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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon


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Digital Audiobook (2/14/2008)
Prebound (1/1/2010)
Prebound (10/1/2006)
Library Binding (11/1/1997)
Paperback (12/1/2010)
Paperback (6/1/1996)
Paperback (11/3/2009)
Paperback (4/1/1999)


“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force.” — San Francisco Examiner

The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's highly original classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.

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

Praise For The Crying of Lot 49

“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force with a strongly European flavor.”
San Francisco Examiner

“The comedy crackles, the puns pop, the satire explodes.”
New York Times

"Mr. Pynchon's satirical eye doesn't miss a thing, including rock n' roll singers right wing extremists, and the general subculture of Southern California."
Library Journal

"The work of a virtuoso with prose. . . . His intricate symbolic order is akin to that of Joyce's Ulysses."
Chicago Tribune

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 9780060913076, 160pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2006

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon was born in 1937. His books include V, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and Bleeding Edge.