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Gravity's Rainbow

Who or what is the Kenosha Kid in Gravity's Rainbow? 

Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow possesses an image which has intrigued readers of the novel since its introduction. Many readers come away from the novel failing to find the answer to one...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 6:50 pm UTC

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Gravity's Rainbow

How did Thomas Pynchon's use and knowledge of LSD influence the writing style of Gravity's Rainbow?

The late writer Jules Siegel had enjoyed a particularly close relationship to the reclusive Thomas Pynchon, and much of what is thought to be known about the latter comes from the former’s...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2014 5:03 pm UTC

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Does the current class of college students read Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and what is their general opinion? 

Any question that seeks to establish opinion about literature will always have divergent responses. I do think that Pynchon's work is read at the collegiate level. Given how it embraces so much...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2014 5:22 pm UTC

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What was Pynchon's impact on society with Gravity's Rainbow?

 Gravity’s Rainsbow is steeped in the life styles and politics of  the counter culture. It asks questions such as: do alternative cultural practices lead to change in...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2007 3:15 am UTC

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What are Thomas Pynchon's world views including, his religious /spiritual leanings, reflected in his novel Gravity's...

In the late stages of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union sent teams of scientists into newly-liberated regions of Central and Eastern Europe. Their mission was to locate German...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2014 5:36 pm UTC

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How is Thomas Pynchon's works recieved then and now? I want to know if Thomas Pynchon was successful in his writings

Pynchon has won several awards for his writing. In 1963, he won a William Faulkner Foundation award for V, as the best first novel of the year. His second novel, The Crying of Lot 49, won the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2007 5:39 am UTC

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What is your interpretation of the last page of the book ("Descent")? Is it to be taken literally (guided missile...

I think the final page of the book is more symbolic in nature, but that's not to say that in the events of the novel, that wasn't what actually happened. I believe there is a line that can be...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 1:56 pm UTC

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