Why this book?
Gravity’s Rainbow is the granddaddy of deeply weird historical novels. From its opening line “A screaming comes across the sky” to the final few pages where the implications of that simple sentence become chillingly clear, it’s a densely populated, picaresque, almost hallucinatory WWII fantasy about Nazi Germany’s development and deployment of the V-2 rocket. Or at least it’s mainly about that. Which doesn’t even begin to hint at the intricacies of its story or the depths of its weirdness. For me, Gravity’s Rainbow is a masterclass in letting your writerly imagination off the leash, and in keeping an enormously complicated story coherent.