16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Great Postmodern Novel,
This review is from: Gravity's Rainbow (Paperback)
This is a truly astonishing novel: the Great American Novel, the Great Postwar Novel, the Great Postmodern Novel . . . The only comparisons are with Ulysses, Moby Dick and War and Peace. Pynchon takes us on a stunning journey through the chaos of the modern world, forged in the crucible of the Second World War. As Dryden said of Chaucer: "all human life is here". Pynchon has the bawdiness and profundity of Chaucer: his language is gorgeously colloquial, mixing all kinds of street slangs, jargon and technological terms till you get a feel of the myriad elements of the world. GR is a wonderful, hilarious, sad, poignant, important, thought-provoking, rollicking, picaresque, scary, intriguing, bizarre, surreal, rewarding, puzzling novel - its feeling of modernity is undimmed (it's the first anti-globalisation novel after all, twenty years before we'd heard of the term). It can never be summarised. Four hundred characters, seven hundred pages, and it doesn't feel a word too long. In fact, we could only wish it was longer . . .