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Riassunto: Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern novel written by Thomas Pynchon and first published on February 28, 1973. The narrative is set primarily in Europe at the end of World War II and centers on the design, production and dispatch of V-2 rockets by the German military, and, in particular, the quest undertaken by several characters to uncover the secret of a mysterious device named the "Schwarzgerät" ("black device") that is to be installed in a rocket with the serial number "00000." The novel has been praised for its innovation and complexity, though the acclaim has been criticized by some. In 1974, the three-member Pulitzer Prize jury on fiction supported Gravity's Rainbow for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. However, the other eleven members of the board overturned this decision. The novel was nominated for the 1973 Nebula Award for Best Novel and won the National Book Award in 1974. Since its publication, Gravity's Rainbow has spawned an enormous amount of literary criticism and commentary, including two readers' guides and several online concordances, and it is frequently cited as Pynchon's magnum opus.
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: Jonathan Cape
Data di pubblicazione: 1973
Condizione libro: Near fine
Edizione: First UK edition..
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020224009605
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Almost new condition. Codice libro della libreria P010224009605
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Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0224009605
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0224009605
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0224009605
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110224009605
Descrizione libro CAPE, LONDON, 1973. 1ST. mustard cloth boards with black upper page edges,760 pages,some light bumping to corners and creasing to spine ends o/w in vg condition,no inscriptions,vg price clipped d/w,scans available on request. Codice libro della libreria 012661
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, London, United Kingdom, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good +. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good +. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with 'First Published in Great Britain in 1973' to the copyright page to indicate a true first print in a very good plus Dust Jacket which is not price clipped (£3.95) there is fade to the spine and light foxing to the inner flaps. Small chip to one corner and mild rubbing to the spine of the jacket. The boards are tight with a small bump to one corner. Clean pages no writing, very mild foxing to the fore edge. Black Top Stain still present and unfaded. Codice libro della libreria 004905
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, London, 1973. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition. A fine 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper.Dustwrapper has printed price of £3.95 on the front flap. Dustwrapper has slight crease of 5cm at the bottom of the front panel and a similar length of laminate lift on the bottom of the back panel in the hinge area. Black edgestain to top of text block virtually as new. Codice libro della libreria 007478