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gravities rainbow by pynchon?
my mum has given it to me. it look pretty hefty.
worth the read?
I do like Pynchon a lot, but I've only read V and The Crying of Lot 49 (and am reading Against The Day in short bursts).
His stuff is difficult to get through for verious reasons - odd words, odd structures, lots and lots of characters, many plots at once - but finishing something by him does feel like a real achievement...
And Gravity's Rainbow is meant to be his masterpiece, and certain intellectual types seem to treat anyone who's read it with instant respect.
but hard :/
though, from what little ive read, he's quite a funny as well, which helps...
I tried to read Mason & Dixon. Apparently not the best introduction to Pynchon. I found it totally impenetrable.
They'd be just as long as the actual book...
Lot 49 today.. eek
And, of course, it's quite short. It's a good book, but it's also by far the best way to get into Pynchon I've found. You can just about keep everything in your head by the end...
never read it
i still have The Crying of Lot 49 on my shelf. it looks much more approachable
I've only read 'The Crying of Lot 49'. It didn't want to make me read anything else by Pynchon, but I must say, it's a book that you think about years after reading it. (well everynow and then anyway...)
Supremely talented. But he's very much a writer's writer, in that it's very hard to love on anything other than the technical level...
like me and everyone else!
got it out the library about a week back but only managed to read about 100 pages so far. Too many characters and too many plots going on.
i've read the crying of lot 49 and i started vineland but never finished it due to some real life dramas