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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Pynchon has a reputation as a "difficult" author - but he doesn't have to be! With this new guide, Gravity's Rainbow can be understood by the average listener. Included are: a chapter-by-chapter summary and commentary on the story, a thorough description of all major characters, a biography of Pynchon, suggestions for essay topics, and much more. This guide is guaranteed to help you finish and make sense of Gravity's Rainbow - all in a concise and easy format. Whether you are totally new to the book or just want to deepen your understanding, this guide will save you hours of struggle and frustration.

©2015 Robert Crayola (P)2016 Robert Crayola

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The author has a clear and interesting focus, but it goes to show how malleable the content of the actual novel is. The approach here is a somewhat cynical one, which, in my humble opinion, is not the wholistic nature of Gravity’s Rainbow. In fact, I think there’s quite a bit of optimism to be found, even (or especially) in the closing pages. Granted, it all depends on what major thematic lens you place atop the text i.e. religion, politics, technology, humanity, connection, war, etc. The only real issue I have is that SPOILERS he did not address the theatre’s bombing at the very beginning of the novel being paralleled and exemplified at the very end, which is massively important in supporting the thematics of the story and solidifying the book as the “postmodern masterwork” it’s constantly acclaimed to be.

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A pretty concise plot summary which is no easy task

I read Gravity’s Rainbow once a couple of years ago. I had a reading buddy with whom I held a weekly call to discuss the previous weeks reading and that helped immensely, though I would never have said that I truly ‘got’ the book or understood half of what was going on but I loved it nonetheless. This handbook is something I wish I had when I first read it and I’m thrilled to read this again the next time I read GR.

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Makes the actual GR book much more accessible

What did you like most about The Gravity's Rainbow Handbook?

Gives a really good mental map of the book, the structure and the characters but in no way diminishes the actual novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gravity's Rainbow Handbook?

The list of the characters, some very droll comments in there.

What does Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A very measured reading but eminently listenable to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but that was not the intention of the book.

Any additional comments?

Essential reading before tackling GR

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