By Steven C. Weisenburger
Including a few 20 percentage to the unique content material, it is a thoroughly up-to-date version of Steven Weisenburger's fundamental advisor to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page by means of web page, frequently line through line, during the welter of historic references, medical info, cultural fragments, anthropological examine, jokes, and puns round which Pynchon wove his tale. Weisenburger totally annotates Pynchon's use of languages starting from Russian and Hebrew to such subdialects of English as Nineteen Forties highway speak, drug lingo, and armed forces slang in addition to the extra vague terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion additionally finds the underlying association of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references shape styles of that means and constitution that experience eluded either admirers and critics of the novel.
The Companion is keyed to the pages of the primary American variations of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the distinctive, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as considered one of twenty "Great Books of the 20 th Century."
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