Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

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While Thomas Pynchon’s second and arguably most accessible novel thematically “singl[es] up all lines” (Crying 20) with the overarching leitmotifs of his oeuvre, it really stands as the odd one out in terms of length. With its roughly 130–180 pages (depending on edition), The Crying of Lot 49 might appear as a relapse towards the brevity of Pynchon’s first work, the short stories later published in Slow Learner. Particularly when compared to his other major works, V., Gravity’s Rainbow, Mason & Dixon and Against the Day, which tend to incorporate a plethora of such micronarratives and knot them into a byzantine tapestry, The Crying …

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Citation: Huber, Sebastian. "The Crying of Lot 49". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 December 2010 [, accessed 03 October 2023.]

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