I had a hard time with these first 150 pages in many respects. First, they just took so long to read! I also struggled with comprehension at points, especially with Pynchon's "stream-of-conscious"-style writing. It's also hard for me to believe that there are still 600 or so pages left in the book. I feel like I should be near the middle, as opposed to really just starting out.

One element that I noticed fairly early on was Pynchon's concentration on forms of light. It seems as though once a page or so Pynchon mentions the color, or the intensity, or the effect of, or the lack of light. Some of the imagery that comes from his descriptions of light is really cool; my favorite was "Globular lights, painted a dark green, hang out from under the fancy iron eaves, unlit for centuries"(4).("Unlit for centuries" was the part that got me hooked; it's interesting to think that the last people to light the lamps were long dead at that point in the narration.)

I'm not quite sure if the light/dark concentration is a theme (maybe the different aspects of war? Fighting against "darkness" towards "light"?) or just a way to add more detail to the story. Whatever Pynchon's reasoning, I thought it was a cool way to incorporate some different imagery into the story.