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19th Jun '16 2:04:17 PM nombretomado
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''The Crying of Lot 49'' is a 1966 novel (or perhaps novella) by ThomasPynchon. It is about a woman named Oedipa Maas who unravels the rivalry between two mail distribution companies, Trystero and Thurn und Taxis. Possibly. Or maybe it's an elaborate prank. [[MindScrew Or maybe she is actually hallucinating it all.]]

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''The Crying of Lot 49'' is a 1966 novel (or perhaps novella) by ThomasPynchon.Creator/ThomasPynchon. It is about a woman named Oedipa Maas who unravels the rivalry between two mail distribution companies, Trystero and Thurn und Taxis. Possibly. Or maybe it's an elaborate prank. [[MindScrew Or maybe she is actually hallucinating it all.]]
12th Apr '16 11:06:12 AM Ender42
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''The Crying of Lot 49'' is a 1966 novel (or perhaps novella) by ThomasPynchon. It is about a woman named Oedipa Maas who unravels the rivalry between two mail distribution companies, Trystero and Thurn und Taxis.

Though it is significantly shorter than the rest of Pynchon's novels (especially ''Against the Day'' and ''Mason & Dixon''), it has become one of Pynchon's most popular books, after ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' and possibly ''V''.

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''The Crying of Lot 49'' is a 1966 novel (or perhaps novella) by ThomasPynchon. It is about a woman named Oedipa Maas who unravels the rivalry between two mail distribution companies, Trystero and Thurn und Taxis.

Taxis. Possibly. Or maybe it's an elaborate prank. [[MindScrew Or maybe she is actually hallucinating it all.]]

Though it is significantly shorter than the rest of Pynchon's novels (especially ''Against the Day'' and ''Mason & Dixon''), it has become one of Pynchon's most popular books, after ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' and possibly ''V''.
''V''. Time magazine included it in its "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".
30th Apr '15 12:06:46 PM nombretomado
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Though it is significantly shorter than the rest of Pynchon's novels (especially ''Against the Day'' and ''Mason & Dixon''), it has become one of Pynchon's most popular books, after ''GravitysRainbow'' and possibly ''V''.

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Though it is significantly shorter than the rest of Pynchon's novels (especially ''Against the Day'' and ''Mason & Dixon''), it has become one of Pynchon's most popular books, after ''GravitysRainbow'' ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' and possibly ''V''.
28th Oct '14 6:41:53 PM SomeRandomBastard
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*** Still on the ''Lolita'' train, it also contains an early usage of the term "nymphet", which might have helped popularize it.
28th Oct '14 6:40:05 PM SomeRandomBastard
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Regardless of whether or not Oedipa Maas manages to get anything done, it's completely for naught. Either absolutely everyone is part of a conspiracy, or she is insane, paranoid and detached from reality.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Regardless of whether or not Oedipa Maas manages to get anything done, it's completely for naught. Either absolutely nearly everyone she knows is part of a conspiracy, conspiracy (whether it's a genuine conspiracy or a joke her late husband - who might not even be dead - is playing on her, almost ''everyone'' is on it and against her), or she is insane, paranoid and detached from reality.reality. And to top it off, no matter what, the experience has completely broken her.]]
28th Oct '14 6:36:18 PM SomeRandomBastard
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* DownerEnding:[[spoiler: Regardless of whether or not Oedipa Maas manages to get anything done, it's completely for naught. Absolutely everyone she knows is part of Tristero]]

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* DownerEnding:[[spoiler: Regardless DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Regardless of whether or not Oedipa Maas manages to get anything done, it's completely for naught. Absolutely Either absolutely everyone she knows is part of Tristero]]a conspiracy, or she is insane, paranoid and detached from reality.]]
11th Jan '14 2:27:28 AM CassandraLeo
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* NoEnding: Because it's a Pynchon novel.

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* NoEnding: Because it's a Pynchon novel. [[spoiler:The novel ends just as Oedipa is making headway into her investigation, without telling us what she finds.]]
11th Jan '14 2:26:05 AM CassandraLeo
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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Is Oedipa onto a genuine conspiracy? Is the entire thing an elaborate practical joke planned on her by her ex-boyfriend? Is she losing her mind and hallucinating the whole thing? The narrative never tells us, and indeed acknowledges that all of these are possibilities.]]
28th Oct '13 7:21:29 AM DrMabuse
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* ShoutOut: When Serge of The Paranoids loses his eight-year old girlfriend to a middle-aged man, he writes a song that namechecks [[{{Lolita}} Humbert Humbert]]. As you would expect from a Pynchon novel, there are dozens of others.

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* ShoutOut: When Serge of The Paranoids loses his eight-year 16-year old girlfriend to a middle-aged man, he writes a song that namechecks [[{{Lolita}} Humbert Humbert]]. As you would expect from a Pynchon novel, there are dozens of others.others.
** He then contemplates hanging around playgrounds to pick up a 8-year-old girlfriend, since his own was stolen by a man twice her age.
25th Sep '13 10:05:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Expy}}: Despite being from Southern California, the four members of the band The Paranoids are ''very'' similar to Music/TheBeatles. A nickname for The Beatles was "Los Paranoias"[[hottip:*:they even recorded a song by this title, although it was not released until TheNineties on one of the ''Anthology'' albums]].

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* {{Expy}}: Despite being from Southern California, the four members of the band The Paranoids are ''very'' similar to Music/TheBeatles. A nickname for The Beatles was "Los Paranoias"[[hottip:*:they Paranoias"[[note]]they even recorded a song by this title, although it was not released until TheNineties on one of the ''Anthology'' albums]].albums[[/note]].
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