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By Steven C. Weisenburger

Including a few 20 percentage to the unique content material, this can be a thoroughly up-to-date version of Steven Weisenburger's vital consultant to Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Weisenburger takes the reader web page via web page, frequently line via line, during the welter of historic references, clinical 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 road speak, drug lingo, and army slang in addition to the extra vague terminology of black magic, Rosicrucianism, and Pavlovian psychology. The Companion additionally unearths the underlying association of Gravity's Rainbow--how the book's myriad references shape styles of which means and constitution that experience eluded either admirers and critics of the novel.
The Companion is keyed to the pages of the primary American versions of Gravity's Rainbow: Viking/Penguin (1973), Bantam (1974), and the distinct, repaginated Penguin paperback (2000) honoring the unconventional as one among twenty "Great Books of the 20th Century."

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