|Award(s):||National Book Award (1974)|
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Winner of the 1974 National Book Award “A screaming comes across the sky. . .” A few months after the Germans’ secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map of the city pinpointing the sexual conquests of one Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, U.S. Army, corresponds identically to a map showing the V-2 impact sites. The implications of this discovery will...
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It's not often I say I'm glad a book is over. I did laugh; I was confused; I read with an open mind; I found whole parts fascinating.....I did not like the gratuitous disgusting sex....I did not like erections on every page...but maybe that's the point????? There are simply too many images that I will not be able to unimagine now.
Sep 14th, 2017
Jun 25th, 2015
Dec 12th, 2014
Not the easiest thing in the world to finish, but worth savoring. A whacked out novel set during WWII whose main character sort of stumbles into the book quite awhile after it's begun and equally sort of vanishes before it is finished. Slothrop's the name and sex....well, you see a lot of people are interested in Slothrop because he seems to be predictive of where V2 rockets will drop because he previously had sex in those places, you see. Clear as mud, eh? Well, how 'bout them rockets, then. They are faster than the speed of sound so that if you hear one coming in, you already know it's missed you. Er, it really isn't very easy to sum this sucker up, but I can say it is very funny.
Jul 30th, 2013
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