“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force.” — San Francisco Examiner
The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's highly original classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.
When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity, dies and designates her the coexecutor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Maas 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.
“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force with a strongly European flavor.”
— San Francisco Examiner
“The comedy crackles, the puns pop, the satire explodes.”
— New York Times
"Mr. Pynchon's satirical eye doesn't miss a thing, including rock n' roll singers right wing extremists, and the general subculture of Southern California."
— Library Journal
"The work of a virtuoso with prose. . . . His intricate symbolic order is akin to that of Joyce's Ulysses."
— Chicago Tribune