Day 15 - winners

Posted on May 15, 2007 by Chris Lumens in Gravity's Rainbow.

Today is day 15 of the Gravity’s Rainbow Death Pact. I’m at page 457, having quit last night after a really wonderful section involving Poekler and Ilse and then doing a little more reading today.

However, the really big news is that overnight two people announced they finished after fourteen days of reading. The first was Jared. Less than three hours later, Rebecca also got through. Surprisingly, they both seem to be alive and not entirely crazy though neither has much to say about the ending. I guess it’s not going to be very remarkable. So it was very close in the end, but there can be only one winner.

I’d like to congratulate Jared for getting all the way through this book faster than the rest of us, despite having a job. I don’t know what my excuse for not winning is, then. I’d also like to congratulate Rebecca for finishing so close behind. I wonder who will be third. We never decided on any sort of prize so Jared might have to settle on our admiration and respect. If we want to continue this book club idea then I guess he can also pick the next book. Hopefully it’ll be something a little more approachable.

As for the rest of us, it isn’t over yet. Keep reading! You still have 16 days left in the month if you want to try to finish by then. That’s what I am shooting for. I’m even finding parts of this book enjoyable, though they are buried in a whole lot of text. If you don’t have any interest in finishing now that someone’s won, you’ve read a whole lot of dense text for nothing and will probably have to pick it back up again in the future.