Gravity’s Rainbow was tough (I’m sure you know). It was a long book, and I think the other really long novel I’ve read was Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. I, by no means, consider my website a site you come to for reviews, but when I read something good, I like to talk about it. The same goes for films I watch (they have to be really special, or new…or something).
The book is really long, as I said, but, it’s also dense. What I mean by that, is that the language is packed together, hard consonants, different concepts, technical punctuation, all things Thomas Pynchon is known for. This makes it a book you can’t, or shouldn’t speed read through, because you’d be missing a lot of color, and scene-setting. However, all of that color and scene-setting can be a drag sometimes, and like walking through high snow or some mythical wintry mix.
I won’t reveal any plot details because a) There are too many b) I don’t have that kind of time c) I don’t want to spoil the novel for you, and d) The book is just full of symbolism and motifs that people always suggest you read it more than once to “get it”. This novel isn’t your canon high school read, which is why people don’t cover it in high school curricula, or college ones either (to my knowledge). I love the detial in this book, and some of its characters. There are a million characters to try and keep up with, diving in and out of the narrative, and Pynchon has a way of making you fall in love with many of them, feeding you pages of their own small stories (that sometimes continue). There are times when I was spellbound by the prose, and there were I thought the plot was just too extended, wishing the book would end. This novel is a complete one, filled with love and hate for the writing and the characters, and there were times when I felt it was beautiful and terrible. And I have a thing for WWII books and films, so I liked that about it as well. All I can say is, just read it.