Gravity's Rainbow, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


"The greatest, wildest author of his generation". ("Guardian"). We could tell you the year is 1944, that the main character is called Tyrone Slothrop and that he has a problem because bombs are falling across Europe and crashing to earth at the exact locations of his sexual conquests.

But that doesn't really begin to cover it. Reading this book is like falling down a rabbit hole into an outlandish, sinister, mysterious, absurd, compulsive netherworld.

As the "Financial Times" said, 'you must forget earlier notions about life and letters and even the Novel.' Forty years since publication, "Gravity's Rainbow" has lost none of its power to enthral.




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Well I suppose you could say "this is rocket science", but this is a very difficult book to summarise. On one hand you could see it as obscene, rambling and unfocused, but on the other full of humour, ideas and fantasy, pitching the reader into a learned disturbed picaresque dream story of rockets, chemistry, psychological experiments and conspiracy, set during the confusion at the end of World War II. I enjoyed parts of it and found it very intriguing, but found the whole somewhat confusing (which is probably intended).

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