Next Up: The Crying Of Lot 49
Hello Thomas Pynchon. It’s been awhile.
I read The Crying of Lot 49 back in college, but that was many, many years ago—back when you could ride on airplanes without having to take off your shoes in the security line.
I’m looking forward to reading this one again, as I remember it to be a clever novel. I loved Pynchon’s style. Plus, The Crying Of Lot 49 is very short—only 150 pages!
The story couldn’t seem more boring—it’s about an old rivalry between two mail carriers. But that’s the beauty of this novella.
So here’s a little info about The Crying Of Lot 49 and its author, Thomas Pynchon:
- The book was published in 1966 and is cited as one of the most well-known examples of post-modern fiction. Also, though, the book has been called a parody of post-modernism. Which one is it?
- The Crying of Lot 49 has influenced everyone from Radiohead to William Gibson to the writers for the television shows Mad Men and Parks and Recreation. Pop culture is full of references and nods to this book.
- The book was Pynchon’s second novel/novella. One of his other novels, Gravity’s Rainbow, is also on the Time list, but I haven’t got to it yet.
- Pynchon attended college at Cornell and was in one of Vladimir Nabokov’s Literature 312 classes. How cool is that?
- Pynchon, currently 76 years old, is extremely private. He’s had little contact with the media for over forty years, and few photos of him are known to exist. He currently lives in New York City, according to the Atlantic Wire. More to come on this.
Pynchon was said to have a heavy influence on David Foster Wallace, so it will be interesting to see those similarities as I read this novel.
Any thoughts on Pynchon and/or The Crying Of Lot 49?