Category: Grabbity’s Brainflow

The Kittysneezes Collection of Essays/Reviews of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon!

Gravity’s Rainbow, 500p-END, Matt’s Take

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So, I have finished Gravity’s Rainbow! I’m not sure if this has messed with anyone the way I ended up doing the read-along, where the first four or so are 50 pages per, and then the last ones were about 150 pages per? Though I guess if it did, it’s easy enough to just hold off on reading the others until you’ve caught up with each. I’m also throwing out the call that if anyone:
a) Was reading
and b) Is interested,
that if you’d like to post your own wrap-up type thoughts as a main article at Kittysneezes, I’d enjoy seeing it. (And given that everyone reads at a different rate, this is open for here on out, not just an immediate thing.)

So, anyway. THE BOOK. (and not Pointsman’s.)

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Gravity's Rainbow, 350-500pp., Matt's Take

A promise or a threat fulfilled — I’m doin’ wider spans, like I said I would last week! So, there! At least we’ve kind of hit the part of the novel where it really carries you along with its flow — it’s harder to put down, and I find myself really enjoying it even more.

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Gravity's Rainbow, 200-350pp., Matt's Take

Yay, we’re back on with this! Ben said he was gonna post an essay he’d been working on, but I guess he got waylaid by work or something, so he didn’t. But the fact remains that he TOTALLY SOLD ME OUT in terms of posting something for this last week, so to make up for it, I’m going to not only catch up to where I should be, but also do an extra fifty pages! So there! (Since Dave’s reading along too, and is at 440, that should be OK.)

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Gravity’s Rainbow, 150-200pp., Matt’s Take

Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity’s Rainbow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And with this one, we go into what is, for me, brand new territory. The Leni Pökler flashback (more on that in a bit) is about where I lost the plot (pardon the pun) and ended up putting it down and reading something else to rest my brain a bit. And by the time I picked it back up, it was better to just start again from the beginning. So, I did! Hooray!

I think for me, sometimes I have the biggest part wrapping my head around the Psi Section bits — I’m pretty much Not Into That in real life, and while I know that a) This isn’t real and b) It’s a comment on how the Nazis DID use (or, rather “use”) Psi Section-type stuff, I think there’s still a little bit in my brain that rebels on it and doesn’t quite want to process it all the way. I believe I’m getting better on that, but I still need to smack myself around a little when it comes to that, at least as it pertains to Gravity’s Rainbow. Continue reading

Gravity's Rainbow, 100-150pp., Matt's Take

This is the part of the novel where I stalled out last time — or, rather, just a bit farther. At this point, I was reading, enjoying the combinations of the words and sentences, but not really comphrending anything. This time, I’m doing much better — I believe that since this project is helping me pace myself (and also requiring me to make a deeper attempt at actual comphrension, since basically these would be even less interesting if they were just “PRETTY WORDS HAPPENED AND THEN THERE WAS SOME WEIRD STUFF”), I’m making more headway, and of course, getting more enjoyment from the novel.

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Gravity's Rainbow, 50-100pp., Matt's Take

[Ben’s been murdered at work, so his posts will be along shortly.]

It’s in these pages that the story begins to get a little bit more explanatory; not fully so, given that we’re only a 7th of the way in, or, perhaps 3/14ths, but yes. And there’s a few bits where you can perhaps see where the Pulitzer committee called it “obscene” — not that I agree, but there are a few bits that are cringeworthy (though one is hilarious).

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The first 50 pages of Gravity’s Rainbow — Matt’s Take

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, with cover ar...
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, with cover art by Frank Miller, released October 31, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the first actual entry in the Gravity’s Rainbow discussion thing! If you’d like to read along, this is the edition that we’re reading — so if you’re reading another edition, the pagination might be slightly different. (As a guide, this one is 776 pages.) As of right now, the only two people who will be posting articles about the book will be me and Ben, although other people are welcome — just let me know — or, if you’d rather just discuss in the comments, that’s fine as well! I believe both Ben and I are set-up to be emailed when anyone leaves a comment, so we will see things and hopefully respond!

This’ll probably turn out where Ben’ll probably be a bit more academic, in-depth on the novel, since not only is he much farther in it than I am, he’s also going for his Ph.D in English; me, I’m just a guy who works in radio and reads too dang much. So, while he’s all talking about the use of synecdoche in Pynchon’s work and what it means for literature on the whole, I’ll be talking about how the Banana Breakfast sounds real good.

OK — enough setup, let’s get into the book!

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Grabbity's Brainflow

FIRST: Thanks for the advice and such on the layout tweaks and suchlike! I’m glad I didn’t break it too much! So, hooray for that!

ALSO: Starting next week (I know, it seems to keep getting shoved back a week, just because Ben and I have both been pretty crazy busy) — the Kittysneezes Book Club. Or something stupid like that.

BASICALLY: Ben & I are going to read Gravity’s Rainbow, for reals this time, alla the way through. And to make sure we’re gonna DO IT (which is sad/weird that we NEED to because even though both of us have stalled out in the past — I think Ben a few times, starting from high school — we both really are INTO it, it’s just a bit of comprehension overload or something weird like that) — we’re doing it as an assignment.

MAINLY: Every week, Ben & I are going to post our thoughts on GR, 50 pages at a time. Sorta like the Cereblog, only with less crazy.

SO: Given that we’re starting next week — and I’m thinking this might take the slot of the Thursday article for me (and probably Thurs/Fri for Ben?), if anyone wants to follow along, you gots a while to get a copy. THIS is the edition I’ve got — and I’m pretty sure this is the same one I saw when I was over at Ben’s apartment last afternoon for Race For The Galaxy. So, yeah — check it out!

FINALLY: Not required, but if you also want in on the WRITING part of this, just let me know. No problems there. I’d be more than happy to have you — more the merrier and all that jazz. Else, you can just follow along and comment and whatnot. Or, um, ignore everything. Either way. Continue reading