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December 19, 2006

You never did (The Kenosha Kid)

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 1:28 pm

Stevens Amidon talks in his excellent blog on reading Against the Day on the close connexion between Gravitys Rainbow and Against the day:

I continue to imagine these texts existing together in some set of notebooks (or computer files—not our Luddite!) from which the author cuts and pastes them into these works. Pastiche? Collage?

This, strangely enough was my feeling as well, in ways that make them inseparable. I know I will never be able to read Gravitys Rainbow in the same way as I read it before, and I know that reading Against the Day probably has pushed my lines of thought concerning Gravity’s Rainbow along avenues that are interlinked with Against the Day. Also, my current reading of Against the Day is incredibly influenced by the running themes of Gravity’s Rainbow, and if I ever I wished I could unread a book as an experiment it would have been now.

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2 Comments »

  1. http://against-the-day.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Thomas_Pynchon#The_Crying_of_Lot_49

    In the 60s, Pynchon set out to write what he called 3 or 4 novels at once, and it’s possible, even likely, that this included Against the Day as well as GR. “I’ll write one about WWI, and another about WWII! Each will have an overrding scientific metaphor– light/dark in one and parabolas in the other!” Forty years later…

    That said, he may have conceived them together but I doubt that much, if any, of ATD was written in the 60s or 70s. The prose is too unlike GR, IMO, except in very brief bursts (the 138-155 sequence, in particular, so far).

    Comment by Erik K — December 20, 2006 @ 12:33 am | Reply

  2. He just *might* have written bits of AtD back then (although I must say I doubt it as well. My comment was mainly about the affinity of the two novels, not exactly about the time of writing). I also agree the writing style is totally different just like you say, but I am sure the text passed through stages of heavy editing before it landed in our hands.

    Comment by basileios — December 20, 2006 @ 6:10 am | Reply


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