Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments (1988)

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pp. vii-viii

In many ways doing this book was fun. It meant readings in American pop and material culture, the occult, varieties of pseudoscience, real science, vernacular geography, and forty-year-old news periodical—to mention just a few fields I wandered into. A new discovery...

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And More Acknowledgments (2006)

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p. ix

Since this book first appeared Pynchon has published two novels, Vineland (1990) and the long-awaited Mason & Dixon (1997). He's less the invisible writer. He wrote (for example) the liner notes for a disk of Spike Jones classics (Spiked!, 1994), contributed a New York Times essay on sloth to a quirky series on the seven deadly sins and...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

The first draft of Gravity's Rainbow was written out in neat, tiny script on engineers' quadrille paper. The idea had grown, parts of it during a stint in Mexico, from V., Pynchon's first novel. It had been put aside for a second book, The Crying of Lot 49 ("in which I seem to have forgotten most of what I thought I'd learned...

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Part 1 Beyond the Zero

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pp. 13-120

Part 1 of Gravity's Rainbow (herein abbreviated GR), entitled "Beyond the Zero," spans nine days of the Advent and Christmas season, from December 18 through December 26, 1944. There are also a number of carefully orchestrated analepses: to the day several...

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Part 2 Un Perm’ au Casino Hermann Goering

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pp. 121-174

Part 2, whose French title means "A Furlough at the Hermann Goering Casino," opens around Christmas 1944 in Monaco. It ends five months later with Tyrone Slothrop departing from Nice for "the Zone" of occupied Europe and, back in England...

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Part 3 In the Zone

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pp. 175-318

Free? What's free?" Slothrop wondered during his first day in Nice. Part 3 of GR explores that question. Set in the occupied zone of middle Europe during the summer of 1945, its dominant astrological sign is Leo, a fire sign and, as Marc E. Jones (Astrology 263) has...

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Part 4 The Counterforce

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pp. 319-384

Part 4, "The Counterforce," begins shortly after August 6, 1945, the Feast of the Transfiguration (in the Roman Catholic Church), though we also return to August 6 during an analepsis in episode 1, when Slothrop is shown miraculously recovering his long-lost mouth harp. This signals a transfiguration that inverts...

Bibliography

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pp. 385-396

Index

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pp. 397-412