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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know and how to say it, 15 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Gravity's Rainbow (Hardcover)
When this book was published, I was inspired to do a Master's degree studying it closely, and that was 1976. Here we are 32 years later and there is no book since published, or published before, written by one man, with the depth, range, accuracy, and pertinence to the human condition now and likely to be for the next 100 years. This book is not a novel in a coherent and completely satisfying manner, capable of being read in a matter of sitting down for a few hours at a time over a weekend, but neither is Ulysses, nor Brothers Karamazov. To approach this you must have a broad understanding and an expansive imagination, capable of responding to the world of Pynchon. I have read everything by Pynchon, before or since, and GR is his master work, no question. People will read this as long as they can read, and they will wonder, and be amazed in wonder. It is essential on the shelf of any person who reads well, even as a challenge for them at various moments in their life. To read it in a week, or read it without any break as is done at Princeton every year, is to alter the state of your mind irrevocably. Be prepared, because you will never think and feel and speak and write as you did before.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2010 13:29:04 BDT
Students consuming this at Princeton in one sitting is everything this novel is against and clearly judging by the modern American psyche has achieved little in internal improvement/development or external manners/contemplation.

Therefore your thesis fails.

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Taranis says:
I refuse to believe that everyone at Princeton reads Gravity's Rainbow without a break every year. It must be some kind of collective insanity. It's not that good.

Only kidding. I take it that he means it's read out loud without a break, probably by several people in turn. At least I hope so.
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