Reading: Gravity's Rainbow as Orphic Text

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Gravity's Rainbow as Orphic Text

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Thomas A. Bass

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Gravity's Rainbow is not an easy book to read. Its language is daunting and torrential. Its hundreds of voices--dialogically compressed and often presented without identifiable speaker--yatter off the page in a kind of acoustical hallucination. Many of these voices mimic the pure, exclamatory speech that might be produced were the "watching agent" to turn in for the night. This is uncensored language, contradictory, disturbing, and rendered at times into not even good English.
How to Cite: Bass, T.A., (1983). Gravity's Rainbow as Orphic Text. Pynchon Notes. (13), pp.25–46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.408
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Published on 01 Oct 1983.
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