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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.
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