The Crying of Lot 49

    • 4.1 • 17 Ratings
    • $16.99

    • $16.99

Publisher Description

Calling Thomas Pynchon a “virtuoso with prose,” the Chicago Tribune compares his work to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Pynchon, winner of the National Book Award, has shocked, enthralled, and delighted fans for more than 40 years with his satire and wit. Quite unexpectedly,Mrs. oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce’s affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
GW
George Wilson
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
06:17
hr min
RELEASED
2008
February 15
PUBLISHER
Recorded Books
SIZE
310
MB

Customer Reviews

tune-in ,

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

After listening to this novel, I understand why whole college semesters have been constructed around Lot 49; reminded me of an assigned college read--Nabokov's Pale Fire. Listed as one of Time Magazine's Best English novels...a post-modernist conspiracy novel (or is it just coincidence?) that revels in its brilliant disorder, precise ambiguity, and sophisticated silliness. Pynchon is the master of defying conclusion--rather he engages your interpretive thinking, employing you to draw your own conclusions (like coming up with an answer to "if a tree falls in the forest...")...and you will probably come to a different one, if any, each time you re-visit this enigmatic novel. Timeless and smart; a pop-culture classic.

Tenebrae86 ,

A book that translates well

I've always been a fan of Thomas Pynchon, it's one of those things that has followed me since high school; beautiful prose with sharp humor, science, brilliantly entertaining. I bought this book as one of many for working long hours without any real human interaction -- and i found it endlessly entertaining, listening to it constantly, endlessly... The Crying of Lot 49 is a book that shines in audio format mainly due to how -- in a very un-pynchon fashion -- is very concise and tight, avoiding to some degree the maximalism that has become a point later in his career. As his second book, Thomas Pynchon himself has scorned this effort to some degree -- but it's a beautiful american classic, every bit worth the 6+ hours.

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