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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
So, read /just/ this short book and have a chance at enjoying Pynchon.
For the most part, I found the novel entertaining enough (and it is very short) but its major downfall is that I felt no attachment to any of the characters.
Thomas Pynchon is widely recognized as among the most brilliant of postwar writers, and this is the perfect introduction to his work.
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 6 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 13 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Larry Benjamin
It reminded me of a mix between The Da Vinci Code and 1984. The story wasn't nearly as good as either but it's a nice, quick readPublished 3 months ago by Will
“The Crying of Lot 49” is one of those books that is undeniably great, but it simply isn’t for everyone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Milliern