It would be strange to conclude this book without any comment on the relevance of its ideas to Gravity’s Rainbow, or any indication of the extent to which Pynchon’s masterpiece conforms to the basic model it has advanced for understanding his fiction. Although the sheer scale and the multifariousness of the novel are substantial deterrents to any attempt to sketch a comprehensive interpretation in a few pages, it may be helpful to outline an account which concentrates on the continuities from the earlier work.
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