Day: October 21, 2011

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon

Intro I bought this book the same day that I bought my violin. January 30, 2009. My superstitious self tells me that I shouldn’t have bought this book with Karl Johan, my violin; I should have seen it as a portent. A portent of what? That I would not be able to make Karl Johan sing. That I would abandon my classical music pursuit. For the time being, at least. And why am I talking about my violin here? It’s because I don’t know how to start writing about this book. The Rhapsody Thomas Pynchon, as one of my bookish friends pointed out, is an elusive writer. Is he even a real person? We don’t know, but we would like to believe that he is, given the acclaim that he is being regarded with, along with other American literary giants like Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth. This book is probably his shortest work, and just like the elusive trait of its author, it eluded my understanding. I do not know what this book …