By J. Kerry Grant
To the uninitiated, Thomas Pynchon’s V. turns out to defy comprehension with its open-ended and fragmented narrative, large forged of characters (some a hundred and fifty of them), and wide selection of frequently vague references. J. Kerry Grant’s Companion to “V.” takes us during the novel bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, breaking via its daunting floor by means of summarizing occasions and clarifying Pynchon’s many allusions. The Companion attracts generally from latest serious and explicative paintings on V. to indicate the variety of interpretations that the unconventional can support.
The countless numbers of notes that contain the Companion are keyed to the 3 most generally brought up versions of V. such a lot notes are interpretive, yet a few additionally offer old and cultural contexts or aid to resurrect different nuances of which means. since it doesn't represent a selected “reading” of, or “take” on, the radical, the Companion will entice 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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CHAPTER THREE After a brief prelude, the chapter fragments into eight parts, in each of which Stencil assumes a different narrative persona. As P. Aieul, a waiter in a cafe in Alexandria in 1898, he eavesdrops on a meeting between two Englishmen, one of whom is called Porpentine and the other of whom is later identified as Porpentine's partner, Goodf ellow. Picking up only on portions of the conversation, Aieul/Stencil speculates about the possible back-story that has brought these two men together, imagining various permutations of relationships among the people he hears being discussed—Victoria Wren, Sir Alistair Wren, Bongo-Shaftsbury.
61). 42 Parris Island One of the Sea Islands in southern South Carolina; since 1915, a Marine Corps training center. 42 Hagannah "(Hebrew: 'Defense'), Zionist military organization representing the majority of the Jews in 12 A C O M P A N I O N TO V. Palestine from 1920 to 1948. Organized to combat the revolts of Palestinian Arabs against the Jewish settlement of Palestine" ("Haganah," Britannica Online). 3 mezuzah "(Hebrew: 'doorpost7) . . small folded or rolled parchment inscribed by a qualified calligraphist with scriptural verses (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21) to remind Jews of their obligations toward God.
37 Miraculous Medal "An oval medal bearing on one side an image of our Lady standing on a globe with rays of light coming from her hands, surrounded by the words: 'O Mary conceived without sin! Pray for us who have recourse to thee',on the reverse, a cross, the initial M, and a representation of the hearts of Jesus and his mother" ("Miraculous Medal," Catholic Encyclopaedic Dictionary}. 41 half Catholic Slade suggests that, in 10 A C O M P A N I O N TO V. , Profane's "Jewish schlemihlhood can rejuvenate the sterile rituals of the Catholic faith, and somehow turn them into viable values'' (95).