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  1. says:

    so imagine you re browsing through a bookstore on a lazy saturday afternoon you stop in the pynchon section, and there, out of the corner of your eye, you see this guy and he s checking you out you think, wow this is one for the movies does this actually happen this is a sexually oriented biased review, sorry you proceed to chat, laughing at the length of gravity s rainbow and you go next door with your new books to grab a cup of coffee, which turns into dinner, whuch turns in to crepes at this great little shop, which turns into a long walk, which turns into a bottle of syrah in your living room over twelve hours later.and you re so compelled the conversation is amazing, he s SO dynamic, he tells good stories even though it has the tendency to be stream of consciousness, he s convoluted and mysterious and you never want this night to end he makes random allusions that you always pretend to recognize but don t really understand he draws random doodles on scraps of paper, napkins, bathroom walls, foreheads of strangers, anywhere he can get his point across you can t get out of your mind how brilliant thi...


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    Appetite for DeconstructionMost readers approach a complex novel, like a scientist approaches the world or a detective approaches a crime with an appetite for knowledge and understanding, and a methodology designed to satiate their appetite The Crying of Lot 49 TCL49 presents a challenge to this type of quest for two reasons.One, it suggests that not everything is knowable and we should get used to it.Second, the novel itself fictionalizes a quest which potentially fails to allow the female protagonist, Oedipa Maas, to understand the situation confronting her.Arguably, Pynchon serves up a work that reveals about method than it does about the subject matter of the quest, the world around us.Who Dunnit If this were a who dunnit, we don t end up learning who dunnit.It is all hunt and no catch.If we are seeking the metaphysical truth, we do not find it.The truth might even have escaped or got away.It might never have been there in the first place.Or there might not be something as simple as the truth.To this extent, TCL49 might be a novel about futility, rather than success.Get It Inevitably, this affects the way any review approaches the novel.It is not simply a matter of whether the reviewer got it and con...


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    My first excursion into the Pynchonesque and it left me disorientated, introspective and utterly confused about how exactly I feel about it I m taking the cowards way out and giving it three stars even though that makes me feel like I m punting the responsibility football and doing my best imitation of an ostrich when trouble walks by I am going to have to re read this My assumption is that I began this book taking Pynchon a little too lightly I decided to start my exploration of Pynchon here because it s widely considered his most accessible work I figured even as addled as my brain is with wine sediment and Milk Duds, my big boy education would serve as an adequate navigator on this little journey Well, around page 21, I started getting that I m lost, have you seen my momma feeling and there s not a single character in this story trustworthy enough to ask directions on how to get back to the plot This much I think I know Oedipa Mass get used to monikers like that as every character s name is a play on words is a clever, self motivated middle aged housewife from California who isn t above shagging the occasional stranger not her husband hell it s the 60 s Oedipa s ex shag partner, Pierce Inverarity, dies uber rich and leaves her as co executor of his estate Inverarity is a practical joker extraordinaire and s...


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    The kind of book that makes people hate books Literally one of, if not, the worst story I ve ever read A classic English majors only book, aka people like talking about this book and that they get it make you feel like their intellectual inferior This book is the literary equivalent of some hipster noise band that everyone knows sucks but people will say they are good just to be in the know I must say this before I get a bunch of messages from people looking down their nose at me I do get it I got an A on the paper I wrote on this book but what I ge...


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    Thomas Pynchon s The Crying of Lot 49 is not for everyone mostly I know this because I ve recommended this book before and been dismayed when it was not loved I ve been reading a lot of books lately which are not easily classifiable, and The Crying of Lot 49 definitely fits that mold For me, it is a wild ride through layers of conspiracy, alternative history mostly in the form of an underground postal system , some heavy duty neurosis and 60s LA suburbia When you have all that, it s just a waste of time to talk about whether or not there s a real plot And it s so funny V is another one of Pynchon s masterpieces, but The Crying of Lot 49 written decades before its time in 1966 is both much shorter and accessible I don t usually include quotes in my reviews, but I ll end with a favorite passage from this book which speaks to whether you should believe in other version s of reality I came, she said, hoping you could talk me out of a fantasy Cherish it cried Hilarious, fiercely What ...


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    Muted I am in an alien way, Post reading this weird novel about a Horn that despite many mouths, remains Muted across the Post offices of circuitous US lands although the blare of this Horn is audible to a secretive group that moves in Muted shadows and sews in its hem, high Post bearers and zany professors who insist to Horn out any intruders who, in public or Muted way, attempt to Post any letters sent with this Horn bearing stamp to any Muted or alive estate holder, even if Post delivery, the estate holder might Horn away in their favour but Muted and inquisitive, our heroine, Oedipa Maas, Post receipt of the news of her ex boyfriends death without any Horn and trumpet, finds that a seemingly Muted journey of co executor of his estate, shall Post her in the midst of a raging war of Horn ,one representing an established postal network and another, a Muted yet bizarrely active clandestine network that Post marks its parcels with watermarks of Horn with a bold acronym, W.A.S.T....


