The Crying of Lot 49

A Novel

Pynchon, Thomas

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Crying of Lot 49
Baker & Taylor
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.

The Crying of Lot 49 is the classic novel of conspiracy and self-knowledge by the legendary Thomas Pynchon, now available in an Olive Edition—a lower-priced small format edition with a hip and beautiful package design. The Crying of Lot 49 is the story of 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial Olive Editions, 2009, c1966
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Olive ed
ISBN: 9780061849923
Branch Call Number: FIC P
Characteristics: 178 p. ; 18 cm.
Alternate Title: Crying of lot forty-nine


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Feb 20, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

His best book.

Apr 30, 2014
  • joliebergman rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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
  • Dr_Robot rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 16, 2013
  • Sean Lapointe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • lilwordworm rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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


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