Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gravity''s Rainbow is a postmodern novel written by Thomas Pynchon and first published on February 28, 1973. The narrative is set primarily in Europe at the end of World War II and centers on the design, production and dispatch of V-2 rockets by the German military, and, in particular, the quest undertaken by several characters to uncover the secret of a mysterious device named the Schwarzgerät" ("black device") that is to be installed in a rocket with the serial number "00000." The novel has been praised for its innovation and complexity, though the acclaim has been criticized by some. In 1974, the three-member Pulitzer Prize jury on fiction supported Gravity''s Rainbow for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. However, the other eleven members of the board overturned this decision. The novel was nominated for the 1973 Nebula Award for Best Novel and won the National Book Award in 1974. Since its publication, Gravity''s Rainbow has spawned an enormous amount of literary criticism and commentary, including two readers'' guides and several online concordances, and it is frequently cited as Pynchon''s magnum opus."

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"The best seller described as the kind of Ulysses which Joyce might have written if he had been a Boeing engineer with a fetish for quadrille paper" ( Irish Examiner)

"I read this at 19 or so and just thought, like, f*ck, wow: this is the marker, the pace-setter for the contemporary novel" (Tom McCarthy, author of 'C')

"Thomas Pynchon, the greatest, wildest and most infuriating author of his generation." (Ian Rankin Guardian)

"Pynchon is both the US's most serious and most funny writer." (Thomas Leveritt Independent)

" Gravity's Rainbow is bonecrushingly dense, compulsively elaborate, silly, obscene, funny, tragic, pastoral, historical, philosophical, poetic, grindingly dull, inspired, horrific, cold, bloated, beached and blasted…[Pynchon’s] novel is in this sense a work of paranoid genius, a magnificent necropolis that will take its place amidst the grand detritus of our culture. Its teetering structure is greater by far than the many surrounding literary shacks and hovels." ( New York Times)

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A new edition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of first publication of Pynchon's classic book.

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