Gravity's Rainbow

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Winner of the 1974 National Book Award “A screaming comes across the sky. . .” A few months after the Germans’ secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map of the city pinpointing the sexual conquests of one Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, U.S. Army, corresponds identically to a map showing the V-2 impact sites. The implications of this discovery will launch Slothrop on an amazing journey across war-torn Europe, fleeing an international cabal of military-industrial superpowers, in search of the mysterious Rocket 00000, through a wildly comic extravaganza that has been hailed in The New Republic as “the most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II.”

A Study Guide for Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow"

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A Study Guide for Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary

A Study Guide for Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A Gravity's Rainbow Companion

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A Gravity's Rainbow Companion by Steven C. Weisenburger Summary

Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of Steven Weisenburger's indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns around which Pynchon wove his story. Weisenburger fully annotates Pynchon's use of languages ranging from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as 1940s street talk, drug lingo, and military slang as well as the more obscure terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion also reveals the underlying organization of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references form patterns of meaning and structure that have eluded both admirers and critics of the novel. The Companion is keyed to the pages of the principal American editions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the special, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the novel as one of twenty "Great Books of the Twentieth Century."

Gravity's Rainbow, Domination, and Freedom

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The Style of Connectedness

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Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, arguably one of the greatest works of fiction in this century, has often been considered despairing, absurdist, or niilistic. Now, in a monumental effort to make Pynchon's work more accessible, Thomas Moore surveys all the major, and often confusing, backgrounds in Gravity's Rainbow--from archaic myths to quantum-physical theory; from romantic thought to rocket technology; from seventeenth-century Puritanism, through the ideas of Weber, Jung, and Marhsall McLuhan, to the worlds of Weimar and Hollywood movies--to help Pynchon's reader understand the weird, frightening, funny, lyrical, surreal, and ultimately hopeful cosmos of Pynchon's fictions. By exploring the novel's internal strategies and its brilliant integrations of background information, Moore illustrates how Gravity's Rainbow remains movingly humane, as its author, the agonized mediator of a bewildering field of cultural information, remains excruciatingly sensitive to every human image and gesture, searching for the chances for love and connection that still hide in the vast designs of things. The reader of Moore's work should emerge with a thorough appreciation of Pynchon's unique style of genius, of his optimism, of his intense moralism, and of the justness of the widespread claim that Pynchon is the most brilliant "encyclopedic" writer of fiction since Joyce.

A Gravity's Rainbow Companion

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A Gravity's Rainbow Companion by Steven Weisenburger Summary

Steven provides a page-by-page, often line-by-line, guide to the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes and puns around which Pynchon wove his novel. This is a guide book to one of the most important, and intractable, literary works of our time.

Pictures Showing what Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow

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Pictures Showing what Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow by Zak Smith Summary

Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973) has been called a modernFinnegans Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers' experience of the twentieth-century classic. Smith has created more than 750 pages of drawings, paintings, and photos--each derived from a page of Pynchon's novel. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war--a burned-out Konigstiger tank, a melted machine gun--coexist alongside such fantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the "stumbling bird" and "Grigori the octopus." Smith has said he aimed to be "as literal as possible" in interpreting Gravity's Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerful as the prose they honor.

Pynchon

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Vineland

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1984, Californie du Nord. Prairie, jeune fille de 14 ans, vit avec son père dans la région de Vineland, pays des séquoias géants et de la brume. Elle est à la recherche de sa mère, Frenesi Gates, ancienne activiste des mouvements radicaux étudiants des années 60 qui a mystérieusement pris la tangente peu après sa naissance. L'adolescente comprend que Frenesi la révolutionnaire a entretenu il y a belle lurette une relation amoureuse avec le diable, à savoir Brock Vond, procureur fédéral, qui, depuis vingt ans, n'a de cesse de vouloir éradiquer les " rouges " réfugiés dans les vallées de Vineland : gauchistes, fumeurs de joints, ex-hippies, funambules communistes, bûcherons anarcho-syndicalistes et fantômes en déroute. Avec l'aide de Darryl Louise, ninja fabuleuse à la chevelure flamboyante et à bord d'une Pontiac surpuissante, Prairie se lance dans une enquête qui fait surgir par flash-backs toute l'histoire de la gauche américaine. Sur fond de blues, de rock and roll frénétique ou d'absurdes ritournelles au ukulélé, Thomas Pynchon nous transporte dans le temps de la paranoïa et de la trahison. Vineland, paru en 1990 aux États-Unis, est le quatrième roman de Thomas Pynchon. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Michel Doury

Occupy Pynchon

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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- CHAPTER 1. Pynchon in Zuccotti Park: An Introduction -- CHAPTER 2. Vineland and the Insomniac Unavenged -- CHAPTER 3. Mason & Dixon and the Ghastly Fop -- CHAPTER 4. Against the Day and a World Like Ours, with One or Two Adjustments -- CHAPTER 5. Inherent Vice and Being in Place -- CHAPTER 6. Bleeding Edge and Getting Constructively Lost -- CHAPTER 7. A Snappy 'Ukulele Accompaniment -- CHAPTER 8. Occupy the Novel: A Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z

Approaches to Gravity's Rainbow

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Approaches to Gravity's Rainbow by Charles Clerc,Ohio State University Press Summary

Beginning with an introduction summarizing critical reaction to Pynchon's fiction and to Gravity's Rainbow in particular, this volume contains eight original essays exploring different aspects of the novel. Alan Friedman provides a guide to the novel's use of statistics and post-Newtonian physics and Khachig Toloyan examines Pynchon's use of history. Charles Cler explores the author's use of film; Joseph Slade discusses his treatment of religion, psychology, sex and love; Raymond Olderman discusses Pynchon's contrast of freak and straight world views; James Earl writes on Pynchon's opposition of rational and intuitive epistemologies in the novel; Charles Russell on Pynchon's portrayal of the limitations of the language systems and Roger Henkle on comedy. ISBN 0-8242-0337-X : $25.00.

