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The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library)


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ISBN13: 9780060913076
ISBN10: 006091307x
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The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self knowledge.


"The comedy crackles, the puns pop, the satire explodes." New York Times


"Brilliant...a trim fable of conspiracy and disinformation linked to an 'underground' postal system." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon was born in 1937. His books include The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, and Mason and Dixon.

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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
This is a classic I wish I'd read sooner.

Capturing a dystopian future (or past?) and reading much faster than 1984 I found this story to be engaging and captivating.

While heavily allegorical it's a great story with interesting insights and characters.
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Eric Watson, March 20, 2015 (view all comments by Eric Watson)
One of my favorite books of all time! Definitely not for everybody, but Pynchon delivers a dense and powerful narrative. It's loaded with cryptic and intriguing symbols that propel the story from a banal mystery to a post-modern enigma, even if the symbols' ultimate meanings remain shrouded or confoundingly polysemic.
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chorne, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by chorne)
If you've always heard the term postmodern and wondered what it meant this book is for you. But, this book is definately not for everyone, the plot is unique to say the least, and the characters are not what you will find in most novels, but then again, neither is the intellectual stimulation. In only a little over 100 pages, Thomas Pynchon has written an accessibly managable intro. to postmodern literature. Although this book is rather dense, and is filled with obscure facts and information from seemingly every conceivable specialty of knowledge, it is a great introduction to one of the most misunderstood genres of modern literature. Just be sure to keep a dictionary and encyclopedia handy. The plot revolves around the exciting and often bizarre experiences and travels of Oedipa Maas, after she is named executor of an ex-lovers will. In her adventures she uncovers a surrealistic world where everything that she has ever learned seems to fall into question. It is a world where nazi doctors, secret societies, papal misdeeds, anarchist dreams, and deranged outcasts all come out of the shadows to invade the "typical" suburban landscape of an average American housewife. This book is about uncovering the realities, or lack thereof, that most people would want to stay hidden, or at the least forgotton. It is about questioning the assumptions that we all hold dear, even if it means coming to terms with a world that is without meaning, without order, and most of all without a coherent design. This is a book with many questions to be answered, so if you would like an envigorating intellectual challenge this book will not dissappoint
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Product Details

Pynchon, Thomas
Harper Perennial
Thomas Pynchon
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
New York :
Married women
Administration of estates
Married women -- California -- Fiction.
General Fiction
California Fiction.
Married women -- Fiction.
Romance - Contemporary
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Perennial Fiction Library
Series Volume:
no. 64
Publication Date:
January 2007
Grade Level:
7.48x5.72x.41 in. .32 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Brilliant...a trim fable of conspiracy and disinformation linked to an 'underground' postal system."
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