By J. Kerry Grant
To the uninitiated, Thomas Pynchon’s V. turns out to defy comprehension with its open-ended and fragmented narrative, large forged of characters (some a hundred and fifty of them), and wide selection of usually imprecise references. J. Kerry Grant’s Companion to “V.” takes us in the course of the novel bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, breaking via its daunting floor through summarizing occasions and clarifying Pynchon’s many allusions. The Companion attracts commonly from latest severe and explicative paintings on V. to indicate the diversity of interpretations that the unconventional can support.
The enormous quantities of notes that include the Companion are keyed to the 3 most generally stated versions of V. such a lot notes are interpretive, yet a few additionally supply historic and cultural contexts or support to resurrect different nuances of that means. since it doesn't represent a selected “reading” of, or “take” on, the unconventional, the Companion will attract quite a lot of clients. instead of trying to make ultimate experience of the radical, the Companion exposes and demystifies Pynchon’s motive to play with our traditional attitudes approximately fiction.
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43 as respectable and orthodox as spying Once again we are reminded that Herbert's activities are cast in a less favorable light than his father's before him. 10 Henry Adams in the Education Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), the American historian, records his difficulties in coming to terms with the twentieth century in his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams. This single reference has provided readers with a broad range of allusions upon which to draw in the effort to make sense of Stencil's quest.
42 Downbeat magazine Actually, Down Beat. "American bi-weekly magazine founded and edited by Jack Maher in 1934. Intended initially for the professional dance band and jazz musician, it continues to have interest for a wider readership of enthusiasts by virtue of its good jazz coverage and its yearly awards" ("Down Beat/7 Gammond). 5 Charlie Parker Charles Christopher Parker Jr. (1920-1955). "American alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who is considered by many to have been the greatest improviser in jazz history and the father of the modern jazz style known as bebop.
21 To sustain it he had to hunt V. "Posing this sort of attraction for Stencil, V. clearly represents 'the very essence of what is strange in woman and of all that is eternally fugitive, vanishing, and almost hostile in a fellow human being7 that De Rougemont [Love in the Western World 244] discovers in Iseult. Like Iseult, V. is 'that which indeed incites to pursuit, and rouses . . an avidity for possession so much more delightful than possession itself 777 (Graves 66). PCS 1 . 3I an Egyptologist named Bongo-Shaftsbury The idea of the son following in the father's footsteps has some resonance in the light of StenciPs quest.