do not wanna

I am within 100 pages of the end of Gravity's Rainbow. You think I'd be happy about that.

“100 pages? What's the big deal?” Yeah, I know, I hear you, but I'm so over this book, so ready to cast it aside, that the final 100 93 pages are going to be something that's tough — canvas. The last 93 pages are going to be canvas. Ugh.

“You're in The Counterforce?” Monstro asks, nearly rubbing his hands together. “It completely makes no sense anymore. Once you lose Slothrop…” And I Know he loves the book and that it's His book but I can't imagine why. It's best read through a modified Bibliomancy — ask a question in your head, shut thy eyes, open book, point, and interpret.

For a man who writes epic-in-size novels, Pynchon's really stingy as an author. You get catalogs of information but very little heart and soul about the characters. I knew more about Ortho “The Darkness” Stice after 400 pages of Infinite Jest than I do about Slothrop.

I'll tell you though, I'm damn glad to have Monstro guiding me — mostly through questions about things that haven't happened yet, followed by what he intends as a tantalizing tidbit but I interpret as 20 more pounds of bricks on my shoulders.

Gravity's Rainbow is wearing me down, man.

So far the best question I've been able to ask about it is whether anyone has mentioned that the title itself is an oxymoron: Gravity is the law that holds things to earth, while rainbows are the promise that arc above it.

Will Divide? Patrick, sfmike? Monstro hadn't seen that before; what about you?

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  1. Oh, I've never read GR, so I don't really know what the title refers to. I've always assumed it referred to the basic arc (“rainbow”)-like path of a missile, which is informed by purposeful trajectory on the way up and, largely, gravity on the way down. However, now that we're 750 pp. into Against the Day, people are discussing rockets lately because there's a passage in ATD about a rock that falls faster than sound from a giant arc-like structure. I think the faster than sound part is important because it kind of takes gravity out of the equation, IMHO. In other words, if you shoot an ICBM at a target, indeed there is an arc-like pattern to its path. But, the damn thing is moving so fast, I'm not sure how gravity itself comes into play. There's an engine, after all, propelling the warhead faster than the speed of sound, and at that speed, I think gravity is kind of incidental (i.e., the thing itself is 99.99% targeted intention). Perhaps it's just a statement contrasting the innocence (a slow, natural path controlled by gravity alone, resembling a rainbow, a thing of beauty) with evil (a similar path controlled by a rocket, with murderous intention). But, again, I haven't read it. I should really read these things before making such commentary. (And, I have a trade paperback of it, so I'll get to it after AtD.)

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