Replying to old post alert.
Gravity’s Rainbow isn’t simply a great book, it is one of the pivotal novels of twentieth century literature.
And in my mind (because literature is now less important) potentially the last real innovative literature we have. Post this we get to similar sprawling post modern stuff (Infinite Jest), ernest middle class bollocks favoured by those in publishing houses (McEwan, etc) and kind of minimal ‘experimental’ stuff in a line from Kafka (Murakami, Auster).
I’d also point out I’ve had a couple of glasses of wine and that this list is notable for the absence of any female/non-male writers. I guess what I’m trying to say that the Pynchon actually a really, really important book.