Reviews of Crying of Lot 49, the (1965)
Review by nui6882 (2003-07-16)
This book is my favorite of Pynchon's. It is a strange book; very complicated, with very broad satire of the pop culture of the 1960s. The humor ranges from the highly sophisticated to the juvinile (the call letters of the radio station, for example). Still, it is far more coherent than V., and the characters are very interesting dispite their overt silliness. The narrative is intentionally incomprehensible, with conspiracies of unfathomable depth pervading a twisting plot. We, like the Oedipa Maas, are forced to forever await the crying of lot 49.