The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

The shortest of Pynchon's novels and often considered his most accessible, the book is about a woman, Oedipa Maas, possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero (or Tristero). The former actually existed, and was the first firm to distribute postal mail; the latter is Pynchon's invention. The novel is often classified as a notable example of postmodern fiction.

The 504th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  2. - How to Read and Why (Harold Bloom)
  3. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  4. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  5. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library) Paperback 17225 $6.45 $1.25 2006
The Crying of Lot 49 (Paperback) Paperback 1829065 $4.96 $1.42
The Crying of Lot 49 (Chinese Edition) Hardcover 6075198 $8.40 2018
Crying of Lot 49, The Hardcover 5113691 $148.80
Crying of Lot 49 Mass Market Paperback 1185166 $15.99 $3.36
The Crying of Lot 49 Kindle Edition 21672 $7.99 2012
The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Classics) Paperback 159593 $5.36 $0.01 1999
The Crying of Lot 49 Hardcover 597355 $14.75 $52.23 2010
The Crying of Lot 49 Paperback 786368 $7.00 $0.99 2009
The Crying of Lot 49 Hardcover 2420605 $206.86 $45.15 1997
La subasta del lote 49 (Biblioteca en Fabula) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2598756 $6.99 $5.95 2010
The Crying of Lot 49 Hardcover 3056858 $751.01 $49.99
The Crying of Lot 49 by Pynchon,Thomas. [1999] Paperback Paperback 748676 $12.25
The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library) The Crying of Lot 49 Paperback 343079 $8.07 $5.22 1989