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Now that I have battled Proust (the first volume at least) I attempt… - delta_november

Apr. 14th, 2007

04:31 pm

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Now that I have battled Proust (the first volume at least) I attempt another Great Work.  I just bought Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon.  I tried to read it many years ago by borrowing it from the library, but a three week period wasn't enough to scratch the surface.  Now that I own it I hope to pummel it into submission in as much time as it takes.

My motivation for the purchase was finding a different book on the shelves at Bakka:
Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, Zak Smith

This book has 760 pages, and each contains an original piece of art depicting the events on the corresponding page of GR.  I'm amazed at the concept, but cannot in good conscience buy it without having read the original.

Edit: It's also available online!
http://www.themodernword.com/pynchon/zak_smith/title.htm

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From:cszego
Date:April 15th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Now you, too, can get sucked down alongside the hoardes of ABD English students...

I wanted to let you know that sadly, you did not win tickets to NOBLE PARASITES. Alas, they went to someone else. But thanks for entering the draw.

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From:delta_november
Date:April 16th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
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No worries. I really ought to just buy tickets like everybody else.

Luckily for me, I can consider Gravity's Rainbow read if my eyes simply pass over each of the words. The poor English students then have to write learned papers about it.
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