Monday, November 09, 2009

Gravity's Rainbow Read-Along: Week 8 (p 491-560)

The end is so close I can smell it...

Now, non-sequitor, tonight I'm totally going to Union Square to stalk Brandon Sanderson at the Wheel of Time signing (obviously). The Gravity's Rainbow read-along has really made me into a wiser, more efficient person, since I had to coordinate my weekly GR page alotments with re-reading... let's see... about 9,000 pages of Robert Jordan before tonight in order to be prepared for this book release. Seriously, I laugh at college kids who think they got it rough. Phew.

Anyway. Thoughts/feelings/etc, please!!

9 comments:

Lydia Sharp said...

And you posted this at 5am. Do you ever sleep? ;)

Simon C. Larter said...

Way back when book 12 was coming out, I went back and reread all the previous novels, thinking (in my naivete) that a nice, round number would finish off the series. When I finished book 11, you can imagine the sinking feeling I had realizing that 12 was not going to finish things off. What disappointed me even more was that next to nothing changed from the beginning until the end of the book. Lord!

You'll forgive me if I retain a measure of skepticism about the series. Although now that someone else is at the help, perhaps things'll move along? I shall reserve judgment.

Enjoy the par-tay, though...

CKHB said...

AND you're doing NaNo! Rock on.

moonrat said...

alas, not really well in any of those three cases... rar!!

John said...

I got through the part where I fell off on my last reading of Gravity's Rainbow, and I'm feeling strong as we head toward the end. I'm caught up!

My biggest question in this section: What the hell was going on with Pirate and Katje? Were they dead? Or just hallucinating? I was so confused by that section. It went from Katje escaping the "White Visitation" to utter insanity in what, three pages? Did anyone understand that? It went right over my head.

I did really enjoy Slothrop's pirate adventures, though, with Otto and the chimps and rescuing Der Springer. And the weird almost-friendship between Tyrone and Tchitcherine is great.

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M. said...

This has been fun, but my health has not been playing nicely lately and I need to focus on placating it for awhile. I love Pynchon, but I love being healthy more, you know? Enjoy the book!

Lisa said...

Sorry for not checking in last Monday -- actually I thought I had. Now all the brilliant commentary I had about pages 491-560 is lost forever!

Jane Steen said...

I'm a little tardy with my Gravity's Rainbow reading but will try my best to catch up before the end. This is for two reasons - a trip to England in which I was monopolized by family and had little reading time, and the break I had to take from Slothrop's penis. I was getting rather tired of that active little member, and Greta and Bianca in particular seem like tired cliches of decadent Europe, trotted out to titillate the American reader. I might have found all that interesting when I was 15.

I'm encouraged to see from John's post that we might be heading back to the White Visitation: I feel like most of the brilliance of the novel was left behind there, although I do love the sketches of destroyed Germany. I just want to edit this novel, I really do.