The Crying of Lot 49-9780099532613

The Crying of Lot 49 by Pynchon, Thomas

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Author: Pynchon, Thomas

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 6 June 1996 by Vintage Publishing (Vintage Classics) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 160 pages
196 x 130 x 8 | 134g

By far the shortest of Pynchon's great, dazzling novels - and one of the best.

Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humour, The Crying of Lot 49 opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually, death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oepida in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting The Crying of Lot 49.

'Engineered like a rocket' Ned Beauman, Independent'The best book to start with' Guardian