The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

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Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.

When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Mass 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006, c1966
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial modern classics ed
ISBN: 9780060913076
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Crying of lot forty-nine


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Feb 15, 2018

This book accomplishes a mammoth amount in 150 pages. The entire movement is fluid and effortless in its shifts from sane to paranoia. This is a postmodern masterpiece. My favorite book in a long time.

Feb 20, 2015

His best book.

Apr 30, 2014

Not funny, not intersesting, the charactors deplorable, and the writing style irritating. I trudged through 26 pages, read the last paragraph on the last page (which informed me of what 'the crying of lot 49' meant), and called it quits.

Jan 29, 2014

Kind of amazing... kind of surreal. It is a really challenging story but definitely worth it. It's engaging on several levels, with plenty of great lines and scenes for casual readers. And, if you put the work in to really try and understand it all, you sort of get to live Oedipa's mystery, as you try to break down your own mystery of what the heck this story's about.

Dec 11, 2013

This book was returned on Monday.

Sean Lapointe Jan 16, 2013

If you ejoy anything in the postmodern vein, this is definately a book for you. A little bizzarre and surreal, this novel left me wanting more.

Mar 11, 2011

References inside references wrapped in references. I’m not sure I got all the references. Not my cup of tea.


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Sep 15, 2015

Published in 1966, The Crying of Lot 49 recounts the adventures of California housewife and Young Republican Oedipa Maas as she settles the estate of deceased ex-boyfriend Pierce Inverarity. Oedipa believes she may have discovered an underworld of misfits and political subversives who communicate via a centuries-old shadow postal system known as the Trystero. Alternatively, the Trystero may only be the projection of her increasingly—she worries—unhinged mind. Yet another possibility is that she is the victim of an elaborate joke perpetrated by Inverarity from beyond the grave. Real, imagined, or merely a cruel put-on, the Trystero comes to represent for Oedipa an "alternative to the exitlessness, to the absence of surprise to life, that harrows the head of everybody American” she knows. Short but capturing the essence of the author’s loopy lyricism, The Crying of Lot 49 is an ideal entry point into the Pynchon canon.


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