Against the Day Weblog

December 7, 2006

Child of the Storm

Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 10:15 am

“She was a virgin bride. At the moment of surendering, she found herself wishing only to become the wind. To feel herself refined to an edge, an invisible edge of unknown length, to enter the realm of air forever in motion over the broken land. Child of the storm.”

This is such a powerful paragraph. Amazing writting yet so much, ‘not like him’.



  1. The writing in this novel is more poetic, melancholic and fluid,
    than other novels. But I am also awestruck by the earthy, swarming,
    hot, visceral imagery of Gravity’s Rainbow.-and the flowery, aetherial,
    but measured prose of Mason and Dixon.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 7, 2006 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  2. What confused me slightly was that I got the distinct sense that Lake had long since lost her virginity. Don’t have the book in front of me to provide evidence, though.

    Comment by Matt — February 24, 2007 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  3. Matt, I was/am confused about the same point – wasn’t Lake a prostitute for a spell, hence her and Merle’s final falling out? Or maybe Pynchon is taking the piss, since, just becoming a bride, she is a “virgin” as in newly minted bride?

    guess i should just read on . . .

    Comment by Mike H — August 30, 2007 @ 1:40 am | Reply

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