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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.
What can you say, it's Thomas Pynchon, one of the best writers I have ever encountered. Short book, but with TP, very dense material - making it a pleasure and no need to rush... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bob Wachholder
Although full jokes both crude and sly, something's unsettling about this book.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was unhappy with the sentence structure at first, it seemed to suffer from a lack of editing. Sentences were awkward, often required re-reading. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Fernand Ray
After 152 pages of following the often frenetic forays of Oedipa Maas across the vast reaches of California and never-never land, her mental condition functioning at various levels... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phoebus Mudd
A relatively quick and easy introduction to Pynchon. Hip writing style, and a central mystery that keeps one interested, after a somewhat slow start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Byblos sur mer
I wish I could give it no stars to be honest. If you're an English major...or just love reading overly complicated books, I'd say go for it. I couldn't get through this at all.Published 2 months ago by Michelle
If you haven't read Pynchon before but have been thinking about doing so, I recommend you start here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John E Korsmo
I loved the book, but this "hardcover" is extremely low quality. The paper is thin and the book cover is plastic-feeling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Danny
Bears some resemblance to its contemporaneous works, such as the early Monty Python (absurdism) and "The Magus," in that our main character, the symbolically named Oedipa... Read morePublished 3 months ago by kelpy reader writer artist chef