Monday, October 26, 2009

Gravity's Rainbow Read-Along: Week 6 (p 351-420)

That's right, we're way more than halfway done. It's all downhill from here, I'm sure!

Congrats! Here's a half-toast to half-way!

Thoughts/feelings/etc in the comments as usual! Thanks for making this a team effort.

10 comments:

Kate said...

*crickets*

moonrat said...

wow, did we lose everyone?

my real-life reading group is still reading. although i did fall behind this week--i'm only up to page 400. HOWEVER, this is over halfway, so i feel ok. can't give up now; too much opportunity cost!

Kate said...

I tried to give it up, but it's haunting me...

http://kateinthecloset.blogspot.com/2009/10/moonrat-bump.html

aych said...

I'm still reading! I was a good fifty pages behind at the start of this last weekend, but I'm only a few pages from 420 now.

That Martin Fierro section was rough going. Still digging Slothrop and Tchitcherine, unexpectedly affected by Pokler and Ilse ("the vacuum of his life threatened to be broken in one strong inrush of love").

Lydia Sharp said...

I'm still reading, but way, way, WAY behind. Something called writing a new novel got in the way this month. Sorry. When this stuff comes up, I gotta fly with it.

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John said...

I was behind yesterday morning, but now I've caught up! I love the Pokler section--it's long, but really interesting. I read the whole thing last night.

I liked the Fierro section, actually. I think the whole idea of a ton of images coming together to make a film is a really important motif in the book, but especially in this section. Still frames strung together to make the illusion of movement? That sounds like it has some relation to the structure of the book.

M. said...

Still reading, just woefully behind. A birthday party and writing got in the way of huddling in the corner with a book this last week.

tomawesome said...

still reading -- on pg440. It's pretty good! I never thought people had so much kinky sex back then...well, it IS a work of fiction :P

Lisa said...

Still here! Still in and I'm a little behind -- page 377. I got some good chunks of reading on the way to our vacation in Hawaii (woot) but had to abandon it while we were there -- it's just not what I'd consider a "beach read".

I have been reading each chapter and then reading the associated chapter in the Gravity's Rainbow Companion and I've found that it's pretty helpful in some respects. There's no analysis or anything, but typically it grounds the time and place for each section and it defines a lot of the technical, geographical and historical references.

I've also been highlighting a lot of sections and find that Pynchon has an incredibly unique and exacting way with descriptions of the characters.

I've gone from loathing this book to gaining respect for it to actually enjoying it.

I'm just hoping not to revisit Brigadier General Pudding's fetishes again.

It's amazing how different it is to read other books alongside this one. I've read six or eight of them almost straight through, but this one...not a chance.