I stumbled upon this group read of Gravity’s Rainbow on Sarah’s blog yesterday, and I jumped at it straight away. It’s one of those books that’s always seemed very intimidating, and the read-along seems “easy”. I can’t believe I just said that.

The snippet from the blog post reads:

Now if you, like us, have always wished you had read Gravity’s Rainbow so you could know what all the fuss is all about, but know you would never, ever get through the thing on your own, here’s your chance! We have daily page goals, weekly check-ins on Mondays, and, I’ve heard a rumor, real, live book club gatherings at certain hot spots with enough readers. Said gatherings will probably include wine and/or cupcakes.

Here’s your cordial invitation–starting this week, I’ll keep a sidebar up with page counts through the end. I’ll post a quick update here each Monday, along with any announced regional gatherings I’ve heard about. Obviously, the more people who join, the more fun and gatherings there will be. Leave me a comment and/or shoot me an email at moonratty@gmail.com if you want to play or suggest a meet-up.

Page counts are designed to be manageable–about 70 pages a week, or 10 pages a day. This way, you can read faster if you like, or you can still have time for other (perhaps lighter) reading, as well. (Since the book has no chapter breaks, the page counts are taken from the Penguin Classics edition, the only one currently in print.)

70 pages a week sounds manageable, right?

Anyway, give it a go if you fancy it. It’s supposed to be a fantastic book, and you know you want to :)

6 Responses to “#gravrain”

  1. Yay! This is going to be fun… isn’t it?!

  2. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on this one. I started a Pynchon book a while ago and couldn’t get into it at all. I don’t think it was this one, but I remember it being hard to read. Good luck!

  3. Oh, I’ve always wondered what this book is like. It should be fun in manageable chunks. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I trust your opinion :)

  4. @Sarah : Yeah. I’m really looking forward to it, and as it’s so “challenging”, I like the baby-steps way of approaching it!

    @Jackie : I wonder which one you started. This is the only one I’ve picked up, but, his new one seems quite interesting: Inherent Vice.

    @Sassy Brit : Thank you :) Baby steps is the way forward.

  5. Good luck. I’ve tried this book about 5 times since the mid-1970s. I’ve gotten beyond page 56 or so.

    I did like his The Crying of Lot 49 (or whatever it’s called). Well, at least I finished it.

    • lol, thanks for the encouragement :)

      I got past page 56, but then, I just stopped reading it. I really hope I finish it this time. Unfortunately, I haven’t read The Crying Of Lot 49, but I am very intrigued by his new book: Inherent Vice.

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