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The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library) (original 1966; edition 2006)

by Thomas Pynchon

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Title:The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library)
Authors:Thomas Pynchon
Info:Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Novels, Your library
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Tags:American Literature, 20th Century, Fiction, Postmodernism

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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966)

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This short little book kept fascinating and frustrating me. But what else would you expect from a book that can be considered both a great postmodern work, as well as a great parody of postmodern writing? Pynchon himself tended to look down on his own work as he aged, and yes the book does have it's weaknesses, but for the most part, it's a fascinating little tale of both suspense and conspiracy, as well as postmodern musing on the nature of fact and understanding vs perception and fantasy.

If you're on the fence about Pynchon or are unwilling to tackle one of his longer works, start here. I think you'll know whether or not you feel like reading him more from this very comfortably short novel. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
This short little book kept fascinating and frustrating me. But what else would you expect from a book that can be considered both a great postmodern work, as well as a great parody of postmodern writing? Pynchon himself tended to look down on his own work as he aged, and yes the book does have it's weaknesses, but for the most part, it's a fascinating little tale of both suspense and conspiracy, as well as postmodern musing on the nature of fact and understanding vs perception and fantasy.

If you're on the fence about Pynchon or are unwilling to tackle one of his longer works, start here. I think you'll know whether or not you feel like reading him more from this very comfortably short novel. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
i know i liked this a lot, but i can't really remember it. that's pretty silly. ( )
  behemothing | Oct 25, 2014 |
A perfect example and parody of post-modernism, this is one of easiest to "get" of Pynchon's works: it's quite short and the plot isn't as convoluted and dense as say Gravity's Rainbow or V. However, that isn't to say it's easy-going, the characters are eccentric and the mystery is not solved, leaving the reader on a cliff-hanger right at the end. Nevertheless, it's still an entertaining and interesting read. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
I went back to CoL49 after 30 years asking, what resonates in me with Pynchon? Maybe his idea that to understand America (or Western Civ, if you like), you have two choices—there’s interconnection at the highest level and it’s toxic, based entirely in unending, mostly secret struggles for power, or there’s no connection at all, and you are surrounded by a banal history of slaughter that produced an incoherent world full of creepy simulacra, unhappy shadow people, and dead junk. Nice choice. But it wouldn’t just be the defensible thesis that makes it compelling, it’s the fact that Pynchon creates this epistemologically unstable world in such detail, lets you know from Word One it’s a creation (as opposed to a simulacrum, something that merely imitates), telegraphs that to you with every goofy name and complex pun, every absurd plot device, every exuberant and elaborate scene of slapstick, with the sometimes labyrinthine syntax and the fancy vocabulary, and yet his world rarely seems thin or labored. He makes it a place you can and want to move around in, in four dimensions, even though it’s Only Words. There are fundamental ideas in contest here—remember those? Like Joyce, Pynchon assumes you are smart enough to follow along, not because you’re one of the elite, but because you are human, like him. He rewards you with insight, with craftsmanship. It’s not condescending.

If you stick with the ride, in later Pynchon, in the masterpiece Against the Day, there’s another choice besides those two dismal ones on offer in CoL49. That light, a physical property of the universe, connects us all, and everything that is, and persistence and imagination offer us the possibility of grace.
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  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
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One summer afternoon Mrs Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary.
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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.

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When Oedipa Maas is named as the executor of her late lover's will, she discovers that his estate is mysteriously connected with an underground organization.

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