Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon - a book review

It took me 3 months to read this book. i haven't spent that long on one book since i read the Bible through. 776 pages.
The start of the book was extremely chaotic. It was as if the author wanted to introduce you to all of the main characters in the first couple of pages, and there are a lot of characters. After a while it got flowing to the point where you could follow it. But the amount of raunchy sex scenes and drug use made for a very bad read. I understand that this is a story to show what that time period was like. And it showed me that I do not want to be involved with a time period like that. Not that our society is perfect.
The search for the scattered remnants of the most powerful rocket ever built was probably the only entertaining part of it. The thought that went into the designing of the rocket so that no one person could know everything about it was precise.
Then the future technology that entered into the book. I am still amazed at how people can take an authors idea and create the actual product from it. For example, at one point a character from the story is listening to his telephone through the transistor in his ear.
Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone.