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The crying of lot 49.

Author: Thomas Pynchon
Publisher: Philadelphia, Lippincott [1966]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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This is considered a postmodernist novel. The protagonist is a woman named Oedipa Maas who, when the novel begins, learns that her former boyfriend, the wealthy Pierce Inverarity, has died and designated her to be the executor of his enormous estate. Inverarity's assets include vast stretches of property, a significant stamp collection, and many shares in an aerospace corporation called Yoyodyne. As Oedipa goes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pynchon, Thomas.
Crying of lot 49.
Philadelphia, Lippincott [1966]
(OCoLC)569675936
Online version:
Pynchon, Thomas.
Crying of lot 49.
Philadelphia, Lippincott [1966]
(OCoLC)625113926
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Pynchon
ISBN: 0397004184 9780397004188
OCLC Number: 1374466
Notes: "A portion of this novel was first published in Esquire magazine under the title: The world (this one), the flesh (Mrs. Oedipa Maas), and the testament of Pierce Inverarity. Another portion has appeared in Cavalier."
Description: 183 pages 21 cm

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This is considered a postmodernist novel. The protagonist is a woman named Oedipa Maas who, when the novel begins, learns that her former boyfriend, the wealthy Pierce Inverarity, has died and designated her to be the executor of his enormous estate. Inverarity's assets include vast stretches of property, a significant stamp collection, and many shares in an aerospace corporation called Yoyodyne. As Oedipa goes through her late boyfriend's will, aided by a lawyer named Metzger who works for Inverarity's law firm, she learns about a series of secret societies and strange groups of people involved in a sort of renegade postal system called Tristero. [She leaves her husband and heads for Southern California.] She starts seeing ubiquitous cryptic diagrams of a simple horn, a symbol with a seemingly infinite number of meanings. Every clue she uncovers about Tristero and the horn leads haphazardly to another, like a brainstorm, or a free association of ideas. --A.J. at Amazon.com.

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