Alice's adventures in wonderland and Gravity's rainbow

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Vice caché

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Los Angeles, 1970. Doc Sportello est un détective privé d’un genre particulier : il vit sur une des plages de la ville, est un adepte du joint bien roulé, et, à l’occasion, du trip intersidéral à l’acide. Avec son meilleur ennemi, le flic Bigfoot, il enquête sur l’étrange disparition du milliardaire et homme d’affaires Mickey Wolfmann. Tous deux ont de bonnes raisons de tirer au clair cette intrigue, d’en avoir peur, de se perdre en route pour mieux rebondir à grand renfort de bananes glacées ou de marie-jeanne colombienne. Il faut dire que quelques coups de massue donnés par l’Histoire en marche ont fini de détraquer la Californie et de torpiller le rêve hippie : les émeutes du quartier de Watts à Los Angeles, en 1965, ont crispé les esprits et les tensions raciales se sont exacerbées, les assassinats commandités par Charles Manson ont créé un profond traumatisme, sans compter la guerre du Vietnam qui a ramené en ville une jeunesse paranoïaque et détruite.Ce polar détourné, aux rebondissements rocambolesques, s’appuie sur une multitude de personnages déjantés avec, comme toujours, un fond musical au son du ukulélé. Pynchon nous offre une nouvelle fois un roman jubilatoire avec un art très aigu du dialogue et des digressions dans l’intrigue.Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Nicolas Richard

Fonds perdus

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New York, début des années 2000, entre l'éclatement spectaculaire de la bulle Internet et l'effondrement des tours jumelles. Maxine, jeune mère new-yorkaise à la vie amoureuse mouvementée, est une inspectrice des fraudes qui a perdu sa licence officielle pour avoir trop bien conseillé un client véreux. Elle n'a pourtant pas remisé son pistolet, et la voilà embarquée malgré elle dans une aventure haletante et dangereuse : comment se fait-il que la start-up du très louche Gabriel Ice n'ait pas bu le bouillon alors que l'ensemble du marché du Net s'est brutalement dégonflé quelques mois auparavant ? D'où viennent les flux de capitaux qui circulent vers de mystérieux comptes à l'étranger ? Pour le savoir, Maxine, entourée par une ribambelle de personnages décalés, va devoir plonger et éviter de se perdre dans le Web Profond, cette interzone quasi inaccessible, refuge des hackers anarchistes, des cybervoyous et des âmes perdues. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Nicolas Richard.

V.

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Le héros de cette aventure littéraire se nomme Herbert Stencil, né en 1901 et membre d'un groupe d'artistes pseudo-bohèmes, la Tierce des Paumés. Il lui arrive de lire des passages du journal intime laissé par son père, mort en 1919 dans d'obscures circonstances alors qu'il enquêtait sur des soulèvements dans l'île de Malte. Mais c'est en 1945 seulement, à une terrasse de café à Oran, qu'il tombe sur quelques lignes énigmatiques : " Avril 1899, Florence. Il y a plus derrière V., et dans V. qu'aucun de nous n'a jamais soupçonné. Non pas qui, mais quoi – qu'est-ce qu'elle est ? " Il est aussitôt intrigué, et part dans une sorte de quête de " V. " qui l'emmène successivement à New York, en Allemagne, à Paris et dans d'autres contrées du monde plus ou moins connues. On pourrait croire, tour à tour, que V. est une jeune femme déflorée au Caire ; une femelle de rat, dénommée Véronique, qui tient ses quartiers dans les égouts de Manhattan ; une danseuse allemande pré-nazie dans le Sud-Ouest africain ; un pays mystérieux appelé Vheissu ; ou encore une lesbienne du boulevard de Clichy. Et si V n'était finalement rien moins que la clé expliquant le chaos mondial ? " Ce que sont pour le libertin les cuisses ouvertes, ce qu'est un vol d'oiseaux migrateurs pour l'ornithologue, ce qu'est la tenaille pour l'ajusteur, voilà ce qu'était pour le jeune Stencil la lettre V. "

Novels by Thomas Pynchon

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 20. Chapters: Against the Day, Gravity's Rainbow, Inherent Vice, Mason & Dixon, The Crying of Lot 49, V., Vineland. Excerpt: 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 "Schwarzgerat" ("black device") that is to be installed in a rocket with the serial number "00000." Gravity's Rainbow is transgressive, as it questions and inverts social standards of deviance and disgust and transgresses boundaries of Western culture and reason. Frequently digressive, the novel subverts many of the traditional elements of plot and character development, and traverses detailed, specialist knowledge drawn from a wide range of disciplines. The novel has been praised for its innovation and complexity, but criticized by others. In 1974, the three-member Pulitzer Prize jury on fiction supported Gravity's Rainbow for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The eleven members of the board overturned this decision and no award was given for fiction that year. The novel was nominated for the 1973 Nebula Award for Best Novel and shared the 1974 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction with A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Since its publication, Gravity's Rainbow has attracted 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. TIME named the novel one of its "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels," a list of the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005...