12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Read it, if only for the wrong reasons,
This review is from: Gravity's Rainbow (Paperback)
This had been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and being a slow (thorough!) reader anyway, i was slightly nervous of devoting half a year to a book i wouldnt enjoy. Anyway, to cut a long story short, which is ironic, as it seems to be something mr Pynchon is unwilling or unable to do, read it I did and am very glad I did. I think I, like a lot of people will read this to tick a box, but i genuinely enjoyed it and it wasnt half as difficult a read a I was expecting. Admittedly some of the references were lost on me and some chapters did stray into the obscure, but overall it covers some fancinating topics. The amount of research, and knowledge that must have gone into this is astounding in itself. Parts of the book are very funny, parts are genuinely exciting, and overall it is a very enjoyable book. My biggest disapointment having firmly ticked the box is that the vast majority was easier to read/understand than i had originally feared, but now retrospectively had hoped it would be. I would recommend everyone to take it down from the shelf and plunge in.