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Sustained Piece Of Colour Writing,
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I think I'd give this book two and a half stars. It's a bit of a conceptual behemoth and there is something having-the-biggest-in-town that I don't really get. Fireworks in other words; but the colour writing is good. There are good things to it; there is no melodrama or any cliffhangers; which, in a novel this size is something of an achievement - and the descriptive portions are very good indeed; the S and M scene with the old colonel is absolutely revolting. The punctuation is a little difficult and gets in the way of the mildly-humourous plot. All the elipses - but you get used to them. So far a woman has just been attacked by an octopus trained by the other side. There are some funny lines. One chap comments on a film reviewer "an eighteen hour study of King Kong." The more you read it the more you understand the title; the need for people to get off the earth as it groans under the weight of people, cars, soldiers, tanks and the need to take to the air - hence the rockets. It is a bit like an Hieronymus Bosch painting; thousands of characters run around from every country under the sun to the backdrop of war-torn London and Berlin. Gravitys Rainbow is very much a young man's book with plenty of weltschmerz. Pynchon has been an influence on other writers who have come after him, Carl Hiaasen springs to mind.