By Harold C. Goddard
In extraordinary and authoritative volumes, Harold C. Goddard takes readers on a journey during the works of William Shakespeare, celebrating his incomparable performs and unsurpassed literary genius.
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This process Pynchon describes most vividly in terms of the ﬁrst few moments of the rocket’s ascent, the originating moments through which its entire trajectory is irrevocably determined. The action of the book takes place in 1944 and 1945 (it is remarkable that the ﬁnest novel yet written of the Second World War should be the work of an author whose eighth birthday occurred on V-E Day), the originating and perhaps determining moments of contemporary history. The moral center of the book is the difficult but required task of recognizing the secular connectedness of the present scientific and political world—and the even more difficult requirement to act freely on the basis of that recognition.
In each case the false continuity is a symptom or cause of paranoia. Gravity’s Rainbow is reticulated by more systems and genuine conspiracies than one likes to imagine, ranging from an electrical grid to the bureaucracy of dead souls. ” The book’s examples of debased or mechanical connections, the analogues to the possibility of conspiracy in The Crying of Lot 49, involve international cartels and spy rings, even the cause-and-effect networks established by behaviorists and Pavlovians. Yet the book’s ﬁnal coherence, like that of the earlier book, is religious.
Suppose, God, there really was a Tristero then and that she had come on it by accident.... [S]he might have found The Tristero anywhere in her Republic, through any of a hundred lightly-concealed entranceways, a hundred alienations, if only she’d looked” (179). What the detective in this story discovers is a way of thinking that renders detection irrelevant. ” This, in essence, describes Oedipa’s problem: she never discovers the alienation and incoherence in the world—those were evident from the start—but she stumbles instead across the hidden relationships in the world, relations effected through and manifested in the Trystero.
The Meaning of Shakespeare, Volume 1 by Harold C. Goddard