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The Crying of Lot 49 (Paperback)

Author:  Thomas Pynchon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 006091307X
ISBN-13: 9780060913076
Sku: 203406850
Publish Date: 10/1/1989
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  160
Age Range:  NA
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When Oedipa Maas is named as the executor of her late lovers will, she discovers that his estate is mysteriously connected with an underground organization *Author: Pynchon, Thomas *Series Title: Perennial Fiction Library *Publication Date: 1989/10/01 *Number of Pages: 192 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
From the Publisher:
"The comedy crackles, the puns pop, the satire explodes" praised the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune agreed: "The work of a virtuoso with prose. . . . His intricate symbolic order [is] akin to that of Joyce's Ulysses."

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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Oedipa Maas is made the executor of the estate of her late boyfriend Pierce Inverarity--including his enormous stamp collection. As she carries out her duties, Oedipa meets some extremely interesting characters and is enmeshed in what appears to be a worldwide conspiracy. Considered to be one of Thomas Pynchon's more "accessible" works, THE CRYING OF LOT 49 is nevertheless full of his perennial trademarks: puns and other language play (e.g. characters named Manny DiPresso and Genghis Cohen), the possible evils of science and its accompanying rationality, and the chaotic state of modern culture.Oedipa Maas is made the executor of the estate of her late boyfriend Pierce Inverarity--including his enormous stamp collection. As she carries out her duties, Oedipa meets some extremely interesting characters and is enmeshed in what appears to be a worldwide conspiracy. Considered to be one of Thomas Pynchon's more "accessible" works, THE CRYING OF LOT 49 is nevertheless full of his perennial trademarks: puns and other language play (e.g. characters named Manny DiPresso and Genghis Cohen), the possible evils of science and its accompanying rationality, and the chaotic state of modern culture.
Author Bio
Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr, was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family on Long Island, one of three children. His father was an industrial surveyor. He graduated from high school in 1953 at the age of 16, second in his class, and went to Cornell University on scholarship as an engineering physics major. After two years, he left Cornell to serve in the Navy, returning to Cornell in the fall of 1957, when he changed his major to English. His first novel, V, was published in 1963, and won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year. (When questioned in an interview about the novel's alleged difficulty, Pynchon asked, "Why shouldn't things be difficult?") Pynchon is considered one of the giants of American fiction, and is famous for, among other things, being reclusive and unwilling to give interviews.

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New York Times Book Review
"Thomas Pynchon's second novel, 'The Crying of Lot 49', reads like an episode withheld from his first, the much-acclaimed 'V.', published three years ago. Pynchon's technical virtuosity, his adaptations of the apocalyptic-satiric modes of Melville, Conrad, and Joyce, of Faulkner, Nathanael West, and Nabokov, the saturnalian inventiveness he shares with contemporaries like John Barth and Joseph Heller, his security with philosophical and psychological concepts, his anthropological intimacy with the off-beat--these evidences of extraordinary talent in the first novel continue to display themselves in the second. And the uses to which he puts them are very much the same." - Richard Poirier 5/1/66

New York Times Book Review
"Thomas Pynchon's second novel, 'The Crying of Lot 49', reads like an episode withheld from his first, the much-acclaimed 'V.', published three years ago. Pynchon's technical virtuosity, his adaptations of the apocalyptic-satiric modes of Melville, Conrad, and Joyce, of Faulkner, Nathanael West, and Nabokov, the saturnalian inventiveness he shares with contemporaries like John Barth and Joseph Heller, his security with philosophical and psychological concepts, his anthropological intimacy with the off-beat--these evidences of extraordinary talent in the first novel continue to display themselves in the second. And the uses to which he puts them are very much the same." - Richard Poirier 5/1/66

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0160
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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