fakeusername2 wrote: ↑
January 17th, 2020, 7:26 am
Any advice on how to actually finish Gravity's Rainbow
? I tried twice several years back and never made it even halfway.
The book consists of distinct episodes, each partitioned off by seven ☐s, and that's as much of a semblance of structure or reliable grounding you can hope for, so I suppose reading one full episode every time you pick up the book might be a good strategy. Jotting down the various (nick)names of encountered characters -- as well as their (initially-presented) basic associations and social standings -- is worth it too imo; some do inexplicably disappear or lose relative importance, but others markedly recur, echo, and relevant information about them is revealed much later on. Keep in mind the episodes don't necessarily follow each other linearly, and as this one character called Sammy Hilbert-Spaess leads me to believe, measurement plays a key role, the fetched eigenvalue of an observable operator is only one among many possible... (or something). . . . what shows up inside the empty circle in his brain might string together into a message, might not, he'll just have to see
"Oh, THE WORLD OVER THERE, it's
So hard to explain!
Just-like, a dream's-got, lost in yer brain!
Dancin' like a fool through that Forbid-den Wing,
Waitin' fer th' light to start shiver-ing—well,
Who ev-ver said ya couldn't move that way,
Who ev-ver said ya couldn't try?
Ya can al-ways-go-back-a-gain, cause
Ya don't-ev-er-real-ly-say, good-by!"
For the record I read G's R over around 5 months, even briefly traveled with that large volume in my backpack just to sporadically beam a few sentences into my brain, understood even fewer than that, and overall consider it one of my most rapturous reads so far. If you find the first page enthralling on a literary level, then it's worth ploughing through the whole thing for more, especially for as brisk and prodigious reader as you ;-)
That's quite an endorsement of House of Leaves
, thanks for that, a friend recommended it to me recently as well, I'm set on delving into it soon
Glanced into Platforme
and immediately de Balzac's epigraph looks pertinent on the subject of terrorists; now I'm eager to read whole book, also because it's about travelling. Among Houellebecq's fiction Les particules élémentaires
) is one I read; unlike Whatever
it's written in the 3rd person and its two principal characters aren't as noxious, they receive life-spanning accounts, such that their forlorn dispositions, (self-)estranging worldviews, and awkward behaviours can be understood through a broader framework, while the tragedies that befall them invite some sympathy too. It's a more balanced work and expansive in themes, not confined to a single guy's unhinged perspective.
Congrats for & good luck in teaching those undergrads soon! Are you designing the course from the bottom up?
Surfaces in 4-Space - Thanks, I downloaded it this morning, and wow, looks like a dauntingly good read to try to flex (and eventually break) ones imagination. I think I'll get some groundwork done in Knot Theory (which I didn't take as a module when I had the option) first and then move over to this book.
Conrad, The Secret Agent
- Did you include this one among the list of novels for your subliterate undergrads too?