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Book Review: Inherent Vice

Cover of "Inherent Vice"

Cover of Inherent Vice

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When I was first deciding that I was going to check out Thomas Pynchon, a lot of folks pointed me to his shortest novel, The Crying of Lot 49alt. I need to re-read it, but at the time, it didn’t really click. At the time, I said something along the lines of “I see the influence on a lot of stuff I read that came later, but I tend to think they did it better.”

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

Gravity's Rainbow

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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, 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

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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