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    Once upon a time I won this book from Stephen M Apparently, Mr M had purchased this book used The previous owner being a young scholar filled the inside cover pages with erudite observations gleaned from the text I present them for you here in their entirety along with my parenthetical comments 1 Immoral in beginning mostly about how we think deep 2 Mucho takes drugs to escape problems ya don t say 3 She s searching for answers because she thinks there s a conspiracy in the male sic.4 Dr Halarius sic a doctor sic running away from Israelites but there s no Israelites running after him because he was a jew nazi umm scratches head 5 Looking for truth but always falls apart All the people she knows have non realistic things going on I told you this chick was deep 6 She s searching for truth alone.7 All characters are in there to show loss of truth hmmmm 8 She see s sic WASTE, loss horny fianc throughout the group what the hell this is underlined btw, apparently very important 9 People always try to silence of truth perhaps English is a second language 10 Mute horn the muting of everything no one is supposed to know 11 Unlike the character Oedpa, we are pushed into quietism oh are we 12 People that complain never gets anywhere sic what that has to do with this book is anyone s guess 13 Tries to prove g...


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    I really want to like Thomas Pynchon I love the whole brilliant but reclusive author act, and all the cool kids at the library seem to think he s the cat s ass But I m starting to think that he and I are never going to be friends I tried to read Gravity s Rainbow twice and wound up curled up in the fetal position , crying while sucking my thumb Supposedly, this is his most accessible book It was easier to read than GR, but easier to understand Well.Oedipa Maas unexpectedly finds herself as the executor to a wealthy former lover s estate While trying to deal with that, she begins meeting odd people and seeing symbols that lead her to a bizarre conspiracy theory about a centuries old society called the Trystero that is mostly known for running an underground postal system But the evidence she finds about the Trystero ...


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    Y know I feel sorry for Pynchon He s gained a reputation as a difficult writer This problem plagues Faulkner as well People go into Pynchon s and Faulkner s novels and quickly realise that things happen very differently in here and thus, unnerved by the shock of the new, hastily retreat It s a pity My best advice for reading Pynchon Stop trying to understand everything If a passage, or a page, or hell, even a whole chapter doesn t make any sense, don t bother yourself over it Just move on The only person who s ever fully understood a Pynchon novel is Pynchon.There s a couple of ways to read The Crying of Lot 49 You can read it as a mystery novel, you can read it as a meditation on 1960s post war America la Breakfast of Champions and you can also read it as a great satire on the postmodernist novel I read it as the latter If you stand back from this novel and try to see it as Pynchon essentially taking the piss out of all the tropes and plots and characters often found in postmodernist literature, then I think it starts making the most sense.The novel follows Oedipa Maas who, after discovering a strange trumpet like symbol on the wall of a bathroom, goes on an incredibly convoluted and complex journey to unmask the symbol s true meaning Despite the novel s brevity only...


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    Quite fittingly, I m sitting down to write this review after having just checked the mail Nothing today but junk and bills Save for my paltry royalty checks and the occasional bit of fan mail here and there fans, you know who you are , that s about all I get most days, but this still doesn t stop me from checking the box two, three, or even four times until something shows up On the odd day there s no mail before suppertime, I m usually left somewhat disconcerted What, no catalogs No supermarket flyers Not even anything for that chick who lived here three tenants ago I start to worry that the postman fell ill, or had an accident somewhere along the way.That s how reliable the mail is.Sure, we ve all had mail arrive late, if ever at all Things get lost from time to time, but whatever our complaints against the various couriers, what we forget in those moments of frustration is that 99.99% of the mail addressed to us in our lifetime does eventually make its way into our hands, and usually right on time It s simply astounding Sometimes I wonder whether UPS, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service have all colluded to pioneer some new teleportation technology, warping pallets of packages and correspondence from coast to coast, leisurely loading their bags and trucks ...


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The Crying of Lot 49 This Is An Alternate Cover For ISBN 006091397X.Oedipa Maas Is Made The Executor Of The Estate Of Her Late Boyfriend, Pierce Inverarity As She Diligently Carriers Out Her Duties, Oedipa Is Enmeshed In What Would Appear To Be A Worldwide Consipracy, Meets Some Extremely Interesting Characters, And Attains A Not Inconsiderable Amount Of Self Knowledge.