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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.
If you're new to Pynchon, start with The Crying of Lot 49.
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.
How that other novel got made into a movie and this never has, genuinely puzzles me. Everything that made it into that movie could have been taken from this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Booked for life
The author has said that he wished he has learned his lessons in writing this book. One can hardly disagree. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.F. Carroll
What a brief, but totally wild ride! I can't believe this is my first foray into the writing of Thomas Pynchon. Like the author, precious gems like this book are hard to find.Published 2 months ago by LA
Thomas Pynchon, the fantastic and acclaimed writer of V. and Gravity's Rainbow, brings us a short and sweet novel (his second book) out of a notoriously long oeuvre, which has, out... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacob E.
I need to re-read this immediately to get all the complexity of this short novel. Not for the historically challenged. Like a shorter Foucault's Pendulum.Published 2 months ago by A. Gang