Awesome book cover Friday: Gravity’s Rainbow

This week’s featured cover is of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Thanks to Sarah for the tip! Here’s a description of the book:

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 launch Slothrop on an amazing journey across war-torn Europe, fleeing an international cabal of military-industrial superpowers, in search of the mysterious Rocket 00000, through a wildly comic extravaganza that has been hailed in The New Republic as “the most profound and accomplished American novel since the end of World War II.”

This particular cover is a new Random House U.K. version coming out in February 2013, designed by Matt Broughton. It’s one of the New York Times’ favorite cover designs of 2012. Here’s what they had to say:

I love the graphic simplicity and power of this cover. A rainbow made up of V-2 rockets is an ingenious solution. The one black rocket placed in the center of all the other rockets alludes to the quest for the mysterious black device on “the one rocket out of 6,000 that carried the Imipolex G device.” From a strictly graphic point of view I love the choice of the grey felt background and the subtle paint texturing of the colored rockets.

What do you think? I’d definitely put this one on my shelf.

One thought on “Awesome book cover Friday: Gravity’s Rainbow

  1. Sarah

    Oh yes, this is cool. What is it with me and simplistic designs? :) I love the colors, and the retro feel to it. I really should read this one too. Great choice, Stephanie!

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