The Important One Is Mauve
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Un Hommage à Thomas Pynchon's Rainbow
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From the introduction:
One of the great novels of the 20th century is Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow
For those interested in the use of color as a code in literature it is a positive goldmine.
Consequently, many erudite essays have been written about this aspect of the work.
My activity in this area has involved an examination and compilation of the phrases in
which these color codes appear. Using this database I have constructed a reading of the
novel based on these phrases.
In carrying out this process I set myself the following constraints;
. Each phrase abstracted from the novel must contain at least one color term.
. The words in each phrase must be in the order used by Pynchon.
. The phrases subsequently used to construct sentences to be in the order in
which they occur in the novel.
. The only freedom to be in the selection of appropriate punctuation.
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