Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library), The

Thomas Pynchon
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.


Reviewed: 2016-07-30
If you can work your way through the first 10 pages, you're in for a confounding treat.
Reviewed: 2016-03-09
Reviewed: 2015-09-27

So this is one of those books that book people know the title of and feel at some point they should read. I chose this one because it was small and I knew I didn't have a lot of time to finish a book that week. This was a lot tougher to read than I was looking for. Maybe I'm not cerebral enough, but books that I have a hard time understanding the metaphors, or just the plot in general are just not for me. I got through it, but barely. Hard to understand, hard to follow. I did end up googling it and was happy to see I knew more of what was going on than I thought. Not sure that's a plus though.

Reviewed: 2015-06-11

This is a postmodern book through and through--so don't go into it expecting a lucid plot, a defined narrative arc, a revealing climax, or really any of the structure you've been taught to expect of any traditional novel. It's a 4.5 for a variety of reasons: its embrace of the postmodern "structure" (whatever that is), its important position in a new stage of American literature and art (it's considered one of the first postmodern novels), its sheer fun, and the audacity of such a book. It stands on its artistic merits alone, and is furthermore just an important piece of literature.

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