The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

Book - 1966
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Publisher: Philadelphia : Lippincott, [1966]
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: F PYNCH-T
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Feb 20, 2015

His best book.

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joliebergman
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.

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Dr_Robot
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.

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andymcg
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.

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lilwordworm
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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pgunderson
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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