The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Title: The Crying of Lot 49, Author: Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49. Finished 9-24-19, 3.25/5, classic fiction, 152 pages, pub. 1966

Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humor, 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 Oedipa in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting the Crying of Lot 49.  from Goodreads

Bizarre.  Paranoia and insanity abound in this short novel.  There were many moments, especially at the beginning where I cared and thought I “got it” but no.  Sadly, it turns out I did not “get it” at all. It had some light moments that made me laugh, but once the crazy got on a roll it didn’t really stop.  I am obviously not cool enough to appreciate Pynchon and I’m okay with that.

So, who is a fan of Pynchon?  What attracts you?

This is   my 32nd selection for the Classics Club challenge.  I have until January 1, 2020 to get to 50 (lol).

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