The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
(Perennial Fiction Library)

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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.

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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon, and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
Published June 13, 2012 by Penguin Press. 183 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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And from then on Oedipa's search, in fluid drive up and down the freeways, to the Yoyodyne electronics factory in San Narciso, into a strange society called The Tristero and for the answer to a reappearing symbol-- W.A.S.T.E., back to her psychiatrist Dr. Hilarius, and to Mucho who now knows the ...

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[…] Lot 49 is largely a meditation on the failure of communication, both in the present, and between generations.[…]Lot 49 plays around with the indistinguishable mix of fact and fiction.[…] Because his main themes are the unknowability of the universe and the limitations of communication, Pync...

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Some say that a classic is a novel that one can come back to at different times in life and always find something new in.

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For teachers and critics alike, these essays thus point us into and beyond the story Pynchon once dismissed, and suggest how very much remains to be learned about the narrative poetics of his complex and highly nuanced fictions.

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Kohn is most interested in uncovering Pynchon’s sources and influences, the works he read that had a great (or a heretofore undiscovered) influence on Pynchon as he was writing The Crying of Lot 49.

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