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By J. Kerry Grant

ISBN-10: 0820322504

ISBN-13: 9780820322506

To the uninitiated, Thomas Pynchon’s V. turns out to defy comprehension with its open-ended and fragmented narrative, large solid 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 throughout the novel bankruptcy by means of bankruptcy, breaking via its daunting floor via summarizing occasions and clarifying Pynchon’s many allusions. The Companion attracts largely from present severe and explicative paintings on V. to indicate the variety of interpretations that the unconventional can support.

The thousands of notes that contain the Companion are keyed to the 3 most generally pointed out variants of V. such a lot notes are interpretive, yet a few additionally offer historic and cultural contexts or support to resurrect different nuances of which means. since it doesn't represent a selected “reading” of, or “take” on, the radical, the Companion will attract quite a lot of clients. instead of trying to make ultimate experience of the unconventional, the Companion exposes and demystifies Pynchon’s reason to play with our traditional attitudes approximately fiction.

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On 7 June 1919 British troops opened fire on the thousands of people demonstrating in Valletta. Three people were killed and a fourth victim died on 8 June as a result of injuries" (Cassola 331). I5 Margravine di Chiave Lowenstein "'Wife of a margrave/ and 'key7 or 'clef7 plus 'stronghold of lions,7 with the full meaning of 'the woman who holds the key to the Iion7s cage7 "(Harder 78). 17 Mallorca One of the Balearic islands off the east coast of Spain. 77 Having presumably learned of the passing of Toledo back into Christian hands in 1085, Stencil has come to another site of contestation between Spain and Moorish invaders.

I5 a golden screw Anticipatory of the sapphire in Veronica Manganese's navel, the removal of which from the navel of the Bad Priest contributes, presumably, to the death of 20 ACOMPANIONTOV. V. (Simon 174). Safer sees the story of the golden screw as a parody of an American tall tale, a debased version of the lively exaggerations that celebrate the scope and novelty of the American experiment (84). "7 Perhaps this is the origin of the joke as a whole, but little seems to be gained from the association of the golden screw with the doubloon that Ahab nails to the mast of the Pequod.

37 He was sent to North Africa "Stencil's experience of the North African campaign is shared with the hero of Camus' La Chute (1956) and Oran is the city of La Peste (1947). The 'Florence journal' of April 1899 seems in context to glance at Rilke's Florentine Journal, based on a visit of spring 1898. 30 A C O M P A N I O N TO V. The quest of Stencil, the author-surrogate, would thus appear to be a parody and a displacement of Pynchon's own desire to return from a time of absurdist writing to the culture of the early years of the century" (Dugdale 79).

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