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Riassunto: Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.
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Review: Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then (as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sinister, insinuatingly sibilant opening sentence), "a screaming comes across the sky," heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. The novel's title, Gravity's Rainbow, refers to the rocket's vapor arc, a cruel dark parody of what God sent Noah to symbolize his promise never to destroy humanity again. History has been a big trick: the plan is to switch from floods to obliterating fire from the sky.
Slothrop's father was an unwitting part of the cosmic doublecross. To provide for the boy's future Harvard education, he took cash from the mad German scientist Laszlo Jamf, who performed Pavlovian experiments on the infant Tyrone. Laszlo invented Imipolex G, a new plastic useful in rocket insulation, and conditioned Tyrone's privates to respond to its presence. Now the grown-up Tyrone helplessly senses the Imipolex G in incoming V-2s, and his military superiors are investigating him. Soon he is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany.
That's just the Imipolex G tip of the shrieking vehicle that is Pynchon's book. It's pretty much impossible to follow a standard plot; one must have faith that each manic episode is connected with the great plot to blow up the world with the ultimate rocket. There is not one story, but a proliferation of characters (Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more) and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. You will enjoy Pynchon's cartoon inferno far more if you consult Steven Weisenburger's brief companion to the novel, which sorts out Pynchon's blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes. Rest easy: there really is a simple reason why Kekulé von Stradonitz's dream about a serpent biting its tail (which solved the structure of the benzene molecule) belongs in the same novel as the comic-book-hero Plastic Man.
Pynchon doesn't want you to rest easy with solved mysteries, though. Gravity's Rainbow uses beautiful prose to induce an altered state of consciousness, a buzz. It's a trip, and it will last. --Tim Appelo
Titolo: Gravity's Rainbow
Casa editrice: Bantam
Data di pubblicazione: 1984
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Acceptable. Book bent. Light edge wear. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Codice libro della libreria mon0000279822
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0553246844
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Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Condizione libro: good. A good reading copy. May contain markings or be a withdrawn library copy. Expect delivery in 20 days. Codice libro della libreria 9780553246841-4
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020553246844
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. 11th printing. Book in Good+ condition. No markings throughout. Family owned since 1989. Selling online since 1995. Exceptional shopping experience, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Codice libro della libreria mon0000585810
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P010553246844
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110553246844
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97805532468414.0
Descrizione libro Bantam, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0553246844