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Title:Gravity's Rainbow
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Penguin Books
ISBN:0143039946
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Number of Pages:776
Category:Fiction, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Novels

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Andrés Ibáñez, Antoni Pigrau

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Gravity's Rainbow Winner of the National Book Award Gravity s Rainbow is a postmodern epic a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the th century as Joyce s Ulysses was to the first Its sprawling encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force

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The story of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that has come to be known as the Mason Dixon Line as re imagined by bestselling author Thomas Pynchon br br Intermingled with Mason and Dixon s biographies history fantasy legend speculation and outright fabrication the novel is based on the focal point of one Rev Wicks Cherrycoke a clergyman of dubious orthodoxy who attempts to entertain and divert his extended family on a cold December evening partly for amusement and partly to keep his coveted status as a guest in the house, Spanning the period between the Chicago World s Fair of and the years just after World War I this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn of the century New York to London and Gottingen Venice and Vienna the Balkans Central Asia Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event Mexico during the Revolution postwar Paris silent era Hollywood and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all br br With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed false religiosity moronic fecklessness and evil intent in high places No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred br br The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists balloonists gamblers corporate tycoons drug enthusiasts innocents and decadents mathematicians mad scientists shamans psychics and stage magicians spies detectives adventuresses and hired guns There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla Bela Lugosi and Groucho Marx br br As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives Sometimes they manage to catch up sometimes it s their lives that pursue them br br Meanwhile the author is up to his usual business Characters stop what they re doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs Strange sexual practices take place Obscure languages are spoken not always idiomatically Contrary to the fact occurrences occur If it is not the world it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two According to some this is one of the main purposes of fiction br br Let the reader decide let the reader beware Good luck br br i Thomas Pynchon i br br About the Author br Thomas Pynchon is the author of i V i i The Crying of Lot i i Gravity s Rainbow i i Slow Learner i a collection of short stories i Vineland i and most recently i Mason and Dixon i He received the National Book Award for i Gravity s Rainbow i in, No description available, Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet br br It is in New York City in the lull between the collapse of the dot com boom and the terrible events of September th Silicon Alley is a ghost town Web is having adolescent angst Google has yet to IPO Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble but there s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what s left br br Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side chasing down different kinds of small scale con artists She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics carry a Beretta do business with sleazebags hack into people s bank accounts without having too much guilt about any of it Otherwise just your average working mom two boys in elementary school an off and on situation with her sort of semi ex husband Horst life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer security firm and its billionaire geek CEO whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat a professional nose obsessed with Hitler s aftershave a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers hackers code monkeys and entrepreneurs some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead Foul play of course br br With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island Thomas Pynchon channeling his inner Jewish mother brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we ve journeyed to since br br Will perpetrators be revealed forget about brought to justice Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse Will she and Horst get back together Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance br br Hey Who wants to know