Review: Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49”
A surprise reread, getting some points on KAM’s mega-list. The 1966 tale of the randomised adventures of Oedipa Maas as she executes an ex-lover’s will and tracks down the history of a rogue postal system. Bewildering but gripping once you’re in the zone, eloquent and zany and fun, I can imagine this would have had scads of revolutionary charm 50 years ago. I’d still recommend it as a good read.
Where it came from: MM’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading: A few confused sampler reads, followed by an absorbed-and-slightly-running-late-but-what-the-hell morning read
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (although an awful lot briefer)
Who I’d recommend it to: Readers after a quick, quirky qulassic
Also reading: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews