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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 the Hardcover edition.
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.
Not my idea of a good story and without a satisfactory resolutionPublished 17 days ago by Larry Comden
Despite Thomas Pynchon’s reputation for abstruse prose, The Crying of Lot 49 is a very readable novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Buzalka
It is extremely difficult to like this silly and fury signifying nothing. So why do so many people say they like it? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Walrus Rex
Pynchon: mischievous , magnificent and memorably complex . A super rich property tycoon dies and makes his former lover a Co executive of his Estate shoving her into an world of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hayley
excellent satire of modern society, its confusions and anxieties. there are many puns, parodies if a type of medieval play, and the names have meaning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by artie solomon
This was the most confusing book I have ever read!! It was all over the place! I had no idea what was going on half the time!Published 3 months ago by Texaswomyn