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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
Tags:American Literature, 20th Century, Fiction, Postmodernism

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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966)


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don't know what to think about this. My confusion is partly due to the fact that I had a gap in my reading of this (stress & illness intervened). I remember loving Pynchon during my college days & suspect that I have outgrown my taste for convoluted writing... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Did not finish this. Just did not enjoy his writing style. Very disappointed. Tried, really wanted to like it, just didn't happen. Read what I did on a plane and in a hotel in Dallas. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Mar 11, 2017 |
After several weeks of a few pages a day, I'm finally done with this book.
I didn't like it.
To me it is so strange that the whole story eludes me. Well, reading a few pages a day won't help that, but I just couldn't digest any more. Lack of concentration, very strange story, the point of which I couldn't grasp... I'm happy to be done!
This one will probably be stored inside my brain as 'read, but for the life of me I can't remember the contents'... ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jan 17, 2017 |
Second time I read this book in the last 6-8 years. I understood it a little better because I referenced the Pynchon wiki and Sparknotes. Really not sure what the point of it all was. It is such a 60's book... I did learn what a post horn is though.

I guess the 60's are just too long ago for me to appreciate the social commentary aspect. ( )
  delta351 | Jan 3, 2017 |
I just could not get into this. I found the prose so unpleasant. I didn't feel anything for the characters, either, neither love nor hate, just blah-nothing. Yuck. ( )
  beckyrenner | Dec 29, 2016 |
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Did not finish this. Just did not enjoy his writing style. Very disappointed. Tried, really wanted to like it, just didn't happen. Read what I did on a plane and in a hotel in Dallas

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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 author of "The Crying of Lot 29" is Thomas Pynchon, not Kurt Vonnegut. If this is your copy, please correct the author.
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To manage a will, Oedipa follows the horn, while Trystero waits. (johnxlibris)

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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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