hope to write something as complete as this book, because (I’m going to say it again), it is long, LONG. It chronicles so much of history, and I don’t mean complete history, but with the sections of history it focuses on, there are so many details presented, and each ‘important’ character has a place. I think that’s all I’ll say for now, before I end up spoiling something for someone planning to take on this novel.
I’ll likely write a review or say something about this book when I’m actually done with it.