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The Crying of Lot 49 (Paperback)

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We all want to say that we've actually read a Thomas Pynchon book. THE CRYING OF LOT 49 is Pynchon's debut-- a slim, strange story of corporate mysticism and individual perplexity. It's by far Pynchon's most accessible work, and it opens the door to the author's more abstract stories. You'll read it in a weekend and think about it for months.

— From THE CRYING OF LOT 49 (Thomas Pynchon)


Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.

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

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060913076
ISBN-10: 006091307X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 17th, 2006
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Perennial Fiction Library