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Hey, /lit/. I'm going to start attending a class on Thomas Pynchon soon. I've already read through The Crying of Lot 49 and Bleeding Edge. Gravity's Rainbow is next on the chopping block for me. I've skimmed through it, and I can already say that it's gonna be a bumpy ride. I'm looking for all the critical material I can find in regards to it. That being said, I'm especially on the lookout for the Gravity's Rainbow Companion by Steven C. Weisenburger. Does anyone have it and would they be willing to share?
I can't really tell you much, except that as a nonsupersrs reader, I had trouble getting through the first chapter and grasping what was going on.
I ended up having to put it down because school required me to read a bunch of stuff
if school is keeping you from reading GR, then you should burn your school to the ground.
thankfully schools almost over. and maybe i can start again. Maybe I should buy this companion book to go with it.
To anyone whos read it, what makes it so complex? is its complexity justified or is it just pretentious?
i'm particularly stupid, so i had to read GR about six times before i caught on to what it was about.
the thing that throws most people is, it doesn't follow the 'hero's journey' plot. i won't give it away, but it weirded me the hell out the first time i finished it. i can appreciate what he was doing now, and it's a little like building an incredibly ornate and perfectly crafted bridge that goes half way across a river then twists and goes straight up.
the companion: http://libgen.me/view.php?id=1420283
Is "Against the Day" being studied?