Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humour, "The Crying of Lot 49" opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover's estate.
The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her.
But gradually, death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oepida in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting "The Crying of Lot 49".
This is one of Pynchon's shortest novels and one of his best.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099532613
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Review by prof_brazen_guff
More accessible than other Pynchon works, but still mind-blowing in places! Not necessarily to everyone's taste, but to a devotee like myself, a masterpiece! Nobody else writes like this!
Review by djamanning
Lurches like a drunk-man, I found this the least compelling.
Review by Rynooo
Not sure if I enjoyed it - I found it rather laborious and it was a relief to get to the end. It's definitely put me off reading Pynchon's longer works. I quite like his convoluted style but the meandering is a bit over the top and found myself doing double-takes at the endless quick-fire, mid-paragraph scene changes.
Review by soylentgreen23
Wow. I'm really not sure about Pynchon, and about this book. Did I even like it? I don't even know! It's a crazy story, told in a semi-crazy manner; there's a conspiracy, some deaths, some intrigue, some amateur detective shenanigans, even an underground postal society. It was tough-going reading parts of it, but I did feel myself getting more and more sucked in.
Review by WilfGehlen
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