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Who's Talking Here: Finding the Voice in Gravity's Rainbow

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Jacqueline R. Smetak

Iowa State University
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It goes without saying that Gravity's Rainbow is one of those books which resist, almost diabolically, traditional critical approaches. It has no plot that anyone can follow. One critic, Douglas Fouler, has even gone so far as to say that, because the novel "is unsatisfactory in the resolution of its sub-plots," it is less a novel and more an enormous lyric poem or perhaps a series of "minutely detailed romantic fantasies" a la Mad Comics. The other problem with the novel is that it also has no single consistent narrative voice. The voice seems, rather, to be a veritable cacophony of fragmented voices.
How to Cite: Smetak, J.R., (1987). Who's Talking Here: Finding the Voice in Gravity's Rainbow. Pynchon Notes. (20-21), pp.93–103. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.337
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Published on 22 Sep 1987.
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