I was expecting something like James Joyce's Ulysses and instead I got 700 pages of glib boomer "comedy".

I was expecting something like James Joyce's Ulysses and instead I got 700 pages of glib boomer "comedy". It was like reading Mad Magazine for hours on end. Why the frick do people pretend this is good?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The only good part is the one about the guy working in the rockets while his daughter is in the campa, even if it's bullshit and the holohoax didn't happen. That scene of him entering the camps at the end is fantastic.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You read the first 60 pages and made this thread. GR has some of the most beautiful passages of prose I’ve ever read: the Dodo Hunter scene, Tchitcherine on the steppe, Pointsman in the White Visitation after the rocket hits it and kills his colleagues. Sure it has its weird moments like the mittlewerk scene and the hot air balloon chase but Pynchon can be lofty and rich when he wants to be. Hell, even some of the comic book scenes are funny. Slothrop going to pick up dope at the UN conference is unironically funny as hell.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Tchitcherine on the steppe
      On my book he was constantly written as "T chitcherine" with a space after the T and near the end I think it was "Tchitcherine" and I don't know if it was a typo or what.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      post one quote to demonstrate these "beautiful passages of prose"

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          truly Pynchonesque

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What the frick pinecone?

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yang and Yin, whispers the voice, Yang and Yin

    It’s a very pretty book, some passages felt like spiritual Atheism. Have you read it all?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >pretend

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This book would have been a lot better if Roger had been the main character.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it would've been a different book if he was the protag, roger fits his role in the story.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      He is

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I dropped it as soon as the adenoid came up

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      weak

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Wtf are you moronic? That's like 0.2 % into a standard reading session

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Why the frick do people pretend this is good?
    Americans have no good literature, so they must hype this shit. Similar case with Moby Dick.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm an American studying at a uni in the UK and Moby Dick seems pretty well-respected from what I can tell. Although I agree Gravity's Rainbow doesn't seem to be held anywhere near the esteem as say, e.g. Joyce, Shakespeare or Chaucer by students or professors. Though I haven't studied in America so I can't compare and say whether that's odd or not.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pynchon is not very popular in Europe. I only know him because of IQfy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If thats the case then why are American authors extremely popular overseas such as: Jack London, Lovecraft, Poe, Melville

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >why are American authors extremely popular overseas
        They are? I know of London as that commie writer, Lovecraft as that weird gothic horror writer and Poe as some American poet, and Melville as Moby Dick guy. Out of all of them I've only read White Fang. If you asked me for an american writter, I'd say Zane Grey, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Crichton and Stephen King.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Suit yourself, you can choose not to read Americans authors, why should anyone care. all the better for the rest of us enjoy them in peace

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >They are?

          Poe was basically the muse for all French literature for 50 years. Baudelaire worshiped him and Verne wrote fan fiction sequels to his work.
          In Russia, Dostoevsky was heavily inspired by Poe's tales. The Double is just a remake of William Wilson.
          In England his influence can be seen everywhere from Wilde, Dunsany, Stevenson, ect...
          Poe was also the subject of many of the great European artists.

          Don't confuse your ignorance of a writer with their influence.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wait, this almost convinced me to read it next.
    I'm split between that and Ulysses (have read and loved IJ many years ago).
    I'm planning to read both, which one first anons? I don't care for OP's preference

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Gravity's Rainbow is more plot-focused.
      Ulysses is more poetic.
      I enjoyed them both equally.
      Let me know which one you decide to Start with.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw have Pynchon novels on the way
    Shipping got delayed by a day but I’m excited

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How would you lot rank Pynchon's work so far? My list would be something along the lines of:
      Gravity's Rainbow
      Against the Day
      Mason and Dixon
      V.
      The Crying of Lot 49
      Inherent Vice
      Vineland
      Bleeding Edge

      Lucky you all I have left is Slow Learner then I've read them all

      Pynchon is not very popular in Europe. I only know him because of IQfy

      UK here I'm a big Pynchon fan but lately the American postmodernists like DFW or Delilo don't really seem popular among readers here. I see their books all the time in used bookhops but maybe because they connect more with an American audience than they do from a British perspective

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Ive only read 3

        Gravitys Rainbow
        ---------- massive gap ---------
        V.
        TCoL49

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >the American postmodernists like DFW or Delilo don't really seem popular among readers here.

        Is Cormac McCarthy popular in the UK? Or at least more popular then Pynchon?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Pynchon is popular here and Truelit. Maybe a 70 year old English hippy professor likes him but he isn’t that well known

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Mccarthy is way mote popular here in UK I see The Road and a couple other books of his in airports all the time the only time I saw anything Pynchon was when the Inherent Vice movie came out

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't know about the general population (though something like The Road is probably pretty popular), but in academia I know "Blood Meridian" is held in high regard and often discussed whereas Pynchon doesn't get more than a comment or two. This is at a prestigious uni, too (I only say that to ward off any "your uni sucks then" replies). I didn't know Pynchon was this highly regarded until I came to /lit. And to be fair I did enjoy reading what works of his I did. Like one commenter said though I think it's too American for us. Or maybe we're too stodgy. Who knows.

          My mate does have a professor in Durham though who specializes in Pynchon. Apparently he's kind of young and off-putting though. The kind that wants to sit on his desk during lecture and tries too hard to be cool. His words though, not mine.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          https://archive.is/n6LzL

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >ATD above M&D
        Criminal

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      b***h go to a library or a half priced books

      BITCH

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’m sure libraries keep plenty of Pynchon stocked and imagine wanting to handle a book previously owned by a Pynchon reader

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Had to use the gift card I got for Christmas little crybaby boy

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A glib facsimile

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read Gravity's Rainbow, it probably flew over my head like IJ but boy was it a wild ride, should I attempt M&D next?

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t think you ever read Ulysses if you thought Pynchon would be similar

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >It was like reading Mad Magazine for hours on end.
    I don't see the problem, highbrow moronation is the best moronation.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I was expecting something like James Joyce's Ulysses
    I am assuming your expectations were exceeded then, as you expected a mediocre piece by an Englix speaking barbarian who abuses a Greek hero’s name to title a literal pornographic fisting scene. Whatever a garbage an illiterate niglet might have doodled surpasses that disgusting emanation of a troony soul.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >700 pages of glib boomer "comedy". It was like reading Mad Magazine for hours on end
    So... fun?

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wow
    Check out the Italian cover. So sexy.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Unintelligent bait

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