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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

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Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. New York: Perennial Library, 1965.

O'Donnell, Patrick, ed. New essays on The Crying of Lot 49. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Newman, Robert D. Understanding Thomas Pynchon. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1986.

Hite, Molly. Ideas of Order in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1983.

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5 stars

by steph-riggs, October 27, 2016

'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.'