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The Crying Of Lot 49 Paperback – 9 Aug 1996

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The best American novel I have read since the war -- Frank Kermode

For the reader who has yet to make acquaintance with this important comic talent. . . an appropriate introduction...defiantly, purposefully outrageous, Spectator

The Crying of Lot 49 contains some of the most elegiac writing about America since Fitzgerald, as well as packing an intense metaphorical punch about revelation, hierophany, meaning and connection that is far too complex to reduce to precis, Observer

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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1.0 out of 5 stars If I died and this was the last book I read, my life would be worthless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling postmodern novel, A salute to Pynchon's artistry
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why this book is famous
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good starter to Pynchon
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5.0 out of 5 stars 「トマス・ピンチョンは難解」と怯む方はこれ一冊だけでも!!
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