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A "Gravity's Rainbow" Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel [Paperback]

Steven Weisenburger
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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; 2Rev Ed edition (15 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820328073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820328072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adding some 20 percent to the original content, this is a completely updated edition of the indispensable guide to Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow". Steven Weisenburger takes the reader page by page, often line by line, through the welter of historical references, scientific data, cultural fragments, anthropological research, jokes, and puns around which Pynchon wove his story.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."

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The amount of research that must have gone into this book is mind-boggling. It provides background and clues on most if not all of the allusions, puzzles, etc. contained in the novel. The only annoying thing is that Weisenburger gives away the ending of the novel at the beginning of his book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as much fun as its namesake. 3 Dec 1998
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Regretfully this book is out of print. It should be required reading for any serious reader of Gravity's Rainbow. What I'd like to recommend is that a publisher pick this up and produce an annotated edition of the novel with this book as the source.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revealing and helpful, but at a price.... 26 April 1999
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Enormous fun, very helpful for bringing Pynchon down where we mortals can begin to digest, but I had to set it aside; Wesenberg drops too many subtle and not so subtle hints about events, characters, and places that have yet to be introduced. (viz. I'm on p. 136 of the novel and I already have a pretty clear idea not only of many future events, but of how the book concludes.)
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