Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
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Winner of the 1974 National Book Award

“A screaming comes across the sky. . .” A few months after the Germans’ secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map of the city pinpointing the sexual conquests of one Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, U.S. Army, corresponds identically to a map showing the V-2 impact sites. The implications of this discovery will launch Slothrop on an amazing journey across war-torn Europe, fleeing an international cabal of military-industrial superpowers, in search of the mysterious Rocket 00000, through a wildly comic extravaganza that has been hailed in The New Republic as “the most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II.”
 

About Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon, and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
 
Published June 13, 2012 by Penguin Press. 770 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The last time we looked, there were only seven of them -- at least, that's how many Aquinas enumerated in Summa Theologica, and Ian Fleming included the same number in a 1962 Sunday Times of London series that featured seven English writers discussing their preferred sins.

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Gravity’s Rainbow takes place in the tumultuous fallout of war, and much like the victims of a rocket strike, swirls and writhes to recover what has been destroyed.

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Tyrone is not a typical hero, just as Gravity’s Rainbow is not a typical novel.

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Dubbed "The most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II" (The New Republic), Gravity's Rainbow is a massive, freewheeling, paranoid journey through Europe at the tail end of the Second World War.

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Examiner

Set during, and around, the time of WWII, this gargantuan text pivots about its titular character Tyrone Slothrop, who’s got a nasty bit of a problem: every time he has an erection a bomb goes off.

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Comrades – friends, we are gathered here not only to accept in behalf of one recluse – one who has found that the world in itself which seems to be a time not of the toad – to quote Studs TurKAL.

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Seattle PI

Dubbed "The most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II" (The New Republic), Gravity's Rainbow is a massive, freewheeling, paranoid journey through Europe at the tail end of the Second World War.

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Open Salon

However, despite wading through mounds of reviews of the book (from contemporaneous old media accounts to recent lengthy blog posts), as well as whole websites devoted to the man and even just this one book, perhaps the most cogent comment I read on the book came from an anonymous Amazon reviewer...

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