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A Companion to V. by J. Kerry Grant

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 one hundred fifty of them), and wide variety of frequently imprecise references. J. Kerry Grant’s Companion to “V.” takes us throughout the novel bankruptcy by means of bankruptcy, breaking via its daunting floor by means of summarizing occasions and clarifying Pynchon’s many allusions. The Companion attracts greatly from present severe and explicative paintings on V. to signify the variety of interpretations that the unconventional can support.

The hundreds of thousands of notes that contain the Companion are keyed to the 3 most generally brought up versions of V. so much notes are interpretive, yet a few additionally offer old and cultural contexts or support to resurrect different nuances of which means. since it doesn't represent a specific “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 reason to play with our traditional attitudes approximately fiction.

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Almost harmless in their ineptitude and adolescent in 18 A C O M P A N I O N TO V. their lack of imagination" (98). Dugdale, however, reminds us that, while "the Crew are degenerate representatives of their era, . . postwar culture proper consists of their heroes, who are either mentioned by name in the text (Varese, lonesco, de Kooning, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Beckett) or alluded to through parody (Pollock and Rauschenberg via the visual artists, Coleman and Coltrane via Sphere)" (101). Hawthorne finds a sexual pun in the name, asserting that the Crew are indeed "a 'hole7 sick crew" (83).

Eddins, reading "rose" through Henry Adams as the symbol of the Virgin's promise of paradise, equates the phrase with the process of decline away from the "spiritsustaining powers" of the Virgin in the direction of "the subhuman realm of blind entropic process that constitutes late Adamsian nature" (61). " According to Brewer, im- CHAPTER ONE 13 13 ages of roses were "sculpted on the ceilings of banqueting rooms, to remind the guests that what was spoken sub vino was not to be repeated sub divo" ("Sub rosa").

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