Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens, Kate
There's no question––this book is difficult. It requires the reader's great attention and effort, but is both richly rewarding and funny, written in a surprisingly modern style for its time.
The two young men––they were of the English public official class––sat in the perfectly appointed railway carriage. The leather straps to the windows were of virgin newness; the mirrors beneath the new luggage racks immaculate as if they had reflected very little; the bulging upholstery in its luxuriant, regulated curves was scarlet and yellow in an intricate, minute dragon pattern, the design of a geometrician in Cologne.
Perhaps it would be best not to tell Lady Tietjens that he spoke... She would have liked to have his last words... But she did not need them as much as I.
I am wholly convinced that Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow stole some ideas and plot twists from this novel. Tyron Slothrop has a lot in common with Christopher Tiejens. Although different wars, the way rockets are portrayed and used is similar too.
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