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"A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force with a strongly European flavor." -- San Francisco Examiner
"The comedy crackles, the puns pop the satire explodes." -- New York Times
"The work of a virtuoso with prose.intricate symbolic order [is] akin to that of Joyce's Ulysses." -- Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.
When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity, dies and designates her the coexecutor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Maas is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
to much of the 1960's. Were people really that weird in that decade?Published 6 days ago by diane reeve
Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 is a whirlwind containing a plethora of debris: misinformation (deliberate and accidental), language labyrinths, gender struggles, logical... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Hannah Hiles
it was confusing and repetitious. If it hadn't been the book for the book group I am in, I would have thrown in down half way through.Published 24 days ago by Patricia
I didn't expect to be drawn in to it, like I was. I had to read it for a class, but by the end I was completely wrapped in the conspiracy to subtly subvert the government system of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Townes
Every once in a while I discover a book that is not meant for me, one that is beyond my mere mortal sense of narrative, one beyond my definition of what a novel is and should... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Wilkerson
WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
This probably isn't a book I would have picked up to read on my own. Read more
I must disagree with the reviewers that found "Crying of Lot 49" unreadable. It's as easy to read as the back of a cereal box (and just as edifying - perhaps less so). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larry Benjamin