I started this book at least three separate times within a ten-year span before completing it, and can't wait for my next read-through. Pynchon's depth of knowledge is incredible, his prose always intriguing. The famous recluse seemingly has a working encyclopedic memory and, impressively, a deep understanding of rocket science that supposedly is 100% factually correct in the novel. The plot is zany and cartoonish, and Pynchon's many references and parodies of the WW2 era are lovingly rendered. Characterization sometimes takes a back seat to strict plot advancement, but if you've been considering this book at all in the past or just stumble upon it, give it a go!
Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, is under suspicion by his superiors and soon on the run from enemies through Germany.