'The Crying of Lot 49' is a somewhat sad post-noir burlesque that concerns itself with a weird global postal conspiracy. Generally, a pretty interesting read. I read it for my task with
but I don't regret spending a few days on it. Still, what I'd say to anyone who is still wondering whether to give it a read or not is 'if what you are looking for is just a good story, this is not what you need; but if you are looking for a good story told with a compelling use of language, this is what you need.'