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December Books 8) The Crying of Lot 49

8) The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon

Woman discovers she has been made the executor of her ex-husband's will, and is sucked into a bewildering world of conspiracies around subversive alternative postal systems. Reminded me a bit of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and associated books, which presumably drew some inspiration from this source. But it didn't really grab me. At least it was short.

Top UnSuggestions for this book:
1 Don't Waste Your Life, by John Piper
2 Honeymoon, by James Patterson
3 R is for Ricochet, by Sue Grafton

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nickbarnes
Dec. 13th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I loved this. Have you read much other Pynchon?
nwhyte
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
No, none at all!!!
nwhyte
Dec. 14th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Actually, not quite none; I googled him sufficiently to quote in the first footnote of this report.
bellinghman
Dec. 13th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
As someone who lover Gravity's Rainbow (one of my top 10 books - and possibly the only book I can say that of), I was bitterly disappointed when I went out and read this.

That was a very long time ago, and I might read it differently now.
rmc28
Dec. 14th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I just read R is for Ricochet and can recommend it :)
applez
Dec. 14th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Nice ... I was considering getting the next Sue Grafton book for my mom. ;-)
wwhyte
Dec. 14th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
I remember really enjoying it when I read it in my early 20s, but that is perhaps the ideal age for it. I loved the energy, the density of inventiveness, and the discipline of it. Also, it's right at the start of postmodernism, in the middle of the line from the Beats to people like Chuck Palahniuk and Jonathan Franzen. There's no real characters or story, just ideas and momentum, but the ideas fizz so nicely.

communicator
Dec. 14th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Cryptonomicon is like an inferior knock-off of Pynchon IMHO. It all gets darker and more complicted after 'Lot 49' BTW.
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