Tina, thank you SO much for sending this to me. So kind of you! 🤗 I love Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions, so bonus! #bookmail
#24b42019 will not be completed for me, but my #readathon did result in me FINALLY finishing Gravity's Rainbow!!!
Definitely an amazing work of literature...but I don't know that I could recommend it to people generally. Long, difficult, straight-up disgusting, and very very dense. But what Pynchon has to say, he says very well, and I am glad to have read it.
I'm 100% positive that it is no accident that the premise of the book--Slothrop being the legendary "Rocketman"--occurs with formal introductory fanfare almost exactly halfway through the book.
I have been picking and picking and picking away at this book, since July. Do you think #24B42019 is sufficient for me to finish? 😬🤯
I bailed after 50 pages. I wanted to bail before, but I figured when a person takes the trouble to write a novel of about 900 pages, I should at least give him the chance to change my mind. I didn't.
“Down in New York, drive fast maybe get there for the last set - on 7th Ave., between 139th and 140th, tonight, ‘Yardbird‘ Parker is finding out how he can use the notes at the higher ends of these very chords [of ‘Cherokee‘] to break up the melody into have mercy what is it a fucking machine gun or something...”
#QuotsyNov18 | 6: #Jazz
📷: Made with Typorama
If you listen to podcasts and you aren't listening to Overdue, I implore you to start. Craig and Andrew take turns reading books that "you really should have read already" and then discuss them, spoilers and all. These two will read anything from the Hardy Boys to The Odyssey. They are hilarious and smart, and above all, devoted to reading.
So I‘ve been off Litsy for ages, everything been mad since I left for Scotland to do a show but stuff is finally starting to settle and as luck would have it a readalong was starting so I‘ve got a nice big book to bring me back! Both excited and scared for this 😂
So we‘re here! In Philly for tomorrow‘s meetup (and SO excited to meet everyone ☺️) and with some extra time after dinner, we OBVIOUSLY hit up Barnes & Noble. @BookBee89 has been wanting to try Thomas Pynchon and he was nice enough to treat me to Undead Girl Gang which I‘ve had my eye on for awhile. #bookhaul #litsymeetup
#QuotsyJuly18 Day 7: #Conspiracy, lies, deceit, gaslighting - all seem to be the sine qua non in modern day politics. I have yet to read a Thomas Pynchon novel. Do you recommend I begin with this massive Gravity‘s Rainbow, or something lighter?
Happy Holidays! First post in weeks. Epic reading slump. I could blame Gravity's Rainbow, but I'm not going to point any fingers, Mr. Pynchon. I came nowhere near my reading goals for the year, but I did lose 40 pounds, biked and hiked 50 trails with my wife, and finished a new draft of my novel. Settling in for a few days off and hopefully some time to read, write, and eat cookies. Best wishes to all my Litsy friends and your families.
#riotgrams #day5 - #bigbooks
I seem to have trouble finishing larger books consistently; this and Infinite Jest I've started reading on 2 occasions, only to stop a couple hundred pages in.
I own 2 copies of this specific edition: one was a Christmas gift, the other I bought after the first one got damaged when my fridge leaked. That one's still readable, I just got the second one for display purposes.
I just discovered the possible origin of David Foster Wallace's "howling fantods" (i.e. the "heebie jeebies"). I have never seen this expression anywhere else.
This is the most fun I've ever had reading Gravity's Rainbow. I have failed multiple times. My system: I read a few chapters, listen to the Pynchon in Public podcast analysis, and then listen to the audiobook as a refresher. It's a book club of one. The novel is dense yet rewarding. Bursting with ideas and so damn funny. It's like falling asleep in a movie theater, dreaming, waking up, watching the movie, dreaming, and then back to reality.
I have attempted and failed to read Thomas Pynchon's novel "Gravity's Rainbow" more times than I care to admit. As a silly literary exercise, I am experimenting with a new method to scale this daunting postmodern doorstop-of-Everest-proportions. Audiobook shall be my Sherpa! That is 30+ hours of wacky World War II antics, bizarro cartoon lunacy, psychedelic paranoia on parade, and far out physics. Wish me luck, folks. #bookrainbow #fallintobooks
Happy 80th birthday to Thomas Pynchon!
Gravity's Rainbow is my favorite book. I've read it four times...and through parts of it countless times. This copy (with Kerouac's 'Desolation Angels') has been with me road tripping across 25+ US states.
It's an endlessly creative, weird, and hilarious romp that never stops impressing me.
Since #candycolouredcovers has the superfluous British "U", I went with the hilarious "Disgusting English Candy Drill" where Tyrone Slothrop, an American stationed in England during World War II, must survive a gauntlet of eponymous candies.
"You were in London," ..."while they were coming down. I was in 's Gravenhage"-fricatives sighing, the name spoken with exile's lingering-"while they were going up. Between you and me is not only a rocket trajectory, but also a life. You will come to understand that between the two points, in the five minutes, it lives an entire life. You haven't even learned the data on our side of the flight profile, the visible or trackable.…"
An all time fave.
Good morning! Almost made it to 10 hours yesterday 🤓 I hope to get some more quality hours in today. This is a repost of my favorite book rainbow.
This is my Everest. After numerous failed attempts, I will one day slay this monstrous beast. Pynchon is a goofy bastard but he baffles me. I love the epigraph by rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun at the book's opening:
"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death."
I've never loved a book so much at the beginning and hated it so much by the end. Gross, tedious, and annoying.