My Selection — Gravity’s Rainbow

by Thomas Pynchon

Alan Asnen
May 16 · 4 min read
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First there was John Barth’s Giles Goat-Boy and Pynchon’s own V. There was Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch. There were other important texts.

But no other novel shattered the realm of “modern” Postmodern fiction in the manner Gravity’s Rainbow did.

This, perhaps, because it arrived at a moment in the United States when timing was