A Conversation for Kurt Vonnegut - Author
Vonnegut & Pynchon
Steve K. Started conversation Mar 16, 2005
I don't remember "Slaughterhouse 5" very well, but reading the entry reminded me of Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow". A Google search led to some comparisons, e.g. theses by literature students.
The second world war operates as a benchmark for both Vonnegut and Pynchon. Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five grew from his attempt to narrate the horrific events he witnessed as a prisoner-of-war in Dresden during its bombing. ...
It is only through the vortex of Billy Pilgrim, a character "unstuck in time," that he could approach the topic. Characters affected by the war appear throughout his novels. Pynchon, still a young child when the war ended, nevertheless channels the experiences of his elders into the wasteland world of Gravity's Rainbow, through a vortex of paranoia about the real motives and operatives for the war.
A lot more here:
The title (I think) is:
"Absurd America in the Novels of Vonnegut, Pynchon, and Boyle"
I think Vonnegut was way more popular than Pynchon, I recall a doctor seeing my copy of "Gravity's Rainbow" and saying "I remember the day I gave up on that book." But it does have its advocates. If anyone is interested in giving it a try, I recommend getting the companion book that explains the references, i.e. tells you what Pynchon is talking about ...
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