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This is the wiki for Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Besides using the Alphabetical Index and the page-by-page annotation, you can also take a look at Gravity's Rainbow covers, read the reviews, or entertain some theories on the source of the title.

Review of Weisenburger's 2nd ed. of A Gravity's Rainbow Companion
Professor Don Larrson, he of the Companion's Companion to
Gravity's Rainbow (which was rolled into this wiki), reviews Steve Weisenburger's the second, revised edition of A Gravity’s Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon’s Novel. Read it....

Marc Getter - Designer & Illustrator
Marc Getter (1947-2008) illustrated and designed the original covers for Gravity's Rainbow, in 1972 (published in 1973). Read his bio, as well a pictures of Marc, his wife, and some of his watercolors from the 1990s.

Hawaiian cultural references in Gravity's Rainbow

Contents

How to Use this Wiki

There are two major ways to use this wiki. The first is the Gravity's Rainbow Alphabetical Index, used to keep track of the myriad characters, real and imagined, as well as events, arcana, and lots of other stuff. The second is the Spoiler-Free Annotations by Page, which allows the reader to look up and contribute allusions and references while reading the book, in a convenient and spoiler-free manner. These two sections are so far almost entirely different, but we're working on integrating them.

Apart from those, it's up to you.

Alphabetical Index

Information on the characters, events, and everything else in Gravity's Rainbow, organized alphabetically:
Gravity's Rainbow Alpha Guide
A·B·C·D·E·F·G·H·I·J·K·L·M·N·O·P·Q·R·S·T·U·V·W·XYZ top of page


Page by Page Annotations

1
Beyond the Zero

3-7, 7-16, 17-19, 20-29, 29-37, 37-42, 42-47, 47-53, 53-60, 60-71, 71-72, 72-83, 83-92, 92-113, 114-120, 120-136, 136-144, 145-154, 154-167, 167-174, 174-177

2
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering

181-189, 189-205, 205-226, 226-236, 236-244, 244-249, 249-269, 269-278

3
In the Zone

279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616

4
The Counterforce

617-626, 626-640, 640-655, 656-663, 663-673, 674-700, 700-706, 706-717, 717-724, 724-733, 733-735, 735-760

Character Map

**Contains Spoilers**
A character map showing how most of the major characters connect together (PDF).

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External Links

The Modern Word: Gravity's Rainbow
The Fictional Woods - a Pynchon forum
Zak Smith's Illustrations for Each Page of Gravity's Rainbow

Featured Article

Marc Getter
Marc Getter, Designer & Illustrator of the original Gravity's Rainbow Cover

Last year, Tim Ware decided to find out more about Marc Getter who did the original Gravity's Rainbow cover design and illustration — the city silhouette with sunburst sky. He wanted to ask Marc about the process of creating that beautiful cover. unfortunately, Marc had died in 2008. However, Tim was able to get in contact with his wife, Linda, who really wanted to assist in creating a page about Marc for the Gravity's Rainbow wiki. Read about Marc Getter and view his wonderful paintings.

Digitization: Progression from Physical to Cyber Space Via Gravity’s Rainbow, and What Meaning We May Find There


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At Sixes and Sevens
To be "at sixes and sevens" is an English phrase and idiom, common in the United Kingdom. It is used to describe a state of confusion or disarray.

"He'd never told her, he avoided telling himself, but that was the measure of his faith, as this seventh Christmas of the War came wheeling in another charge at his skinny, shivering flank..." - Gravity's Rainbow, p.126

"A miscount" - Steven C. Weisenburger, A Gravity's Rainbow Companion

Um, not so fast there, Steve...

Gallery

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