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1.0 out of 5 stars everything that is wrong with postmodernism, May 6, 2005
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This review is from: The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Classics) (Paperback)
This book makes me think of Warhol's famous painting of soup cans. While it may be cute and clever to be sharing a private joke with your readers by naming characters things like Fallopian or Kotecks, and you may be intelligent and a technically capable writer, this does not mean the story, plot, or characters are involving or worth reading about. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against modernity or abstract art or literature. I do however feel that a writer has to do more than just be clever to write a great book. While I actively seek out a wide variety of world literature with a very offbeat slant, the deciding factor always comes down to whether the plot and characters are moving and involving. This is what makes literature the closest thing I have to the sacred in life. I feel like I have been befrauded when someone like Pynchon dresses up some otherwise poorly drawn soup-can characters in funny names and thinks that that is a substitute for good writing. It makes me understand how Christians must feel seeing a cross in a box of urine passed off as art.

The Emporor is NOT wearing new clothes, he is just a naked deluded fool walking through town.
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